Air Force Chief David Goldfein Outlines Pilot Training Priorities

David Goldfein
David Goldfein

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has highlighted more time home for both training and family as among his priorities to help augment training for pilots, Air Force Times reported Sunday.

Goldfein said modern day pilots receive nearly half the home-station training that he said he received when he flew F-16s, Phillip Swarts reports.

“On average I would go to three flag exercises a year, plus I would do a rotation with the National Training Center, with the Army, and that would be a normal battle rhythm,” Goldfein said Wednesday in a briefing at the Pentagon, according to the report.

“Today’s pilot, based on the size of the force, the age of the force, and continuing op tempo demand in Central Command, is getting about half of that,” he said.

The Air Force seeks to increase overall size of the force, remove extra responsibilities and expand training squadrons in order to minimize the strain on pilots and their support squadrons, Swarts reports.

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