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    Air Mobility Command Removes Tail Numbers and Unit Info from Planes, Alarming Watchdogs

    Air Mobility Command Removes Tail Numbers and Unit Info from Planes, Alarming Watchdogs

    Mobility Command has directed its refueling and cargo planes to obscure the majority of identifying information painted on the aircraft, citing national security concerns — an unusual move that is alarming to government watchdogs.

    James Stewart, a spokesman for Air Mobility Command, told .com in an emailed statement that airmen's missions take them around the globe and often involve sensitive movements of cargo — the main reason behind the change.

    “Understandably, we have concerns about the operational security impacts to these missions in the modern era of on-demand, real-time information,” Stewart said. “Subdued paint schemes that limit identifiable information is one way we are taking a hard look at how we operate to ensure our ability to continue to deliver for America and our allies and partners around the world.”

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    Air Mobility Command did not disclose other details in its statement, such as how many markings would be hidden on its planes and which ones it will apply to.

    “Because of operational security concerns, we cannot provide specifics, though our aircraft will maintain markings as required by law,” Stewart said in the provided statement.

    The change in the paint schemes, first reported by Aviation Week, comes a little more than a month after Air Mobility commander Gen. Mike Minihan sent a memo to his service members telling them…

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