The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with its concept of Agile Combat Employment as a way to increase its force generation capabilities in a contested environment. The Pacific Air Forces, or PACAF, under Gen. Charles Q. Brown, USAF, who is moving into his role as the chief of the Air Force on August 6, replacing a retiring Gen. David Goldfein, USAF, began looking at how to engage small groups of multifunctional airmen to increase capabilities in the Indo-Pacific region last year. In February, PACAF conducted training of airmen in this so-called Agile Combat Employment concept, which is designed to shift operational-level forces into smaller, tactical-level forces.
U.S. Air Forces Europe
Brig. Gen. Charles S. Corcoran, USAF, has been selected for the grade of major general and assigned as chief of staff, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
Brig. Gen. Jon T. Thomas, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 86th Airlift Wing, U.S. Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.