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  1. 15 points
    We’re about to be amazed at the number of military members with dual Ph.D.’s in economics and virology.
  2. 14 points
    Can you imagine how fully torqued Rick Rynearson is waiting for someone to knock on his door?
  3. 14 points
    My humble appreciation for those deployed and were supposed to come home soon. Nothing is a bigger kick in the morale junk than to be extended at the last minute. Sorry, dudes/dudettes.
  4. 14 points
    Listen up. I was the OP on this thread. I don’t care about your office. I don’t care about your fast-food cravings and how they are affected. I don’t even give two shits about UPT since they won’t let me go through the course again, nor let me teach there This thread isn’t about things like “terrorism” and “pilot retention” and “military readiness”. This thread is about something WAY more important. This thread is about Airshows. And bringing the dream of aviation to the masses... especially the young. And keeping America in the forefront of aerospace because of Airshows. And of course, great airshow parties... but I digress. So write your Congressman and Senator and DEMAND that... when this crisis is over... they REQUIRE ALL WING COMMANDERS to support the 2021 airshow season. Stop threadjacking my thread. Stop picking your nose. Wash your hands (Hacker!!) And for crying out loud, learn to use the rudder in the T-38, you pussies! WTF?!?! That is all. p.s. get off my lawn, Ram.
  5. 13 points
    Just an update, girlfriend has strong chest pain/shortness of breath about a week after the fever/aches/chills ceased. Took her to the ER, and apparently it’s becoming very common in people who kick the COVID and don’t have pneumonia. The virus causes inflammation along the lung wall, and (allegedly) strikes a week or so later for some because the body is trying to repair that damage. She was prescribed muscle relaxers and she says it’s the first time she’s had a full breath in a long time. Just in case one of you guys see/experience something similar in a family or friend.
  6. 11 points
    He knew he was getting fired the moment he sent that letter. Which, IMO, makes him the kind of person you'd want to be in charge.
  7. 11 points
    I dont know if theres a subtopic that this topic fits under so Im just posting this here. Here is my story of how I got picked up by a KC-135 ANG unit. Roughly 2.5 years ago, at the ripe young age of 28, I decided to pursue this thing with all that I had. I got started so late because, in my youth, I made some stupid decisions. At 19 I failed out of college (straight up just kind of stopped going). I really dont have a good reason for having this attitude. I just had little motivation, wanted to hang out with friends, work, and just do things my own way. In some respects, I feel like I only enrolled in college because everyone else I knew from my high school did. So I went with no real desire to be there with no regard for the consequences of doing so. Immaturity in its purest form. In the following 6 years, I was enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard as an AMMO troop. On the civilian side, I spent a year busting tires in a tire shop (1 year), then worked in a hotel front office (1 year). In 2014, fed up with making horrible wages, I went up to North Dakota and worked as a floorhand on a drilling rig. Money was great, the work was incredibly physical and dangerous, but I was finally making good money. After a year and a half, the price of oil went down the toilet, and my rig was stacked, and I was laid off. Then, in 2015, I found a job back in Western South Dakota near my hometown operating a bulldozer at a local bentonite mine. Somewhere along the way, I really started thinking about what I 'actually' wanted to do with my life. I knew running a bulldozer for 12 hours a day was not it. I enjoyed my time as an AMMO troop in the SDANG but, because I met my wife while 'deployed' to Korea in 2015, I opted out of reenlisting in 2016 so that I could move to Guam where she was stationed. After moving there, she was pregnant and done with her enlistment by 2017. This is when I really became interested in flying. My uncle, a former Naval aviator and retired Delta pilot, had always instilled an interest in aviation when I was younger but, through my ignorance, I truly believed I had just messed up my education beyond repair after failing out of school. (This is why I never even thought to look into the process of being a pilot while a member at the SDANG, an F-16 unit). But here I was; back in South Dakota, 28 years old, newly married with a young daughter and I knew if I was going to pursue this, I needed to go now. I was obviously incredibly discouraged at that time to find out that the age cutoff was 30, meaning that if I were going to be selected, then I would have to have been selected right there and then with no college education and no flight time. I had heard about the possiblility of age waivers and so, that was what I was going for. I reenrolled at a school that has an accelerated program shortly thereafter, began taking flight lessons, called the Ellsworth AFB Education/Training Center and scheduled the AFOQT and TBAS within the following 6 months. The best news about all of this was that the school I enrolled in actually doesnt take prior institutions GPA's into consideration, so I basically got a clean sheet. Probably better news was the age was bumped up from 30 to 33 last year which, to me, was the biggest relief and it made me realize that this was truly doable and lifted some of the weight