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  1. 17D_guy

    That Cyber Thread

    For real. Those E's leadership failed. It's authorized in AFI with a few required items/timelines (which we hit). There are some AFSCs/jobs that get it automatically and we're trying to get added if (actually when) we pick up that mission.
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    That Cyber Thread

    Greetings from Cyber-land. Looks like we've started to develop a national strategy on how to impose costs on the enemy and threaten with "the cybers" just like when we park B-52s near North Korea - https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/23/us/politics/russian-hacking-usa-cyber-command.html Fantastic read overall, specific part - Of additional interest is this Cyber National Mission Force twitter account which is dropping malware that's been discovered in the wild - https://twitter.com/CNMF_VirusAlert Shit's getting real folks. We're developing legit policy to inform strategy to impose legit costs on our enemy in this new domain. I'm fucking excited. As the DO of a Cyber Ops Unit getting the expeditionary/Ops mindset in our Airmen is...difficult. Hopefully the "You're an instrument of National power projection" will help...if not, shit's about to get even more directive. Additionally, getting some of the HHQ shoe clerks to think outside of TDY's to CONUS locations and what it takes to go to some of these places has been extremely difficult. Required to wear civilian clothes...we need a civ clothing allowance for our E's. The retired MSgt running XP shaking his head "No," since they can just go buy it out of pocket. WTF. Also, did you know that we've hired civilians onto our teams? Did you know we're unable to order civilians to take missions? They can just refuse. Great planning AF! I'm going to start throwing around "Gucci boys" as a slur. We're starting threat of the week next Friday, so if anyone's got a good template let me know. Otherwise the 2Lt doing it can thrash and learn via pain. Fuck I love this job. Thanks to everyone here for the guidance over the years, it's helping very much.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    No doubt, I was more along the lines of splitting those doing cyber ops from you normal Comm sq (IT) dude. One's ops, ones compliance...but we're 1 AFSC because it's easier for AFPC to manage use that way.
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Did you get training to do all that? I wonder about the dude who gets tagged to do these reports how they're prepared for it.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Like Fuzz says we've got a number of 2-time commanders, and a lot of O-4 Sq/CC's now. Per AFPC we're all in for command, no declinations, I think that's more a product of 2 AFSC RIFs and the Hunger Games in '14-'16. It's hard to say if we're going to go older since the domain is so new. We're shoe-horning it into what the AF knows (Flt-Sq-Grp) but I don't think it's going to last. It's not how we operate (more team/capes focused). This is an area other service models *might* make more sense? Some of our older commanders struggle with the compliance vs. ops mindset. If they'd just split the fucking AFSC we'd have a much easier time.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    I agree, but want to point out this is changing as we move from a support function to mission defense and operations role.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    I've gotten that feedback from 2 "HPO" 14N Lt Col's, but it might have just been in my corner of the AF.
  8. 17D_guy

    Russian Dry Dock Sinks

    Pumps got stuck on, huh...that's interesting.
  9. 17D_guy

    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Well...sure. But there's also this: Plus, what he said to/about the 1-stripe Amn is fucking UNSAT for a GO.
  10. 17D_guy

    That Cyber Thread

    If someone with a lot of DOT experience could shoot me a PM I'd appreciate it. I've got some air-breathing ops questions as we build out our cyber training requirements.
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    That Cyber Thread

    Sorry, just saw this. 1. If I could do it all over again I'd do ROTC. OTS is a gamble. The games suck, but theirs those with every commissioning source. 2. Sitting at a computer...yep. Discussions aren't too bad, we're the AF so most people understand computers, what they don't understand are processes or lines of authority. You'll explain those a lot. 3. Uh...it depends? Officers in 17X are much more leadership with early years on keyboard (if you get ops). If you get support they're almost all management. 1B4's are enlisted, and are almost all more on keyboard focused for the long run. It really depends on what you want to do.
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    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Speaking of those, where can a brother design/order some for his cyber operators? We got tab patches on the OCP, and it would be a shame to wear only authorized patches on it.
  13. 17D_guy

    Latest Movies

    Venom turned out to be fun and entertaining. Actually owning some of the original comics he appears in, I thought the new origin was interesting and carried on the spirit of the character.
  14. 17D_guy

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    Per AFI the weird colors. Perhaps we can lobby for full color patches on Friday.
  15. 17D_guy

    Promotion and PRF Information

    Wow. That sucks dude. I remember sitting bitch queep work at wing CAG and reviewing the incoming 14N Lt/Jr Capt OPR's with no strats and discussing forcefully with the Sq/CC's they needed to get the good people numbers. Never got that done. I've talked with a few 14N Lt Col's afterwards and they all said no one gets strats at that level. I still don't understand it.