If Gen. David L. Goldfein has his way, the Air Force would grow in strength to 350,000 airmen during the next seven years. Goldfein, the chief of staff, said Dec. 22 that increases in operations temp and global demands for air power would justify the additional personnel. “The risk of manpower shortage is masked and placed on the backs of airmen,” Goldfein said. “Additional manning is needed not just to meet air requirements, but to support the joint fight,” he said. In order to reach the 350,000 mark, he said, budget limits that came into play with sequestration in 2013 would have to be lifted.
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