off of my shoulders of the notion of a fruitless pursuit. I turned 30 last June and the time from 28 to 30 have been the busiest years of my life. I work 50 hours a week, go to school more than full time (amounts to about 20 credit hours per regular semester), fly as much as weather and finances permit, and try to be a somewhat present husband and father. I finally reached 90 credits this January, and started applying to units in February. I was obviously missing a Bachelors (will complete in August) and a PPL but, some units are stingier than others on prerequisites. I made a spreadsheet in which I mapped out every ANG unit in the country that has a flying mission and gave everyone of them a call (believe me, they dont all post on Bogidope). I got ahold of a few chief pilots, many recruiters, and left many messages requesting information about upcoming UPT boards. I got a text back the next week that literally read: "(Name) here, give me the basics; age, AFOQT scores, PCSM, degree, GPA, flight time." So I did and the following text he sent me about floored me. He said "Can you be here for an interview on March 7?" At this point, Im pretty stunned, so I called the guy. Wondering who this guy was, and who had the authority to invite me to an interview through a text message, I asked him what his position was and he said "Im the Chief pilot here." I replied emphatically that I wouldnt miss the interview for the world. Long story short, I am at the the interview this past weekend and they ask the one question I knew they would: "Its very obvious that you're passionate about this and that youve worked really hard the last couple of years to achieve this, but where was this drive and determination 10 years ago?" I looked him right in his eyes and said "Thats a great question. It wasnt there. I wish I could make up some excuse as to why I started this pursuit so late but I cant. I was a clown in my earlier years. I didnt take anything seriously and had no regard for the consequences of my actions. Full disclosure, because my transcripts dont show it, I actually failed out of college at 19. But life has a way of knocking you down and making you grow up and, after the last ten years of working full time, I realize the value of taking my education seriously. It is already paying dividends because I wouldnt even be at this interview if I hadnt started taking things seriously. I cant change the past but I hope that the last two years show you guys that I am serious about this." Overall, the interview went well. It was much more relaxed than I imagined and I got along really well with the other candidates. I wished them all luck, and just tried to realize that we were all here trying to achieve our dream. I just made it a point to be myself, be humbled, socialize and just be completely transparent about my mistakes and my journey up to that point. I found out two days ago (Just three days after the interview) that I had been selected. My offer is contingent on me completing my bachelors and PPL by the end of the year. So, while there is still tons of work to do, I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be given my dream job and will certainly be meeting those two contingencies. I want to thank everyone on this forum for sharing their insight and knowledge on the multitude of topics that this process entails. Im certain I will be referring to it in the near-future. This place is a great resource for anyone pursuing a career as an AF/ANG pilot. Lastly, though it sounds incredibly cliche, dont give up. I felt that at times I was never going to make it. The doubt definitely got to me at times that I had started too late, or screwed up too bad or, that I missed my opportunity and am too old. But, as the email I got from the Chief Pilot the other day states, my "ticket is punched." FWIW, here are is what my numbers were on the date of my interview. Nothing special thats for sure: Age: 30 AFOQT P:90, Nav: 78, AA: 55, V: 68, Q:48 PCSM: 72 w/14 flight hours. GPA: 2.93
  8. 10 points
    In 2017, Texas grossed more than $264.5 billion a year in exports—more than California ($172 billion) and New York ($77.9 billion) combined. There is also a significant difference between the cost of living in California and Texas. Housing costs in Texas are 54% less than in California, while a family with kids may save over 60%. There is an 18% difference in food cost, 8% less expensive health insurance, and 14% lower spending on entertainment. But the biggest indicator is which direction people are moving. in 2018 almost 700,000 Californians moved out of that state, of which 86,000 ended up in Texas. In fact, Texas was the second most popular state for moving to in 2018, with over half a million newcomers. You could count the number of Texans moving to California on one hand. This sums it all very nicely! https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/01/the-truth-about-the-california-exodus/605833/ So yeah, sorry if the rest of the nation doesn't weep for California! They are responsible for their current situation, especially due to the politicians they keep re-electing. When they put illegal immigrants and sanctuary cities above the needs of their own constituents, it should be clear it's time for someone else; yet they continue to keep the same idiots year after year...
  9. 9 points
    at some point we're gonna have to stand up for the constitution. "hunting down" gtfo. this is america. You wanna pull those type of stunts? fine. Declare martial law. but us "accepting" some of these "public health measures" is tearing at the fabric of our liberites.
