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B-21 Raider

B-21 Raider

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announces the name of the Air Force's newest bomber, the B-21 Raider, with the help of retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole, one of the Doolittle Raiders, and Tech. Sgt. Derek White, assigned to the Maryland Air National Guard during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. White was one of the winners of the B-21's naming contest; his entry was inspired by Cole. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announces the name of the Air Force's newest bomber, the B-21 Raider, with the help of retired Lt. Col. Richard Cole, one of the Doolittle Raiders, and Tech. Sgt. Derek White, assigned to the Maryland Air National Guard during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2016. White was one of the winners of the B-21's naming contest; his entry was inspired by Cole. (U.S. Air Force photo/Scott M. Ash)

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (AFNS) --

The Air Force’s long-range strike bomber has officially been named the B-21 Raider.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James announced the results of the Air Force Global Strike Command led naming contest alongside selected members during her remarks at the Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference here Sept. 19, 2016.

“Today I want to recognize three Airmen who answered the call to be a part of a new Air Force legacy and name our new bomber,” James said.  “The first two … submitted proposals that captured the essence of the bomber force and they are the winners of our contest.”

The third Airmen James recognized, calling him one of the greatest men of his generation, was Doolittle Raider retired Lt. Col. Richard E. Cole.

The Doolittle Raiders are known for their surprise attack against Japan during World War II on April 18, 1942, which forced the Japanese to recall combat forces for home defense, and boosted morale among Americans and U.S. allies abroad.

The name was ultimately selected by James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein after a panel composed of staff from AFGSC and Headquarters Air Force determined the top-ranked selections from more than 2,100 unique naming submissions.

While there were multiple entries advocating for the B-21 to be dubbed Raider, Air Force officials said the members were selected based on the overall quality of their justification.

James has often highlighted the important role the B-21 Raider will play in allowing the Air Force to operate in tomorrow’s high end threat environment, and in providing the Air Force the flexibility and capability to launch from the continental United States and deliver air strikes on any location in the world. She has also cautioned of the delays the program could face under a continuing resolution.

“A short-term (continuing resolution) is manageable … but, let me tell you, a long-term continuing resolution would be very damaging for the Air Force,” James said. “(It would) cap the production of the KC-46, prevent us from devoting more funds to developing the B-21 next year, and delay about 50 construction projects.”

The service’s ability to divest old capabilities and build new is paramount, and modernization remains a priority for the Air Force as it continues to play a major role defending against current and emerging threats.

“We have the oldest aircraft fleet we have ever had, 27 years old on average,” James said. “This absolutely needs to be a focus for us.”

The B-21 Raider, designed based on a set of requirements that allow the use of existing and mature technology, is currently in the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase and the Air Force plans to field the initial capability of the aircraft in mid-2020s.

B-21 naming contest selected members:

·        Lt. Col. Jaime I. Hernandez, 337th Test and Evaluation Squadron commander, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas

·        Tech. Sgt. Derek D. White, emergency management craftsman, 175th Civil Engineering Squadron, Maryland Air National Guard 



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