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Kenny Powers

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  1. Kenny Powers

    Upcoming Boards

    I always tell people that your scores, GPA, etc. are what get you the interview and they don't really matter much after that. Once you show up for the interview, we are trying to get to know you so we can make the decision based off the "whole person" concept everyone talks about.
  2. Kenny Powers

    Upcoming Boards

    It all comes down to the application, the meet and greet, and the interview. You need to win at least 2 out of those 3 to be considered, in my opinion. If you dont have a great interview, that can be overlooked if the meet and greet went well. If someone else nails all 3, then they'll probably get hired over you. If you don't do well in the meet and greet and you dont do well in the interview, then you're out. Sometimes it's also just really tough. The meet and greet goes well and the applicants interview well. So then it comes down to kind of our "gut feeling" about who we think would work out best in the squadron and go with that.
  3. Kenny Powers

    Upcoming Boards

    Maybe save the "Been rejected by a lesbian in a lesbian bar" story for when you are actually having beers. You can PM me if you need feedback. I have reviewed your application in the past.
  4. Kenny Powers

    Upcoming Boards

    Why would they? It might be happening but, just to remind everyone here, it's the exception, not the rule. So, unless your application is really awesome, most unit's probably aren't going to pursue one. Scores really aren't enough on their own, either. When we get 100 applications, I would say at least half of them have really good scores. So now I need to find another way to pick 12 or so people to invite to an interview. So I read through maybe the top 20 or so based on scores, GPA, maybe some other factors, and really try to figure out what kind of person you are by reading your cover letter, your letters of recommendation, and seeing what you have accomplished over the years. Then, we'll narrow it down to a dozen people or so and send out invites. My best advice is to try and find a way to make your application stand out and grab my attention. I honestly dont care how it's prepared but it should be neat and orderly, but no need to spend much money on it. It sucks when reading through the top 20 applications and they all read the same. Good scores, good GPA, and guess what? All letters of recommendation sound the same. When reading your cover letter, I honestly don't care what you type about why you want to fly with us. It could all just be bullshit that you just researched online the night before. I think it'd be awesome to see a cover letter, in bullet format, telling me about all the cool things you have done, the stuff the doesn't have a place on a resume. The stories you would tell your bros over a beer. And don't be a douche. These are all random thoughts after having a few beers. I encourage everyone to keep applying, no matter the odds. Age waivers are not common and I wouldn't expect a Squadron to be willing to work one, but you never know. You're application is really going to have to stand out and even then it's still a long shot. Use this information to make the best decision you can if you want to get in this business. Maybe the UPT ship has sailed, but there are other options out there that can still be pretty cool.
  5. Kenny Powers

    The new airline thread

    How'd you convince the pilots to let you do the flying?
  6. Kenny Powers

    Stocks for Dummies (Aviators)

    Please, do go on about this loosing money...
  7. Kenny Powers

    What is right with the Air Force

    I should preface that by saying I only use my GTC to pay for the airline ticket.
  8. Kenny Powers

    What is right with the Air Force

    Or not having the funds to go on the next TDY because your card has lot been paid off from the last.
  9. Kenny Powers

    Points, no pay?

    Drill Status Guardsmen. Your traditional 1 weekend a month 2 weeks a year type status.
  10. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    Agree to disagree, maybe your experience with these types of situations is different than mine. And I dont know the timeline of the above audio (is it real time?), but I clocked about 40 seconds between barrel roll and crash. So what do you think would have changed based on your arguement above?
  11. Kenny Powers