  10. 9 points
    Kenny, I don't disagree that Kung Flu should be the standard nomenclature...However, I think an argument could be made for: Sweet and Sour Sicken Wumonia Bat Soup Croup Flu Man Chu Communist Lung Herpes
  11. 9 points
    We’re working on it.... There won’t be a sea change overnight. The change will be generational. It’s a guerrilla war ongoing inside the MAF. Takes longer than you’d expect and there’s a lot of resistance - mostly by senior level and GS management. There’s also a significant portion of most MAF communities who want to do nothing more than ILS to a full stop and pad airline applications. Malaise can be contagious, especially when the economy is good. Furthermore you have a significant portion of Star-wearing leadership (And this their minions as well) which values EXPOSURE over EXPERTISE. Note I didn’t say ‘experience’ over expertise. In the MAF they want you exposed to all things MAF - mile wide and inch deep. They don’t care at all about big Air Force things or the application and control of Air Power as an integrated warfighting force, or expertise in employment. Just do MAF things and you’ll lead one day. Expertise is not valued as much as “MAF-exposure.“ The problem with that logic is that the CAF runs the Air Force. Literally the language of the service is that of the CAF. The vast majority of wings are CAF wings. The vast majority of GOs are CAF GOs. In the CAF when you show up in a new community, they wonder WTF is wrong with you that you got voted off the island. In the MAF if you become an expert, they scoff you for “only knowing one mission set.” It’s bizarre. The MAF scoffed the CAF for years, only wanting to build their mobility empire in the cornfields of southern Illinois, but the reckoning is coming... There’s a whole new service out there looking for another four-star, and there’s a lot of the staff function at both ACC and AMC getting gobbled up by the Air Staff... The MAFs lack of integration with the rest of the USAF will be its demise if we aren’t careful. That’s what many of us are working to fix, though that work and the results are seen by some as “un-MAF-like” endeavors.... Brought to you by your friendly (old) neighborhood Weapons Officer. Now... Get off my lawn, this grass is delicious. Chuck
  12. 9 points
    to the 25th Fighter Squadron for setting an example others should follow... Pil Sung!
  13. 8 points
    How did he get close enough to tell with mandatory social distancing? You should have chiefed him for being within 6-9 feet! Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
  14. 8 points
    Not a day goes by where I wish I stayed in. Job security included. Live below your means, keep your wife amount to under 2 definitely less than 3, save appropriately, and enjoy the ride. Always hope for the best but plan for the worst. Still better than Active Duty.
  15. 7 points
    From some minor amount of research yesterday, law allows feds and states to legally isolate sick people to prevent/minimize spread, and it allows them to quarantine those who have been exposed. For those of the populace who are not sick or there’s no probable cause to say they been exposed, it is not legal to prevent interstate travel or force quarantine. Ethicists generally don’t have a legal problem with social distancing, but they do have a problem with forced business closures that could operate semi-normally, while taking social distancing measures. So, while I hate CA and NY politics as much as I hate China, it’s anti-liberty (and illegal is most cases) to say those people can’t travel elsewhere or have to imprison themselves in a house for any amount of time (unless the two exceptions stated above). I realize there are no interstate travel bans yet, but there already are illegal quarantine measures telling people they can’t leave the house except for a couple destinations. We are absolutely starting to unravel liberty in the name of “safety,” something that has happened many times throughout history and is something that must be fought. “History teaches that grave threats to liberty often come in times of urgency, when constitutional rights seem too extravagant to endure.” Nailed it.
  16. 7 points
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  18. 7 points
    I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking in reference to TFRs, but I’ll do my best to explain how we use them. There are two methods used to deconflict traffic around a Wildland Fire incident, the FTA (Fire Traffic Area) and the TFR. Easiest way to understand is that the FTA is for participating aircraft (I.e. assigned), while the TFR is used to keep non-participating aircraft out of the way. Generally, the Initial Attack (IA) phase will not have a TFR, just a FTA. As an incident moves into the Extended Attack (EA) phase a TFR will likely be initiated. This depends greatly on the particular AO of the incident. A fire in SoCal will get a TFR faster than one in the middle of nowhere usually. The TFR shape will morph as Fire activity dictates. The FTA was designed after a mid-air collision involving two S-2s in NorCal in 2001. This establishes a 5 mile ring around the incident and requires clearance in from the aerial supervision platform (if there is one). First call at 12nm from incident coordinates to receive clearance prior to 7nm, otherwise you hold out. First aircraft on scene make blind calls and are responsible for establishing the FTA. The stack starts at 2500’ AGL and moves down depending on aircraft type. It’s very well thought out and works great when everyone does their part. I’m not an expert on lead planes, but the main evolution I’ve seen in my seven seasons is the move towards making them all ASM (Aerial Supervision Module) platforms. Essentially, this is a Lead Plane with a specially trained ATGS (Air Tactical Group Supervisor, better known as Air Attack) sitting right seat to help with coordination. It’s been around a long time, but pretty much all of them are ASMs now. I believe it was the BLM that started that move, but I could be wrong. At CalFire, all our Lead Planes are ASMs and they use the OV-10. Most Fed leads use King Air 90s or 200s and the State of Alaska has a Commander 690 or two. The leads will be on scene for a few hours and really help on large incidents to increase the efficiency of operations by showing the tankers where to drop without a complicated “talk-on” from the Air Attack. Plus the Air Attack can get real busy talking to rotors and the ground, so it essentially splits the work. The lead will sometimes do a “show me” run for the Tanker to watch, then go for a live run with the Tanker in tow. In the S-2 we generally fly 1/4 mile in trail for the drop. The lead will mark the start/stop of the drop with smoke and make any wind corrections as required. As a Tanker pilot I’ll watch the smoke and correct off any extra drift if it’s different than expected. Some tankers require a lead plane in order to drop (VLATs and MAFFS). In the S-2 we usually get a “show me” and then fly our own drop pattern, but it really depends on how things are flowing and trying to be the most efficient we can. It also depends greatly on the individual pilot and what they like. I’ll take a lead if I’m unsure of the target or I’m already in a good position and we can get it done quickly. Most of the LATs (Large Air Tankers) seems to prefer a lead when one is available. It’s standard practice to order a lead for any Federal incident. For state incidents, we almost never order a lead until it goes big. Our standard order is an Ov-10 Air Attack, two S-2s, and a Helitack crew. It’s fast, efficient, and we generally catch them early doing this depending on fire conditions. Hope that answers your questions...
