Offutt AFB, Neb., is the preferred location for the new satellite central identification lab for the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command, according to base officials. “The 55th Wing is proud to welcome the JPAC as a new member of Team Offutt,” said Brig. Gen. Don Bacon, wing commander, in a release May 15. He added, “Their mission is of the utmost importance to our nation and the families of those missing service members, and we look forward to helping them bring home and identifying these fallen warriors in any way that we can.” JPAC, headquartered at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, searches for, recovers, and then works to identify the remains of unaccounted American prisoners of war and those military personnel missing in action from past conflicts. The new satellite lab will help JPAC meet the congressional mandate to identify 200 remains per year beginning in 2015, said the Offutt officials. Plans are for Building D, former home of the Air Force Weather Agency, to house the satellite lab. JPAC’s central lab is located in Honolulu.
In a nighttime ceremony contrived to continue concealment of many of its features, the new B-21 bomber rolled out of Northrop Grumman's Palmdale, Calif. plant Dec. 2. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said the aircraft's advanced technology represents "deterrence, the American way."