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Who F#cking cares what uniform people wear?
  12. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    I dont know your background, so I dont mean to insult, but once the Eagles picked him up on their radar, they could've shot him down at any given moment. Guess what happens to an airliner when you shoot it down? It crashes. Probably fully in contact. Missiles cause planes to crash by sending frag through critical systems, like hydraulics. Even if they spear the aircraft, if they dont render those systems useless, the plane will probably still fly. There is a reason we shoot x2 at airline sized aircraft. So, do we shoot a plane down with a dude who hasn't necessarily shown hostile intent and let it crash in a random place, or wait and see what happens? Not like you are controlling the crash either way, unless it was headed for a very specific target. Did that dude crash intentionally? Was there a good point during the intercept to shoot him down and not be worried about where the plane would end up? I dont know. I dont have a ton of ACA experience, but I have some, and i have intercepted dudes with live missiles on my jet. Things happen quick and the situation is extremely ambiguous. It's a pick up game trying to figure out WTF is going on and what the intent is. Unless I heard Rich on the radio sounding like he wanted to hurt people, or the voice of God spoke over the NORAD freq and told me this was a known terrorist plot, I'd have a difficult time shooting. Edit to add: As a fighter pilot doing ACA, it's almost never my call to shoot. It's my job to intercept the guy, tell NORAD what is going on, and try to help make contact (over the radio or visually) or direct him away from a specific area.
  13. Kenny Powers

    KC-135 Tanker Q&A

    Real question: why do the -135 guys always have the lights cranked down so low in the AOR, while the -10 guys are lit up like Christmas trees? Only a few times I was really nervous in the AOR, and most of the time it involved night AR w/ a -135...
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    If you're a qualified Fighter Pilot and not a 2LT or Col, you can probably go anywhere. Units across all airframes are hiring and most seem to have TX slots. Everyone is looking to replace the guys leaving full time for the airlines. Purely observation from the emails I've seen going around the Guard but you could probably pick the unit you want to fly with and I bet they're looking for experience dudes.
  15. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    Yes.
  16. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    We had F-15s ready to shoot it down, it wasn't required. You're upset?
  17. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    I disagree. We didn't get lucky, our process worked. We knew the situation, the Eagle pilots and ATC fed up to date information to everyone involved, and the decision was made to NOT shoot this aircraft down based on the threat it posed. Had the threat assessment changed, then the decision to shoot it down would have changed.
  18. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    No, not at all. Nothing cool about shooting down an airliner, regardless of the situation.
  19. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    My point is, this is about the best possible outcome, unless the guy could have successfully landed somewhere without hurting anyone. A shootdown would have really opened a can of worms. All participants in a situation like this are using the most up to date information to make a risk assessment. Rarely would that result in an engagement order. Again, this situation turned out almost as good as you could hope.
  20. Really? Mach, you can PM me with questions about lifestyle of a Guard Fighter Pilot.
  21. Kenny Powers

    Seattle airliner stolen and crashed

    You're suggesting that a shootdown situation would have ended better than the actual event did?
  22. Kenny Powers

    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    Seeing quite a bit of this on the Guard side too, at least in my Fighter Squadron. Guys aren't leaving but I feel like shortly we will struggle to keep full time, experienced IPs. Most of them are getting hired with the majors. Guys are also getting hired with the majors as soon as they get through the IPUG (we take forever to upgrade people, so by the time we put someone through the IPUG they have the hours.) To make the situation worse, most of the senior FL types are burnt out and might not jump at the opportunity for a full time AGR gig.
  23. Kenny Powers

    Rushing Units

    To add to what Brabus said, don't make the mistake of not talking at all. It's very frustrating to try to engage in conversation with people who are rushing/interviewing with my squadron and they just don't really talk because they are afraid of sounding stupid or something. If I can't get to know you a bit, I can't make a recommendation to the hiring board. Sit back and listen but be social when dudes are trying to have a conversation with you, don't just give a yes or no answer.
  24. Kenny Powers

    VLPAD

    How did you know what jobs you were applying for? Or did you just put a list of jobs you wanted and locations? I haven't actually looked at the application yet, just read through the details online.
  25. Kenny Powers

    VLPAD

    Anyone done this lately? I read up a bit on it today, seemed like I had to have all the paperwork done just to submit the application, i.e. having my CC sign off on releasing me if I got accepted. Not sure I want to jump through those hoops until I'm actually offered a position I would accept. Also, time line? I saw someone post that they were back on AD in a few months after applying. I'm probably not ready to go back for another 6-9 months, if the right job or location was offered.
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