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  1. BeerMan

    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    If everyone in my community has access to it, and you do not, it’s not a common misconception or anecdotal, it’s data. But it appears in your case you don’t have access to it and that is a foul on your safety folks. A Lt or Captain, heck even a few Tsgts and Msgts with an AFSAS account can download a report, password protect it, and email it to you. We do it. You just have to trust that person not to post it on JQP, email it to their Congressman, or drop it off at the local news. The individual who accessed it has their name printed in the footer of every page, and it’s time date stamped; a bit excessive if you ask me but still a deterrent. I’m not trying to be confrontational. A lot of your points and the others above are valid. I bet we agree on a lot of this. As a DO, you should/can get an AFSAS account. The whole point of the program is for mishap prevention. I agree that certain people are being too close hold with safety privileged information. The “safety privilege” card is played too often. The common misconception in this case is that “safey privilege” is being applied incorrectly. It’s for mishap prevention, and protecting the process from legal issues. People don’t understand that so instead they use it as CYA and don’t share anything. My point about seeking out the info ourselves is that no one has the spare time to do all of this. We’ve all got shit to do. That is why the commander needs to emphasize what he/she wants from their FSO or FSNCO. I guess I’m saying don’t let the safety empire get in the way. The tools exist, we just need to be proactive and use them.
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    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    The information is available, pilots just have to go get it. Anyone with an AFSAS account can access every single SIB. You probably have a Capt or Lt in your squadron with an account, and anyone who went to AMIC still has an account. It's just like Google, type in aircraft or base, select Class A (or B, C, etc), and hit return. You can be as general or as specific as you want. The kicker is you have to sit down and actually read the report. In the world of Twitter, Snapchat, and TLDR, no one wants to sit down and read a 20 page report about how something went wrong. Might be worth giving your squadron FSO some guidance on what you'd like them to read about and brief the squadron. At the end of the day people will take the path of least resistance. Don't wait for someone else to do all of the work for you. Just my 2 cents.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    If you're in the CAF "hacking the mission" is your job. Show up, study, listen to briefs, fly, learn from your mistakes, fly, learn from other peoples mistakes, fly, learn how to schedule, build a LOX, go to the sim and practice, know how to put your gas mask on and when, fly, study some more, make popcorn, fly, go TDY, don't repeatedly be a nitz, fly, and do the right thing." If you focus on those things for 10+ years, and you decide that you want to keep doing what you're doing and lead people like you were lead as an O-1, you will have an opportunity to lead as an O-5. You won't have to fight to be in the top 50%, and promotion won't be a crap shoot. It is just not like that in the CAF. If you don't want to lead as an O-5, or you decide you want to be on the extra 5 year plan and still lead, you will have lots of opportunities to do that in the Guard and Reserve. You can keep doing what you did for the last 10+ years, albeit in a slightly different but mostly the same capacity. I've almost never seen a CAF pilot fight to be an exec or want to do anything other than fly and be in the squadron.There are always outliers, but it is way outside of the norm. There is no careerist path. There is only one path as an O-1, do your job well, take care of your family, and the rest takes care of itself. You will have options at the end of your commitment no matter what.
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    Hurricane Michael

    Wait, they aren't all Code 1 all the time? Maintainers have families? Stop it with all the common sense! The first time I learned what a CANN bird was it blew my mind. I hope this helps highlight some of the problems the Air Force is having with logistics and supply of parts. I don't normally like Tyler Rogoway's writing, but this article is a pretty good summary of the challenges associated with prepping for a HURREVAC: http://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/24204/setting-the-record-straight-on-why-fighter-jets-cant-all-simply-fly-away-to-escape-storms
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    Hurricane Michael

    I don’t know Moose, as smart as you sound, you really should stick around. It sounds like you know everything about running a fighter Wing, fighter ops, Mx generations, hurrivac time lines, civil engineering, leadership, decision making, and accountability. Sarcasm aside, dude calm down. I don’t think “AFPC from 2013-2015” has anything to do with a 150+ MPH storm hitting a base with 1960s infrastructure. You appear to be exhibiting the very attitude of micromanaging leadership that many of us complain about on this board on a regular basis. No one knows what jets are damaged and what jets are not, and once they do know they’re not going to post those details on the inter webs. Give them a chance to figure things out and clear the roads of downed power lines before you start demanding “accountability” We’d all be better off if we tried to understand things from a different perspective, CAF vs MAF, etc. Shoot first, ask questions later is not the Air Force we want to be.
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    Hurricane Michael