  19. 6 points
    What exactly is their current situation? Last I checked, they were running a $7B budget surplus. https://www.kcra.com/article/california-dollar7-billion-budget-surplus-legislative-analysts-office-report/29865751# Not arguing that people aren’t leaving due to high cost of living. Certainly not arguing that anyone has to agree with the politics that are seemingly (but not always/every city) prevalent there. But to suggest that the biggest economic state in the union has little to offer and should be cast aside along with its citizens is a bit disingenuous and every bit as insulting as if I were to say “the state of texas is full of deplorables who can do little but cling to their guns and bibles.....who needs those simpletons?” That kind of commentary is not helpful on either side of the red/blue divide in the best of times and borderline dangerous when the nation is in crisis like, you know, now.
  20. 6 points
    Bigger brains enlighten me please. Why would we not hit pause on incoming members/training pipelines and instead put a stop loss in place? The training pipeline introduces a huge number of challenges in facing this virus whether that be dorms, classrooms, chow halls, transportation etc. I have one guy in training at Little Rock right now. When he graduates he will not be running around our squadron. He will be virtually in-processing and staying home until this passes. On the other side, folks that were planning on leaving the military are not going to find a healthy job market for the next few months, have experience in their jobs and are at least somewhat established in their communities allowing them to establish better distancing from others.
  21. 6 points
    I probably should have made my sarcasm a little more overt. I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard those comments repeated to me by family, friends, and neighbors. This is the biggest world event in our lifetimes, and the effects of which will be felt or many, many years. Thanks for doing what you do Unit#8192. People like you are about to become the heroes of this year.
  22. 6 points
    User name checks out
  23. 6 points
    And this is what the real truth is. You want him to ruin any chance he has of positive impact for the force for the future. He goes balls to the wall for what and lose any ability to advocate for the service. He's got to fall in line with all kinds of civilian leadership, on top of ensuring he gets buy in from the 3-stars and up that his changes will continue. Are there people here who really believe there'll be mass retirements in protest from the eligible 4-stars over...additional duties, or 1 failed aircraft acquisition? Is it just jr. Capt's on here complaining the Finger's has done nothing but the song changes and the light attack? CSS' have grown, and we've seen more power return to the Sq CC's that have had the balls to use it. If yours hasn't...that's not on Fingers. I've also seen a thawing of the frozen middle we detest at the ops levels...staff is going to take awhile. 2 line PRF's, extended the HPO pole years and come down on the way we're grooming officers, Cyber moved to ACC, and there's been tons of good growth there that came from HAF, changes to our IDE selection and ability to attending/timing, tons of positive changes to the E-side of the house. I've seen the attitude of the USAF change positively since he's taken over.
