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The Langley Crier
Fall 2016

Air, Space & Cyber Conference
Announces New Bomber

New bomber image 200pxWhat an awesome opportunity to be a part of the living history of the Air Force. This year at the Air, Space and Cyber Conference, held at the Gaylord National Hotel in National Harbor, Maryland we had the pleasure to hear the State of the Air Force Address from the Secretary of the Air Force -- Honorable Deborah Lee James. Her remarks centered on some of the goals of the Air Force ... from opening Global Hawk operator jobs to the enlisted force, to improving manning in all career fields across the Air Force, to discussing many of the modernization projects underway and needed for the future. She mentioned three modernizations specifically -- the F-35 which is now nearing Initial Operational Capability, the KC-46 tanker program, and the new multi-function bomber ... the B-21. Following the review of the future programs, Secretary James told the story of the Doolittle Raiders and how their raid proved the value of the Air Force. It was to our surprise that the last remaining survivor, Lt Col Richard Cole, General Doolittle’s co-pilot was in attendance with us. Secretary James invited him to the stage and officially announced the new name of the newest bomber. Lt Col Cole is 100 years old and still very active. He told everyone good morning and announced that the B-21 was to be named the "Raider”. The crowd went wild. It is my opinion that there could not be a better way to represent the history, heritage and true passion for the future of our Air Force.

Lloyd Swede, Langley Chapter

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