SSgt. Austin May, a public affairs specialist with the 100th Air Refueling Wing at RAF Mildenhall, Britain, designed the new wings occupational badge to be worn by airmen without previous flying qualification who will operate remotely piloted vehicles. The first class of these airmen graduated Sept. 25 at Creech AFB, Nev. and received these wings. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz approved May’s design, which May, a native of Katy, Tex., refined and perfected over an eight-month period based on feedback from Air Staff officials. May, already creator of the comic strip “Air Force Blues” chronicling the life of an Alaska-based pilot, said it was a “thrilling opportunity” to design the wings; he is now honored to be part of unmanned aircraft history. (SAF/PA report by TSgt. Amaani Lyle)
Rumored cuts to the F-35 from the fiscal 2025 defense budget—six from Air Force plans—would not be offset by recent Foreign Military Sales, and will disrupt ongoing Lot 19 negotiations, Pentagon and industry sources said.