  24. 5 points
    In all honesty, I rather not deal in specifics. You can PM me about those if you want. Open thread, the type-specific zealots just get all umbraged and religious about their certified airplanes and things quickly devolve into ad hominems and "well, I got a guy who knows how to work on that for a discount/I got an AP hook-up for parts/337 sourcing so that's your problem if you don't" perennial two circle fights. I'm quite bored of those exchanges so I don't really dabble in it anymore. In the end it's a hobby, people can do whatever the heck they want with their money, no skin off my back. I've said my peace before about my objections to fac-built mx and inspection-authority rules in cert. planes not used for revenue. I was a big advocate of the Primary Non-Commercial category as recommended by the ARC 2013 report to Congress on the part-23 re-write. When that portion of the legislation was snuffed by the FAA, much of my enthusiasm for this hobby waned. I've begrudgingly kept my Arrow because I need the back seat and it's not eating me out of house and home. Though for full disclosure that appeasement has in itself been a result of a concerted effort on my part in minimizing my capital investment in the airplane through the years, down to airworthiness only and at the expense of cosmetics/avionics, bigly. Which is sad for the airplane, but it's a matter of principle for me at this juncture. That wouldn't be the case in the least if I were allowed to maintain, inspect and operate it like an E-AB. I almost quit the hobby last year on account of some of the more frustrating regulatory blockades over modifying/upgrading the simplest of things (headrests was the thing that blew it up for me last year), and it took the wife walking me off the proverbial ledge not to chuck the thing to a part 147 school, get the donation tax credit and walk away entirely. I try not to think too much about it these days, but it's always a bit of a rock in my shoe when looking at this ownership thing on the certified side. I'm just tired of the AP/IA/337/STC/ kiss the ring/ mother may I BS, and the associated $$$ premium.All the while the EAB guy flies overhead shooting IMC to minimums on a literal IPAD and a NAPA alternator for a 1/3 the cost. Oh and homemade headrests just to spite me :D. I digress cuz I'm ranting again. The thing with E-AB is, as much as I'd like to sponsor it, does not cater to the 4 seater XC crowd in an affordable manner. RV-10 is about the only offering of consequence and that's a non-starter for non-builders on the CAPEX front. Otherwise, I'd be there yesterday. At any rate, as to the airplane search, I'm not so much trying to "move up" as much as move "out" of certified land. The family mission keeps me tied to certified tho. But to your question, more than likely I'm looking at an RV-6A (looked at Glasairs, didn't like the seating ergonomics and volumetrics, Lancair 320/360 insurance rates were non-starters), which are in the price range, gear config and seating arrangement I'm interested in. I'm on airplane #3 so my risk aversion is much less than when I was a neophyte, so I've flirted with combining the missions (2-seater acro tourer plus Griswold's family station wagon) but unless I'm willing to find a hen's tooth acro F33C, I'm SOL. I did look at a Yak-18T for a nanosecond, but owning an M14P for the kind of turnkey lazy@ss chock the airplane and hit the beach cross country pilot I am, was just not in the cards. Plus slow and thirsty as all get out. It would have been mad ramp appeal though, pop pop popping up to the FBO behind that throaty monster lol. So yeah, depending on how I feel about doubling my fixed expenses to own two airplanes, the RV-6A is probably where I'm headed for plan B. A very distant plan C would involve getting a different certified 4 or six seater, at a very deep discount, if the market absolutely collapses this year. At that point, it would be stupid not to, for the 10 or so year ownership outlook I have before my mission downgrades to empty nest permanently and the RV becomes the staple. We'll see what the year brings market wise. Sorry for the rambling, this topic gets me fired up lol.
  25. 5 points
    Uhh it is kind of a big deal to discuss readiness when it comes to such a large strategic asset.
  26. 5 points
    This is just a rolling ETIC anyway you slice it.
  27. 5 points
    For those looking for some good U-2 history: https://dragonladyhistory.com/ Chris knows more about the entire U-2 history than probably anyone on the planet. I met him 30 years ago when he was snooping around the U-2 squadron in England, back when I was the Bar Officer.
  28. 5 points
    It is temporarily painful because everyone is caught off guard. Instead of trying to force our way back to what was normal, I think we should consider what wasn't necessary in the first place. I welcome the potential for change of shifting away from several boomer-era institutional inertias...we might realize that we don't need to sit around offices for 5 days a week, 9 hours a day staring at a computer when the work could be done faster at home with a decent computer and internet connection. Also I don't want to go through an entire store to pick up one thing...bring it to me at the curb or deliver to my house? Yes please. Businesses might start actually refilling hand sanitizers, taking the time to clean the bathrooms and people may even start washing their hands more often. I might not have to stand behind a line of old people at the store paying cash and writing checks at the store if they learn to use a NFC payment for fear of their life. We might care that those prepping our food have adequate sick leave so they aren't pressured to work sick. We might care that there are social safety nets for mass layoffs. We might care that there is a strong healthcare system that is there to support a significant event like this. Or we can just act like this isn't a big deal...it's the last time something like this is going to happen, and go back to work while people around us die.
  29. 5 points
    I might listen to it. I might not. But if I do and it isn't everything you're telling me it is, I'm gonna be pissed.
