Air Force leaders see readiness gains, but 'long way to go'
WASHINGTON — The Air Force is on track to meet new, aggressive goals to boost readiness among its key squadrons and increase the number of student pilots by nearly 30 percent in the coming years, service officials told lawmakers Wednesday.
Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told a Senate panel that it will reach 80 percent readiness levels for those squadrons by 2020. It’s also increasing the number of students it trains to fly from 1,160 in 2017 to 1,311 in 2019 to 1,500 in 2022.
“The Air Force is more ready for major combat operations today than we were two years ago,” Wilson told the House Armed Services Committee subpanel on readiness and management support in her prepared remarks. “That said, we have a long way to go and we’re after it.”
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