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BeerMan last won the day on March 11

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  1. I expected responsible long term decisions that were made on the basis of maintaining the United States' ability to defend itself and its allies. The decision to end F-22 production (by Sec Gates) and the direction to get 60 ISR CAPs remain two extremely short sighted decisions that have had a significant negative impact, and have placed the Air Force and the United States in the strategically "high risk" position we are in today. I agree with what di1630 stated above. Even at 350 F-22s (instead of ~700 planned or the 180 we ended up with) you would have twice the number of F-22s squadrons (two more wings), and probably twice the F-22 B-Course production capability. It's debatable, but I think you would have been able to retire the F-15C (~2020), we avoid the whole "retire the A-10" debacle, and you would have developed a much more robust 5th Gen fighter and maintenance force. You reduce your pilot and maintainer absorption problem, and have a positive impact on the retention problem. (diversified assignment options, Eagle guys don't just ping between overseas England and Japan, increased F-16 and F-15E opportunities in the F-22, and you have a lot more F-22 pilots to go straight to the F-35). Overall you have a more capable force, and hedged a lot of the risk in the F-35. Do I want guys to fly a new F-15X vs a 40 year old F-15C, hell yeah, but it blows my mind that we're going to buy 12 of them in 2020 to try and address a capacity issue. OSD did it to us. Bold leadership means standing up for what you believe in. Hell, maybe they (OSD) made what they thought was the best decision at the time, but right now it sure as hell looks like it was a poor decision. It has taken us a DECADE (2009-2019) to "grow, stabilize, and mature the RPA enterprise." The insatiable demand for 60 CAPs? All that did was create programs like TAMI 21, and crush the will of 11F/11Ms in the 2004-2010 timeframe, and create the false notion that leadership can watch the war through a soda straw and hold decision authority at the highest level. This has directly impacted the current retention crisis we are in with 11Fs. We learned that again in 2013 when we could have ended OIR before it started had we gone on the offensive, but instead we held back, played whack a mole and 5 years later we're "closing up shop" even though were aren't going anywhere. It will go on. Add the Budget Control Act of 2011 on top of those poor decisions and it's no wonder the Air Force (and really the Army and the Navy but for different reasons) have the force structure, retention, and unbalanced strategic skills challenges facing them today. Now a lot would have happened between then and now, but love or hate Buzz he actually had the foresight to think ahead. Gates and OSD put us on this path, and Congress and the Executive branch kept us there. Again, easy to look back in hindsight, but Buzz was right. I'm on the fence about Light Attack. There is no way OSD would have purchased enough light attack back in 2008 in the quantities needed to reduce the Ops Tempo for other fighter squadrons to dial back. BCA made sure of that. Do you think Light Attack would have changed our behavior in any of the AORs? I don't think so. Now it's too little, too late for our National Security Strategy and it doesn't rank high enough on the priority list in its current form.
  2. Maybe I’m just cranky today but if you google “GTC use while TDY” it is literally the 3rd hit. I wouldn’t call that “deconstructing cross-referenced bureaucracy that no one else could” I’m not the GTC police. You do you. But they guy created a new thread, responded with “well ya I know” twice and wanted someone to do the work for him. It just came across as lazy. I’ll go back to drinking my Ensure now.
  3. You obviously put a lot of effort into this. Try Google: https://www.defensetravel.dod.mil/Docs/regulations/GTCC.pdf 040501. Requirement for Use Unless otherwise exempt (see section 0406), all DoD personnel (military or civilian) are required to use the travel card for all authorized expenses relating to official government travel. Official government travel is defined as travel under official orders to meet mission requirements. 040502. Failure to Use GTCC Failure to use the travel card will not be used as a basis for refusal to reimburse the traveler for authorized expenses. However, failure to use the travel card may subject the traveler to appropriate administrative or disciplinary action. Then go look at Section 0406 for exemptions. Free advice: If you’re going to break a rule, don’t ask the crowd if it’s ok to break the rule, and then scoff people trying to help you when you appear to have put in about 3 seconds of actual work.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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?
  10. 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.
  11. 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?
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Truth. It’s not just your base, it’s all of the bases.
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