The Air Force wants to make sure it maintains its close air support capability and culture well into the future even as it transitions more aircraft and units to a multi-purpose mission set, said Maj. Gen. Thomas Deale, director of operations at Air Combat Command Headquarters on Thursday. That’s why the Air Force decided to stand up the CAS Integration Group at Nellis AFB, Nev., to serve as the service’s center of excellence and single point of contact for all close air support issues. In addition, USAF also must develop “weapons that are uniquely effective in the close air support environment,” including “precision and lethality, with low collateral damage, and/or frag patterns so we can employ in close proximity to friendly forces,” said Deale. The Air Force also needs “deeper magazines” so it can better conduct the close air support mission. “The A-10 carries 1,150 rounds. We need something that carries three or four thousand rounds, whether that be shifting to directed energy or other type of munitions,” he added.
Daily Report: Read the day's top news on the US Air Force, airpower, and national security issues.
Memorial Day is a time to remember all those who died fighting for their country, just like A1C William Pitsenbarger, an Air Force pararescueman who took part in more than 250 rescue missions before he was killed at the age of 21. His selflessness and valor in the Vietnam War earned him an Air Force Cross and, eventually, a Medal of Honor.
Tweets by @AirForceMag