B-21 naming contest moves to next phase Published May 10, 2016 By Staff Sgt. Alyssa C. Gibson Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Submission entries for the B-21 bomber naming contest concluded May 5. Active, Guard, Reserve and civilian Airmen, along with their dependents, submitted more than 4,600 entries in response to the contest announced by Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium in February. "We received an overwhelming number of nominations, which to me is a testament to how invested our Airmen are in the future of their Air Force," James said. "Thank you to everyone who submitted, and we're looking forward to announcing the B-21's name in the fall." Air Force Global Strike Command leadership narrowed the list down to about 15 names, in accordance with Air Force Instruction 16-401, “Designating and Naming Defense Military Aerospace Vehicles.” James and the Air Force chief of staff will select the winner in the coming months, and the name of the 21st century bomber is scheduled to be announced during the AFA conference in September. In the event the selected name was submitted by multiple people, the individual with the best justification for the name will be declared the winner. For the latest updates, visit www.af.mil.