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Update: Air Force puts future basing plans for Davis-Monthan AFB, Nellis AFB on hold pending NDAA outcome

The Department of the Air Force announced today it is pausing plans related to aircraft basing decisions at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona and Nellis AFB, Nevada that are dependent upon the requirement to retire 42 A-10 Thunderbolt IIs.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2705443/update-air-force-puts-future-basing-plans-for-davis-monthan-afb-nellis-afb-on-h/ DoD News

Nellis AFB to become 5th generation Center of Excellence

The Department of the Air Force announced plans today to make space for a larger fighter presence at Nellis Air Force Base by realigning the base’s close air support and rescue missions to Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, starting in fiscal year 2022.
An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 6th Weapons Squadron lands after a training mission at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., March 16, 2021. The U.S. Air Force Weapons School provides academic and advisory support to numerous units, enhancing air combat training for Airmen from the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. allied services each year.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2677807/nellis-afb-to-become-5th-generation-center-of-excellence/ DoD News

Ebbing ANGB selected to host F-35 training center for FMS participants, RSAF F-16 training

The F-35 provides next-generation stealth capabilities to the U.S. and many U.S. ally and partner nations with its aerodynamic performance, advanced integrated avionics, enhanced situational awareness and increased survivability.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2644380/ebbing-angb-selected-to-host-f-35-training-center-for-fms-participants-rsaf-f-1/ DoD News

First B-1Bs resume flight operations

The first B-1B Lancers resumed flight operations May 3 following a safety stand-down issued April 20 by Gen. Tim Ray, Air Force Global Strike Command commander. Individual B-1B aircraft will return to flight as inspections and maintenance directed during the stand-down are completed on each aircraft.
Aircrew members with the 9th Bomb Squadron conduct preflight inspections in a B-1B Lancer at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, April 19, 2021. This aircraft was flown to Tinker AFB, Okla. for structures prototyping evaluation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. David Owsianka)

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2599973/first-b-1bs-resume-flight-operations/ DoD News

New active component added to Air National Guard KC-135 at Eielson AFB

The department plans to add four additional KC-135s and up to 220 additional active duty personnel making it a total force unit and increasing the squadron’s total KC-135 aircraft to 12. The personnel will be reassigned from within the Air Force.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2543890/new-active-component-added-to-air-national-guard-kc-135-at-eielson-afb/ DoD News