Air Force Special Operations Command ends operational use of the MH-53 Pave Low helicopter. The last six in service completed combat operations in Southwest Asia on Sept. 27 and were being transported back to the states for retirement. The Pave Lows had served for 40 years, including combat in the Vietnam War.
Supply chain and vanishing vendor issues make supporting old nuclear systems increasingly difficult, Global Strike Command’s logistics and engineering chief Brig. Gen. Kenyon K. Bell said. Additive printing will be a big help but can be hampered by bureaucracy.