  30. 5 points
    This will probably be an unpopular opinion, but in the face of a widespread pandemic, how is training and flying mission essential? Especially at an AETC base...everybody needs to take a knee for 14 days. I keep hearing “hack the mission, get after the mission”...gonna be kinda hard to do that when some ops group somewhere develops an outbreak of this stuff.
  31. 5 points
  32. 5 points
    I'm not an expert nor did I stay at holiday in express last night I do have a perspective as FF/Paramedic on a transporting unit. Two people on my department are already in quarantine, I've already donned the PPE twice in less than two 24 hour shifts in an area with 30 confirmed cases as of yesterday. We can't wear N95s when we go into a nursing home for the 217th time for the day to take additional precautions for the immunocomprimised/elderly that reside there due to playing the numbers game. I fully expect to acquire the "Kungfu Flu" lolz and my concern is that I'll be called to another response and inadvertently pass it on to someone whom has additional risk factors due to many being asymptomatic carriers. Also, in my time practicing I've gotten the shitty follow up report for people below 35 who have passed away from the Flu/Pneumonia that we're otherwise healthy. It's rare, but it can happen. It's not lethal to perhaps the vast majority of the population, this is true. The main issue is what it has the POTENTIAL to do to "our" ability to provide critical care to those that need it (Tubed, placed on a vent and monitored). The Doc/RNs/RT/Techs etc are getting exposed to a higher degree, face going into quarantine themselves and/or experiencing more complications if they come down with it. If they're compromised it exacerbates the problem. Supplies are limited, the normal amount of Trauma/Medical emergencies are still happening on a day to day basis. In my world, it's real out here. I'm glad I got my Charmin supply two weeks ago so the minions can fight over the Scotts TP..."aint nobody got time for that". Hopefully we never reach what Italy is going through, we are all in it to win it so to speak. Stay well, wherever Y'all may be!
  33. 5 points
    For fucks' sake (yes, all the fucks), it's called the Kung Flu.
  34. 5 points
  35. 5 points
    Got Chief’d today. Gotta stay strong for two more weeks.
  36. 5 points
    This picture was posted on the Fire Bombers group on facebook and I thought it really captures the essence of aerial firefighting in general, and what we focus on at CalFire in particular. Initial Attack to support the aggressive response by the ground firefighters, who do the real work and actually put out the fires. This photo was taken 40+ years ago and some things have changed, but the mission remains the same. Just thought I'd share it here...
  37. 5 points
    You guys are so busted! 😉 And good on “Spoo” Clark for maintaining a sense of humor!
  38. 5 points
    “You're going to have to do something more to entice me to come back out of retirement... again.” - HuggyU2 Now that was funny, good stuff right there. AND Gen Ronald Fogleman was the Best. We roof stomped him late at night (best we could at his VOQ) at Maxwell during “The Gathering of Eagles.” We let him know we were upset he retired, but he kept his word so there’s that. He had a shot of Jeremiah Weed with each and every one of us in his boxers and handed us his business card. Told us he was in a shit business. Porta Potty rental business in Durango, CO. Don’t make them like him anymore. Tex Hill and other warriors there put us under the table, they were unstoppable. Good Times!
  39. 5 points
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ronald_Fogleman https://www.nytimes.com/1997/07/29/us/criticism-over-blast-leads-top-air-force-general-to-retire.html July 30, 1997 As my tenure as your Chief of Staff ends, I want to tell you what an honor and a privilege it has been to represent everyone in the United States Air Force. The timing of my announcement was driven by the desire to defuse the perceived confrontation between myself and the Secretary of Defense over his impending decision on the Khobar Towers terrorist attack. The decision to retire was made after considerable deliberation over the past several weeks. On one level, I’ve always said that my serving as the Chief of Staff was a “tour” not a “sentence” and that I would leave when I made all the contributions that I could. After I accepted this position in 1994, I met with other senior leaders of the Air Force to discuss our goals for my tenure. We wanted to take care of the troops and their families, to stabilize the force, to set a course for modernization, and to develop a new strategic vision. During some difficult and challenging times, we have worked hard to accomplish that and more. Certainly there is more to be done, but the framework of the plan and the leadership [are] in place to move forward with the support and efforts of the magnificent men and women of our Air Force. On another level, military service is the only life I have ever known. My stock in trade after 34 years of service is my military judgment and advice. After serving as Chief of Staff for almost three years, my values and sense of loyalty to our soldiers, sailors, marines, and especially our airmen led me to the conclusion that I may be out of step with the times and some of the thinking of the establishment. This puts me in an awkward position. If I were to continue to serve as Chief of Staff of the Air Force and speak out, I could be seen as a divisive force and not a team player. I do not want the Air Force to suffer for my judgment and convictions. In my view, this would happen if I continue as your Chief. For these reasons I have decided to retire and devote more time to personal interests and my family, … but the Air Force will always be in my thoughts. [My wife] and I have met a lot of wonderful American servicemen and -women—active duty, Guard, Reserve, civilians, and family members—and they will continue to be a part of our lives. We have been proud to represent the men and women of the United States Air Force around the globe and to serve in the finest Air Force in the world. God bless and keep you all as you continue to serve this great nation.
