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Tonka last won the day on August 15 2015

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  1. Tonka

    Retirement / Separation Considerations

    Haven't read the whole reg, yet. New one is out dated 5 Oct 2018: Table is now 7.2 (line 3, Lt Col and below). Same effect, slightly different verbiage? (http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a1/publication/afi36-2110/afi36-2110.pdf): Airmen may request a retirement date which is not later than the first day of the 7th month following 365-day extended deployment notification date (mo/yr), OR, the first day of the month upon completion of 20 years TAFMS, OR, the first day of the month after completion of Active Duty Service Commitment, whichever is later
  2. Tonka

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    So when asked the question, "Did you have alcohol?" by an officer in ROTC, how should s/he respond?
  3. Tonka

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    You have two choices. Tell the truth or lie. Both have differing short term and long term results. You tell us which is the better path to take.... typically contrite people survive their mistakes, the damage from the attempted cover up is always worse. You'll be fine, just don't fail a PT test.
  4. Tonka

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    This caught the bosses eye... https://warontherocks.com/2018/08/the-air-force-chief-responds-keep-writing-col-ned-stark-and-join-my-team/
  5. Tonka

    COTS sUAS ban

    You might be a little low on the cost estimate... interesting that the problem was with foreign products, but we took the draconian approach to all of them.
  6. Tonka

    COTS sUAS ban

    Meh, most of us don't care... but this is a big deal for many parts of the military, especially for some of the ground pounders that have come to rely on these systems... https://dronedj.com/2018/06/07/department-of-defense-bans-the-purchase-of-commercial-over-the-shelf-uas-including-dji-drones/ Department of Defense bans the purchase of commercial-over-the-shelf UAS, including DJI drones effective immediately “SUBJECT: (U/FOUO) Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities (U/FOUO) On May 14, 2018 the DoD Inspector General found that DoD has not implemented an adequate process to access cybersecurity risks associated with using commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). (U/FOUO) Effectively immediately, you must suspend purchases of COTS UAS for operational use until the DoD develops a strategy to adequately assess and mitigate the risks associated with their use. (U/FOUO) In addition you must suspend the use of COTS UASs until the DoD identifies and fields a solution to mitigate known cybersecurity risks. (U/FOUO) I hold approval authority for any requests for exemptions, on a case by case basis, to support urgent needs. (U/FOUO) The points of contact for this matter are Ms Ellen M, Lord, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, and Mr, Dana Deasy, Department of Defense Chiefs Information Officer.” and the ARMY led the way, banning them last year: http://soldiersystems.net/2017/08/05/army-bans-use-of-a-cots-uas-system/ ... So, how long until we "develop a strategy"?
  7. Tonka

    ADSC Waiver to Retire

    How does one apply? I have a PCS ADSC that ends 7 months after retirement eligibility. Can I apply to retire and then work the ADSC waiver? I'd effectively be pushing the button 19 months out from the PCS ADSC and 12 months prior to retirement elegibility.
  8. Another survey, not mine: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSflP_wbAKZvjpl-nsedOaQPjCTmkPVK_3sGg6epAGqvriFMGQ/viewform Straight, forward, to the point. Smart guy, I've seen some of his work and it has a good chance of getting attention.
  9. "The Sun Flyer 2's three dollar hourly operating costs are 10 times lower than traditional piston-engine flight trainers, with no carbon emissions and significantly reduced noise." http://sunflyer.com/2018/04/11/bye-aerospace-announces-first-flight-of-sun-flyer-2/ $3!!
  10. Tonka

    Pilot Shortage Deepens, USAF is SCREWED.

    YMMV, but I know a good amount of O-5 through O-7s that at one time claimed they were getting out... some were disingenuous, many more really weren't as decided as they presented, and some just had major changes in life. Some are pessimistic and are concerned of another 911 and layoffs... all depends on your crystal ball. That being said, the more examples of positive outcomes for folks to look at does not bode well for the AF. But there will always be a regression to a mean, there will be layoffs at some point...
  11. Tonka

    VA Loans

    Thanks! It is on top of wood subfloor... same issue probably? I'm guessing we just cant paint subfloor to make it good?
  12. Tonka

    VA Loans

    Looking to buy a house with VA and the carpet is trashed and the seller has a lower price because of it (and some other mostly cosmetic stuff) will large chunks of carpet missing stop the appraisal/inspecroon? I don't want to ask him to fix it, because I'd rather do it when I own the house.
  13. Tonka

    Pilot Math

    If you mean because someone will burn you as a result? Maybe... but there is some margin built in for making corrections. If you drifted down wind you'll need enough control power margin to correct for that error... if you were downwind (porking it), not correcting, and then got a gust then you might be hosed... depends on the width of the runway and how white the knuckles are on your ungloved IPs hands.
  14. Some speculation, some more pertinent than others: MWS is better than a white jet, IP in an MWS is better than a white jet IP, especially UPT base, AC in an MWS is PROBABLY better than a white jet IP, especially UPT base 2 aircraft are better than 1, 2 MWS aircraft are better than an MWS and a white Jet... IMHO: I would try hard to get the MWS IP, and wouldn't consider going white-jet (unless there is some other compelling reason, i.e. family life). There is a reason we make make first assignment IPs in the training jets... for you it wouldn't help the resume much. But you probably need to be an IP to be competitive as a heavy bubba. But those are really secondary to: Can you handle the academics of the course. There are minimums for the above, and which of the above is better might only come into play if everything else is pretty close between you and the next guy (look at the application reg and see the break down of requirements, flying experience isn't overwhelming). If you can't get the minimums or you can't get out of a white jet (other people reading this thread), do something academic and impressive somewhere else. Get something with "test" in it, go test a new flare load out (that the last WIC guy wrote a paper on), go "Test" a new procedure in the sim, go "test" the new urinal, etc... tell your CC and DO what you want to do, tell them you want anything "Test" that comes down the pipe for your aircraft, etc, etc... Even if something is ground based-only, show the initiative, the willingness to learn and try something new. Job titles matter too, Exec and "Chief of X" are PROBABLY better than assistant chief of flight safety. Show leadership. When you're young put it on your OPR -"Our Best candidate for TPS"... shows you didn't just start thinking about this last year. Non-technical Masters is PROBABLY not helping you dramatically... especially if it is a "Box-filler" school. If it is an MBA from Harvard-sure that helps. Last note: the board, like the school and AFMC, has a higher percentage of fighter dudes then anything else... just like you don't speak fighter, they don't speak heavy. Even within those community, the same terms have different meanings. They don't care that you can do something special in your MWS unless you help paint the picture of it... no one but other E-3 pilots know how hard something is to do in the E-3... There is not a high chance that an E-3 knowledgeable person will be on the board.
  15. "naked security" has too much potential to be used in this manner.