    48 hours after the base is leveled and you “want some butts” huh? Wait...F22s need to be treated like national security assets? Why didn’t you call the wing commander to let him know? You sound Iike you have terrific MAF senior leadership potential. You got any other great words of wisdom?
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Lack of resources is a valid gripe. VR is extra work. The squadron’s should be resourced appropriately to tackle this new VR idea. Your leadership should be trying to help. The squadron commanders at UPT bases should be reducing whatever additional work load they can on these Captains and Majors so they have some extra time. But how is this different than putting in the extra time to study for 2FLUG or IPUG like guys do in the CAF? The people I’ve seen who are the most successful in the CAF are the ones who put in the extra effort focusing on flying. This VR issue seems like the UPT equivalent of that. Young IP, new idea, wants to get after it. Those are the right people to solve those problems. Anyone who is an O-6 or above can barely run their iPhone. They didn’t even have internet and email when those guys were in college/UPT. Trust me, you don’t want AETC staff tackling the VR issue. The MAJCOM is never going to solve any of your problems. They don’t know the problem. Squadrons know it. The bobs are aware of this. You also don’t want a contractor or think tank working on it. They have no idea, and the solution will cost millions and show up 10 years too late. I have no idea what SOS, masters, ACSC, or “operational experience” has to do with having an open mind and being willing to try to solve a tactical problem in a new way. We could all benefit by not being so offended and focusing on the problem.
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    T-6s Grounded; More OBOGS Issues

    Its a lot saltier around here than usual. Many of you dissenters sound like the fix-to-fix crowd. For the folks who are so adamantly against trying VR devices...do you honestly believe there is zero value in it? Hell, anything is better than putting a paper poster on your dorm wall with toilet plunger in the middle. If a kid can throw on some glasses and practice pattern ops in their room why wouldn't we encourage that? Maybe they could practice an instrument cross check? You could give them some situational learning problems, EPs, etc. No contract sim instructor required, no FMT time required, no contract from CSI, Boeing, Lockheed, and they don't have to do it from the hours of 0800-1600, etc. It's not going to be perfect, but it sure beats handing them ten three ring binders filled with diagrams of control and performance instruments and how to perform your NMAILMAN and WHOLDS checks. Why so salty?
  9. Disillusioned - Realizing that something is not what you thought it was going to be. Serious question, what did you think flying a tanker, transport, fighter, or helicopter was going to be like for 10 years in the Air Force? Once I know what you thought it was going to be like, I'd like to know what it is like after 1 year doing it.
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    The new airline thread

    Thanks!
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    The new airline thread

    What is the difference between an ART, an AGR, and someone still on Active Duty? I think I know, but I'd rather hear it from you guys.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Truth. It’s not just your base, it’s all of the bases.
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    Promotion and PRF Information

    Duck...I don’t know you and I wish you the best. For about 179ish pages you’ve been trying to get the Air Force to let you separate, and have regaled us with your tales of the ups and downs. I don’t know why and I don’t need to know why. Again, I wish you the best. In regards to inquiring about involintary separation pay, when you voluntarily said you really, really, REALLY want to separate, are you surprised some of us think it’s not quite right that you pursue additional funds because you got what you wanted? Again, I don’t know you and I wish you the best. It’s not about you in this example. You are probably a great dude, but the outside perception is that you’ve been screaming to get out, you got what you wanted, and now you asked about getting paid for an “involuntary” separation. That kind of attitude hurts the rest of us man. Just an observation. Not an indightment of your career in the Air Force. I’m with Slack on this one. Maybe just take the debrief comment and move on?
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    Raptor Gear Up at Fallon?

    Or you could say nothing and wait for the SIB. Rule #1...anyone...anyone?
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    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    YMMV but I thought being a flight commander was awesome. You're literally running the day to day ops of the squadron, flying upgrades, making Ops related decisions, and looking out for your people. Yes there is some OPR and awards BS, and you sit some SOF but at the 6-8 year point you need to learn those things and if you have a good ADO, DO, & CC you shouldn't be doing too much of it. I can't speak for the MAF but the above comment is abnormal in the CAF. Sure every community has their penguins and queep monsters but that is the exception not the norm. Most majors I've worked with (in a fighter squadron) or had work for me were a credible IPs. The majority of CCs and DOs I've had were either weapons officers or a very credible IPs. Most could get shit handled, show up 5 mins prior, kick ass and still teach you how to get better next time. Maybe I'm an anomaly but pretty much everyone usually wants to fly in my community.
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