Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has ordered the first flights supporting the newly created Operation Fly Formula program, and they will "depart Ramstein Air Base in Germany over the course of this weekend," the White House official said.
"Due to the urgency of the situation, these flights will comprise U.S. military aircraft," the official said.
Using military aircraft for this endeavor is unusual and underscores the urgent nature of the situation.
The administration's plan going forward is to use commercially contracted aircraft, but none were available this weekend, according to an official . . .
July 2, 2022