  40. 5 points
    Right, the last time we put a non-fighter guy in there, he made blues monday a thing...
  41. 4 points
    It's a serious subject, obviously, and there have been some high-profile cases involving airline pilots in the last few years Here's a good story on when "shit got real" in the airline industry. https://www.airspacemag.com/flight-today/recovery-deep-stall-180974455/
  42. 4 points
    My uneducated opinion? The next event based trigger probably would be X ventilators on hand, plans to surge ICU and in-patient care (alternate locations and staffing), and rebuild our stock of PPE for medical workers. At least rebuilding the stock of PPE should allow at least outpatient surgeries/procedures to resume. However, the supply chains seem to have taken a big hit, with a lot of production happening overseas, and producing countries holding on to their production to help at home first before exporting. I've got family in the medical field. My brother (anesthesiologist), said his hospital has already gone from changing their respirator for every patient (prior to the whole COVID-19 problem) to "here's your one respirator, keep it in your locker when you go home, make it last as long as you can." And that's across the board at his hospital, not just for COVID-19 patients, and there's no approved procedure to sterilize/disinfect the respirator (since it's supposed to be a one time use item). It'd be like the AF saying "OBOGS is good, there's only a small risk of physiological incidents, so press on..." except grounding the fleet is off the table, there can be no safety stand down, and in fact, ops tempo is expected to surge for the foreseeable future, crew rest is waived, so suck it up. A nurse catching COVID-19 means they're out for 14-30 days, and each day they are out means 6-10 patients that day can't be supported (or 2-3 ICU patients). I'd imagine the number is roughly the same for doctors. So keeping them healthy (through triage, deferring care that can be deferred, and proper PPE) keeps them in the fight, not just for COVID, but for any procedure that can't be deferred. Right now, we are just delaying the big fight until we can mass our forces appropriately. However, just like in war, it doesn't really matter if we win battles now if we don't have the logistical support to sustain the fight and win the war. So hopefully we are using this time now to appropriately mass our resources and not get caught with our pants down when the fighting starts in earnest.
  43. 4 points
    I live in the PNW. There are Californians moving everywhere, and have been, however continue your state-based xenophobia. You also left out that in 2019 there were 37,810 Texans that moved to California, which was the second most behind Washington state. If you did your research, you'd know the north-central and north east part of California is historically Republican. Before you respond with some Boomer'esqe "libtard" insult, I'm born and raised in Wyoming. Which I would argue is more conservative than Texas. Also, with your comparison of exports, which you conveniently didn't respond with a GDP comparison (which Texas is second to California by a $1.2 trillion difference), Texas had $330 billion in exports in 2019. About $106 billion of it was oil. We'll see how well that much they lead in exports due to the price of oil currently being $20 per barrel. https://www.census.gov/foreign-trade/statistics/state/data/tx.html https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/11/04/691145-californians-left-last-year-what-state-did-they-go-to/
  44. 4 points
    Quick update everyone. 1. The 112th FS just sent out an email saying they are delaying a month or two due to the Covid outbreak. 2. I spoke briefly with a pilot at the 121st in DC. They are in the same boat and pushing it back but he said he was pretty certain they are not cancelling it so nothing to do but hurry up and wait for now.
