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Peter J. Beshar was sworn in as the General Counsel of the Department of the Air Force during a Pentagon ceremony March 18, following his confirmation to the role by the U.S. Senate, March 10.

Prior to his confirmation, Beshar served as the executive vice president and general counsel of the global professional services firm Marsh McLennan. Among his career highlights, Beshar was appointed by President Barack Obama as a trustee of the Wilson Center for International Scholars in 2015, served as the special assistant to former Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in the peace negotiations in the former Yugoslavia, and spearheaded initiatives to assist veterans with employment opportunities and access to housing, disability and other benefits.

In his newest capacity, Beshar is the Department of the Air Force’s chief ethics official and legal officer, providing oversight, guidance and direction to more than 2,600 Air Force military and civilian lawyers worldwide.

Beshar joins the Department as it implements requirements in the 2022 National Defense Authorization Act and recommendations from a Department of Defense independent review commission aimed at bolstering the specialized resources available to investigate and prosecute certain offenses such as murder, sexual assault, and domestic violence.

“The Department is extremely fortunate to have Peter joining our team,” said Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall. “The breadth and depth of his career, coupled with his leadership experience, will be instrumental to navigating the day-to-day legal matters impacting the Department and also to enacting the changes underway in line with the 2022 NDAA and IRC goals. One team, one fight.”

As part of a U.S. Air Force Weapons Center agreement with the U.S. Air Force Europe-Africa Warfare Center, the 414th CTS staff supports the Nordic Defense Cooperation (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden) in the planning and execution of the bi-annual Arctic Challenge Exercise, which will kick-off again in May 2023 at Kallax Air Base in Sweden.

Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall provided a virtual keynote during the Logistics Officer Association Symposium, during which he emphasized the critical role of logistics March 16.

During his remarks, Kendall stressed the importance of logistics both in general and as it pertains to his seven operational imperatives and achieving operational success.

“Air Force logisticians are often the unsung heroes of our department,” Kendall said. “I recognize the incredible importance of what you do every day to ensure our war materiel and personnel get where they need to go, and that is no easy task.”

Kendall noted while there are logistics implications for each of the seven operational imperatives, the imperatives titled “defining optimized resilient basing, sustainment and communications in a contested environment” and “readiness of the Department of the Air Force to transition to a wartime posture against a peer competitor” are particularly intertwined with core logistics and agile combat employment concerns.

To underscore this point, Kendall defined the role that logistics, engineering and maintenance play into agile combat employment operations while operating out of various locations.

“It's the idea that one doesn't just operate from an individual fixed base,” Kendall said. “The satellite bases dispersed from a hub and spoke concept provide numerous locations to make forces more difficult to target because of their disbursement.”

He also explained the seventh imperative, readiness of the Department of the Air Force to transition to a wartime posture against a peer competitor, is closely related to logistics functions and capabilities.

“The second logistics-intensive operational imperative is about assessing the comprehensive ability of our department to quickly and effectively transition to war, deploy and support air and space forces overseas to defeat aggression thousands of miles from the United States,” Kendall explained during his keynote.

This imperative, he said, has implications for all facets of the logistics enterprise from transportation to supply chains and all the critical resources the department would depend on to support any kind of contingency.

Kendall also conveyed gratitude for partner nations and recognized his imperatives are largely unachievable without the continued support of allies, many of which the department depends on for permanent forward basing.

“It is an absolute imperative to work with our many allies around the world to implement and succeed in this imperative,” Kendall said.

This year’s LOA Symposium boasted its highest attendance since 2002. The non-profit LOA has served as the premier professional development organization for Air Force logistics, aircraft maintenance, and munitions officers for the last 40 years.

“Recent events in Europe underscore the importance of working together to strengthen our strategic partnerships in order to meet our shared security requirements,” Brown said. “We cannot wait for crises; we must consistently meet, train, exercise and share information with our partners. Only then can we be prepared to deter, and if circumstances demand, defend against aggression.”

The review, which included the immediate suspension of all advisory committee operations until the review was complete, included the Air Force’s SAB.

