US Air Force Chief Sees Decades of More War Operations

Oriana Pawlyk reports for Military.com:

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein speaks with Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody during the Secretary of the Air Force Spouse and Family Forum at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Oct. 19, 2016. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)The U.S. Air Force’s top officer said he expects the high pace of war-related operations to continue for decades to come.

“We’ve been deploying now for 15 years,” Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said. “We’ve probably got 15, 20 years to go.”

His comments came Wednesday at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, during a spouse and family forum hosted by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James.

While fewer airmen are deploying, the time they spend away is increasing — driven in part by missions related to the air war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, a resurgent Russia and China’s increased military activity in the Pacific.

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