President Obama has extended the deadline to claim retroactive stop loss payments until Dec. 3. Active and retired airmen as well as former members of the National Guard or reserve may be eligible for the payments if they served in Operation Enduring Freedom from Oct. 2, 2001, to Jan. 31, 2003, or Operation Iraqi Freedom from May 2, 2003, through Dec. 31, 2003, according to Air Force Personnel Center officials at Randolph AFB, Tex. Obama signed a resolution on Sept. 30 extending the application deadline, which was originally set to expire on Oct. 21. If approved, airmen could be eligible for up to $500 in retroactive special pay for each month that they were affected by the stop loss. Those who accepted a selective re-enlistment bonus subsequent to being affected by stop loss are not eligible for the retroactive pay. (Randolph report by Daniel P. Elkins)
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.