  45. 4 points
  46. 4 points
    Thanks! Glad we did good by you! Let me know if you need anything in the future! Pleasure working with you. FYSA not the time to refi or buy right now if you can avoid it. Rates are jumping by .375-.5% overnight. We’re expecting things to settle but right now just making a list of potential refi’s and telling anyone buying to drag out settlement so we can look for dips to lock. Someone told me Today Navy Fed said 6 months to settle and the big boys are quotes up to 4.5%. Stay safe out there and watch out for the swarms of zombies. We’re running Trident out of a broken down school bus in the woods of WV surrounded by land mines. Jon
  47. 4 points
    Different times. Didn't you hear? Wing don't need to keep visual while maintaining TAC position while working sensors on the sweep while not making an ass out of himself in the AOR. It's all BVR datalink Betty EZ-bake oven, pick-your-position formation and Windows 10 pop-up fire control systems. So easy a regional FO can do it, hell he might be better at it! Add some 2-piece snag-o-matic Army Cosplay in there for good measure (who needs their limbs after an ejection anyways) and 11F shortage fixed! 😄
  48. 4 points
    I get verbose, so here's the TL;DR: The training pipeline is a very time consuming and stressful time. You'll have 3-4 months of time you'll have to be apart no matter what due to types of training. If you come with him, your support will certainly help him; but realize that he might not be able to be as engaged in the relationship or reciprocating of the support. You may also have trouble finding work, as UPT bases are in the middle of nowhere small towns. If you stay back home, you'll spend a long time apart from one another; being alone will allow him to focus more on studying, but the stress of the program and strain on your relationship may make it tough for him to actually stay and complete the training. Regardless of what you choose, it's not going to be an easy road, but it's manageable if you have the right expectations (whichever you choose), your relationship is in the right place, and you both understand that the sacrifices made are just short term; things will get better and return to more normalcy as time goes along. Here's the longer, more in-depth version: My .02 from inside UPT now and what I've experienced/heard from other UPT folks. I'm late-30's, married, and we had a 7 month old when this adventure started and enjoyed living in New York City. I brought them with me and it's been much better. Even if I decided to complicate things further by adding another kiddo to the mix, arriving before the end of UPT. First, I went the Reserves route, because your training is all in one continuous line; he'll start OTS and will be on full-time orders from day 1 until popping out the other end (about 2 years) as a trained and unit-qualified pilot. The Guard has more breaks in training, where he might go to OTS, come home for a few months, then to SERE (takes a month), then home, then to UPT (takes a year), then home, then FTU (3-9 months, depending on airframe), then to his home unit. The breaks could be nice if you were staying put, but they could be more of a PITA if you're going with him and pulling up roots at your current home. You're going to 100% have to spend OTS (2 months) IFT (6 weeks, I think. He'll have to go to this if he doesn't have his pilot's license before starting UPT/skips it if he does), and SERE (one month) apart, as you really have no ability to go with him to any of that, so you'll be separated regardless. Then comes to the big chunk of time and stress; UPT. To make a bunch of long stories short, the gist I've seen from multiple folks and is that, unless you're PREPARED to spend that much time apart, it is VERY hard to be successful at UPT without family with you. I know more people that have dropped due to not having families come with them and only know a few folks, every one of them prior military service folks that have dealt with separation before, that are doing okay without their families here. So, if you're not used to spending serious time apart, it's very possible the strain can be too much for the relationship. The downsides of you coming are also notable. First is that UPT is a very demanding schedule and 12 hour days (just the time he'll be gone; not including him studying/mission planning at home) are very common. He'll be target-locked on studying and likely not be able to give as much time to you/your relationship as you're used to, since free moments are few and far between at many points. If you're used to him helping out a lot around the house, cooking dinner together, being able to sit and talk/watch TV with you for hours each night, etc., it'll likely be reduced greatly as he'll have to go study. Or, if he does still try to give that time to your relationship, he's going to be sacrificing the studying time and likely not doing as well in the program. There's only so much time in the day. Personally, I have had many moments where I needed to study and the need to be an engaged husband and father also required my attention. I've certainly erred toward my family over hitting the books as hard, which has certainly affected my performance, but those are the calculated decisions I've chosen to make. Everyone does their own math and handles it all differently. If he is a perfectionist or struggles more with some aspects along the way, just realized he might choose differently. Many people have done it and made it all work, but each person is different and you'll have to take a long look at yourselves and how you think you'll handle it. There's also the inability to get out of "this life" in that the bases are pretty much only for training pilots, so everyone is in the same boat. That can be good for support, but he is going to live and breathe UPT, which means you likely will, too. Your social interactions will involve him with other UPT students talking shop and you hanging with spouses that are also likely very involved with talking about UPT-related things. You're going to know where you're going being Guard/Reserves, so that stress doesn't exist for you guys, really. You're also on the older side (like we are), so your life experiences, wants, and needs may be different from other students (most are single) and spouses that might be fresh out of college, not working/never had a career, not thinking about kids, etc. Last big piece if you come with: UPT bases are in the middle of nowhere, so jobs can be tough to come by if you have something specialized that only exists in bigger cities. It's very likely the pay will be quite a bit lower; although your bills are much lower, so it kinda evens out. That said, chances of you finding a PR/Communications job you love as much as your current job (unless you can work remotely) close to one of the UPT bases are going to be pretty slim. Again, YMMV and I'm certainly not trying to scare you. But, it's important to have rational and managed expectations of what the choice makes. It's an amazing thing and extremely rewarding, but it's not without pitfalls. But, that's life. Haha. Anyway, sorry this got long. Feel free to ask away with any other questions you might have! Good luck to you both!
  49. 4 points
    I was told by one of the guys at the 457th FS that invites would go out by next weekend. Good luck!
  50. 4 points
    My opinion...you don't get that cushy consulting/board member gigs by ruffling feathers.
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