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  1. PME and Career advice

    Looking for info on the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) IDE program at Ft Benning, GA. I am currently slated to go to ACSC this summer with a 1 year follow on to teach ACSC or SOS (AU Fellowship). I was offered this WHINSEC program today which would be going to Monterey for 6 months to learn Spanish and then attend the IDE program at WHINSEC the next year. From what I can tell, the course is very similar to Army Command and General Staff Course, only taught in Spanish. Not sure if this is a good deal or not. All help and info is much appreciated.
  2. Promotion and PRF Information

    For the Majors board, what % of people get strats in the push line? Is it a standard number or does it vary by Senior Rater? If you don't get a strat, are your chances of school select slim to none? Thanks
  3. TDY - Golf Club on flight?

    I've checked my golf clubs on a couple TDYs with no problem. Alaska Airlines allows 5 bags with no overweight bag fee for military on orders (most airlines have similar policies). For golf on Oahu, highly recommend Ko Olina, Koolau, and Kapolei Golf Clubs. All are sweet courses that give military the kama'aina rates- for Ko Olina the tourist rate is $199 and the kama'aina rate is $85. Pretty awesome.
  4. Last Beer You Drank and Rate It

    Founders Centennial is easily my favorite IPA. Will have to try the porter when I make it back to the Midwest.
  5. Military retirement under attack

    New article by Tony regarding the new budget deal. http://www.jqpublic-blog.com/?p=569#more-569 Has a link to the MOAA website to email President Obama and your state Senators with a canned letter. Takes about a minute. http://capwiz.com/moaa/issues/alert/?alertid=63028561&PROCESS=Take+Action
  6. What has 'improved' in the AF?

    Things that have made my life easier since I've been in (2005). -logging in with my CAC instead of some ridiculous 15 digit password that needed to be changed every 6 months -tying my CAC to AF portal, vMPF, myPay, ADLS, and so on instead of passwords for each one with ridiculous requirements -AFnet migration from about a year ago that allows me to check my email on any AF computer w/o webmail and gives access to my share drives -Sharepoint As far as any improvements directly related to Gen Welsh, the only one is no Blues Monday. After meeting him and hearing him speak, I do still have hope that he will make some improvements. I personally think all of his time has been consumed by dealing with Sequestration, budget issues, govt shutdown, and congress over sexual assault that he has not had time to deal with other stuff.
  7. Is the KC-10 going to be cut?

    I don't think they are proposing that move because it makes sense but to replace the iron and bodies so the NJ congressmen will go along with the plan.
  8. Aviator's Joke of the Day

    Back from when KC-135s had navs. What's the typical front end crew complement of a -135? One dude that washed out of pilot training and two that should've.
  9. Mountain Hardware also does a pro deal for military through their website. 50% off all their stuff. http://www.mountainhardwear.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-MountainHardwear_US-Site/default/ProPurchase-Signup North Face does a promotive pro deal that is around 50% for most things if they are in stock. http://thenorthface.promotive.com/ Marmot's pro deal is through promotive but you don't automatically get it if your team is US Air Force. You need to apply through Marmot's pro deal website and once approved you can then use your normal login for promotive and access Marmot's deals. http://www.promotive.com/ http://marmotpro.com/user/register Mammut does not have a pro deal website but if you email them, they will send you an Excel spreadsheet with all of their stuff and the pro deal prices and then you order through email.
  10. Merrell is offering an extra 20% off their pro deal prices plus free shipping for military/vets through Nov 18. Code Veteransday20 at checkout.
  11. Investment showdown -- beyond the Roth, SDP, & TSP

    Actually working with Jeff Palmer from NBoKC on this already. Have done two refinances with them on our rental property. Ended up getting money back at closing on both refis. Great people, highly recommend.
  12. Investment showdown -- beyond the Roth, SDP, & TSP

    Looking for some advice. We are stationed at Elmo renting a house with about 14 months on our DEROS. We currently own a house at a prior base that we are renting out, max both of our Roths, and max the TSP. We are looking at buying a house as our primary residence for the next 12-14 months and then keeping it as an investment property. The city of Anchorage just released a housing market analysis that predicts an increased demand for housing in the next 20 years. The rental market is ridiculous here, houses usually get rented within a day or two, sometimes hours, of being on the market. We could easily get a house that would rent for $3-400 over our mortgage. One downside is that we would be using the VA loan for a second time so it comes with a funding fee of 3.3%. That would be an additional ~$10K rolled into the loan. My thinking is that we would make that back within a year or two considering the extra money above the mortgage and principal paid. Also, we would then be maxed out on our VA eligibility so any future purchases would require a down payment (not necessarily a bad thing). Am I missing anything that should influence my decision? Do you guys think this is a good or bad idea? All advice/opinions are appreciated. Thanks.
  13. Was the LOE/AF77 replaced?

    Does anybody have a good link to download lotus forms for Mac? Tried one after googling and didn't turn out so well, thanks.
  14. I looked through the JFTR but I don't think this is covered in there. I just PCSd to Elmendorf and am waiting to move into my house on June 1. For an OCONUS move, I'm authorized 60 days of TLA. I stayed on base for the first 30 days in a pet TLF and then was booted out of the pet tlf since lodging will only let you reserve a room for 30 days. Luckily I was given a non-A letter since summer hotel rates in Anchorage are around $180 but the non-A letter specifies that it's only for 7 nights. I know for TDYs that you only have to be given a non-A once and it is good for the entire TDY. I could not find that statement relating to a PCS or TLA. Does anybody know if my non-A is good for the rest of my TLA or if I have to check back with lodging next week and hope they are booked full again? Thanks.
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