The Air Force would add seven operational fighter squadrons to its ranks under an expansion plan. (1st Lt. Lauren Linscott/Air Force)
The Air Force's top leaders want to boost the number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 over the next seven to 12 years, the service's top civilian announced Monday.
Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson revealed the plan in remarks during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md. The announcement did not include updated end strength figures or plans to pay for the additional 74 squadrons.
Those squadrons are critical to the Air Force's ability to defeat violent extremists and maintain readiness, Wilson said.
“What we know from analysis … the Air Force is too small for what the nation expects from us,” Wilson said, noting the current 312 operational squadrons are not enough. “So what will it take? 386.”
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For five decades, Harvey Pratt sketched drawings of the country's most brutal murderers, including Ted Bundy, the “BTK” killer and the Green River Killer.
But in his latest work, the Marine Corps veteran and member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes, will honor his heritage and Native Americans veterans.
After reviewing submissions, Pratt's vision was selected for the Native American Veterans Memorial, which will be constructed outside the National Museum of the American Indian by late 2020.
The design, “Warriors' Circle of Honor,” features a steel circle above a drum that will ripple water. It will also have a flame burning in the center of the circular monument. It incorporates four elements - earth, wind, fire and water -representing all federally recognized Native American tribes.
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Dr. Tyrone Krause recites the commissioning oath given by his daughter, Ensign Laura Krause, while aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Ramage. (Photo by Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Maxwell Anderson/Navy)
He's spent decades in operating rooms, standing over patients as he repaired their hearts.
At a time when 63-year-old Dr. Tyrone Krause could be winding down his career and mapping out the best beaches to enjoy a drink, he's instead brushing up on push-ups as he prepares to leave for the Navy's Officer Candidate School.
“Sometimes I wonder what the hell I got myself into,” Krause said, chuckling. Krause obtained a waiver to commission into the U.S. Navy Reserve in July. He was inspired to join after his daughter, Ensign Laura Krause, earned her Navy commission in 2015.
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