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  1. As an 11F separating from AD all of this doesn't suprise me - but it's still hard to watch from the sidelines. 75% promotion rate for MSG dudes? Create some room at the B Course because we could really use these hard charging leaders in a MWS in CENTCOM. For me, ever since TAMI-21 I stopped listening to anything Big Air Force SAYS and started only paying attention to what Big Air Force DOES. For all those looking at a bonus or extending their ADSC past their UPT commitment I would fence in appropriately and do so only with very high SA. Get your ATP and be ready with options as you get close to your commitment. Best of luck to everyone!
  2. Bump - if anyone else is looking for a good night flashlight. Just used a Surefire Kroma Milspec for the past few months and it is expensive but awesome. Red / Green / Blue / IR / White and good levels for NVG cockpit usage. Highly recommend. Super tough and lightweight as well. Tried to get the Phantom (above) but ran into issues being overseas.
  3. HHG - Japanese movers are awesome. If stuff gets broken it will most likely be when it's getting packed in the States. Most electronics should be fine, (Japan is 100V) and your laptop adapter should say 100-240V (double check). I think TVs may have issues, so heads up on that, but you can get a transformer. Only a factor off base. I would highly recommend living on the sea wall. It's awesome and generally the traffic wasn't bad (10 minute commute or so). You can walk to little bars and sushi restaurants. I was able to pocket about $400 a month out of my utilities that I didn't use. Easy to go for runs along the sea wall and the sunsets after work while you're eating dinner is pretty cool. I would find a card that doesn't have a foreign transaction fee. I don't remember how I paid my rent (I think GI Bill Pay or something?) You can get Yen on base easily and there's no reason to get a Japanese bank. I imagine contactless pay with an iPhone is full up there too.
  4. That's called an ADO double turn! Other double turn options include: Top 3 to Red 1 Red air to SOF OR the elusive AM SOF to closing Top 3!
  5. This is a big point. It makes no sense to me to have the F-22 sitting alert. Also the USAF has been training with the 4th gen 5th gen mix for a while, and the whole "night one of the war" situation I don't think is an insurmountable problem with FI. Plus, the legacy jets give you a lot more options for basically uncontested air environments, like Syria, or Afghanistan etc...
  6. Does anyone fly with an automatic (mechanical) watch? Specifically in a high-g airframe? Did the timing get thrown off? Usually I fly with a quartz watch but it’s in for servicing and looking to fly with a Bremont instead. First world problems...
  7. Well no IPZ luck here. 11F on third ops tour. Not stellar records but not bad either (strats, OEF, DG, awards etc..). Time to get smart on the guard and airlines - glad I had enough SA to avoid the bonus.
  8. Saw the obligatory AFPC U2 email. Not my cup of tea to fly around in the bozosphere for long missions in a pressure suit... but what's the b-course / tx like for that?
  9. I'm curious how a T-6 would do in a race like that... probably not competitive against an L-39, but maybe against the piston engine planes.
  10. Where I'm at we finally got a bunch of contract support in the squadron, which really frees up the time of the younger guys. We have WDO / Scheduling / Training and basically a mini CSS again (completely bragging). So I would say the quality of life of first assignment guys is higher, but it doesn't really matter because they are really excited to be in an ops unit and they don't know any different. There is a ton of real world operational experience on this board. AD USAF gives you a lot of opportunities that are not available anywhere else, but also it is highly variable and your results will vary significantly with your peers. The bottom line is that AD has a lot better deals and a lot worse deals than ANG. I think if you're the type of person that wants to fly in combat, you'll probably be drawn to AD - and good on you. The frustration here on the board is because AD could be so much better than it is. It's not that people don't like AD, it's all the surrounding BS that gets in the way.
  11. Is there any work around to get media off of itunes (mostly music) on your andriod?
  12. I am no expert investor, but everything I've read* on the subject has basically said to avoid mutual funds and just invest in an index fund. (You can also do bonds and real estate funds to balance your portfolio). I think Buffet has the same opinion. *Random walk down wall street, a couple of Nassim Taleb's books.
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