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Below are current coronavirus disease 2019 statistics for Department of Air Force personnel:

March 15, 2022
Current as of 2 p.m., March 14, 2022

DAF TOTAL STATS*
CASESHOSPITALIZEDRECOVEREDDEATHS
Military**91,9845290,79115
Civilian20,4252720,156107
Dependents17,799517,4308
Contractors5,530105,45931
Total135,73894133,836161

*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on Mar. 8.
**Military includes Active and Reserve components.

DAF TOTAL VACCINATED
ACTIVE DUTYGUARDRESERVETOTAL FORCE
% Partially Vaccinated0.1%0.2%0.3%0.2%
% Fully Vaccinated98%93.2%93.4%96.4%

DAF APPROVED EXEMPTIONS
ACTIVE DUTYGUARDRESERVETOTAL FORCE
Medical5383842421,164
Administrative331,2691981,500

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
MAJCOM/FLDCOMDAF/APPEALS
Pending3,2601,167
Approved212
Disapproved4,2221,037

As of March 15, the Air Force has administratively separated 212 active duty Airmen.

*Civilian statistics are unaccounted for.
**These numbers are subject to change.

Unvaccinated: All those who have verbally refused, have not started the vaccination process or are erroneously coded. Does not include those who have approved exemptions.

Medical: Medical exemptions are determined individually by the member’s medical provider.

Administrative: Administrative exemptions are determined individually. For example, if a member obtained a commander-approved submission for separation or retirement by Nov. 1, they are administratively exempt.

Religious Accommodation: Religious accommodations are a subset of administrative exemptions and are determined by the MAJCOM/FLDCOM commanders. The DAF has 30 business days (active component in CONUS) to process requests. Appeals are determined by the DAF’s Surgeon General with inputs from the chaplain and staff judge advocate. Individuals do not have to get immunized as long as their request is in the process of being decided.

Personnel Numbers (approximates):

  • 326,000 Active Component (U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force)
  • 107,000 Air National Guard
  • 68,000 Air Force Reserve
  • 501,000 Total Force (Active Duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve)

March 8, 2022
Current as of 2 p.m., March 7, 2022

DAF TOTAL STATS*
CASESHOSPITALIZEDRECOVEREDDEATHS
Military**91,5825489,77215
Civilian20,3825720,004107
Dependents17,683517,2098
Contractors5,525105,41631
Total135,172126132,401161

*These numbers include all of the cases that were reported since our last update on Feb. 22.
**Military includes Active and Reserve components.

DAF TOTAL VACCINATED
ACTIVE DUTYGUARDRESERVETOTAL FORCE
% Partially Vaccinated0.1%0.2%0.3%0.2%
% Fully Vaccinated97.9%93.1%93.2%96.3%

DAF APPROVED EXEMPTIONS
ACTIVE DUTYGUARDRESERVETOTAL FORCE
Medical5683852491,202
Administrative351,3602091,604

RELIGIOUS ACCOMMODATION REQUESTS
MAJCOM/FLDCOMDAF/APPEALS
Pending3,249964
Approved181
Disapproved4,0131,025

As of March 8, the Air Force has administratively separated 205 active duty Airmen.

*Civilian statistics are unaccounted for.
**These numbers are subject to change.

Unvaccinated: All those who have verbally refused, have not started the vaccination process or are erroneously coded. Does not include those who have approved exemptions.

Medical: Medical exemptions are determined individually by the member’s medical provider.

Administrative: Administrative exemptions are determined individually. For example, if a member obtained a commander-approved submission for separation or retirement by Nov. 1, they are administratively exempt.

Religious Accommodation: Religious accommodations are a subset of administrative exemptions and are determined by the MAJCOM/FLDCOM commanders. The DAF has 30 business days (active component in CONUS) to process requests. Appeals are determined by the DAF’s Surgeon General with inputs from the chaplain and staff judge advocate. Individuals do not have to get immunized as long as their request is in the process of being decided.

Personnel Numbers (approximates):

  • 326,000 Active Component (U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force)
  • 107,000 Air National Guard
  • 68,000 Air Force Reserve
  • 501,000 Total Force (Active Duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve)