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FourFans130 last won the day on June 28

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  1. G550 to replace Compass Call

    and a good ride for anyone who only wants female offspring
  2. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Not if you ask 603rd or the CAOC's AMD judging by the number of times I heard: "We've got the waiver already approved for you..." when I never asked for it. I can see both sides of this argument, but I don't understand why they picked this particular target right now. Like putting a JDAM on the outhouse of a SAM site. Maybe it's been on the chopping block for a while, but as a priority seems right up there with rolling up sleeves.
  3. AF Light Air Support Aircraft

    Have you seen ops in Africa? What you're referring to is how we used to roll...specifically in A-stan and in hi-vis theaters. That's not how we roll in conflicts that the US media doesn't see or care about. If it makes it to CNN, there will be an F-16, F-22, or F-35 (heaven help us) dropping ordinance. Iraq, Syria, and A-stan are catalysts, not the intended theaters. At least that's how I hope the LAAR concept is being developed. Ok...so it's all REALLY a program to get rid of the A-10, but hopefully there is also a sincere purpose and mission for the airframe we're pursuing. ...or perhaps I'm just an idealist who refuses to quit...
  4. Yeah, it's in the retire-and-go-fly-for-the-airlines memo right under to the it's-unwise-to-stay-in-AD-past-20 paragraph. The USAF doesn't care about O-5's as pilots. If they did, they'd care about getting pilots to make O-5. There is non-committed/previously expired bonus eligible text in the PSDM. But if a qualified pilot is past 20 and has no ADSC, I would seriously question their sanity for taking a bonus and staying instead of getting out.
  5. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    There is nothing good about an FEB. I've been party to a couple. There has to be a whole lot of documentation, wrecked career(s), maybe a wrecked airplane, and a lot of painful waiting (months, if not years) while squadron mates stew in speculation and sideline quarterbacking. While FEBs do expose a lot of ground truth, they also open the door for a lot of opinion, personal and professional bias, hearsay, and straight up misinformation to enter in to the "judgment" process. Often the FEB is the second or third major investigative event in a string that can politely be described as 'forcible body cavity examinations' for the crew member(s) involved. One of the FEBs I saw was completely overturned by the convening official because the panel's judgments missed the mark so badly. Just another perspective. FF
  6. Any words on the cost of the 3.5 motors plus install? It could majorly improve capability across the force if it's cost effective. Those performance numbers sound similar to the J. I'd be curious to see the TOLD numbers. Using line crews as test pilots. I cringed at that. Especially after the recent Marine KC-130 crash. Fly safe fellas. FF
  7. U-28 guys get kinda touchy about their weight.
  8. Promotion and PRF Information

    I wonder how deep Big Blue is going to bury the data about the number of pilots turning down continuation. That'd be a great slide for the AMC/A1 road show.
  9. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Just saw that too. Looks like a significant step in the right direction.
  10. Promotion and PRF Information

    I'm beginning to believe there's some ground truth in that statement. Big MAF has been non-promoting and downplaying the C-130 community for a decade now, and it's showing. I personally think this is an outflow of some sincere C-130 hate that developed in SWA. I wish this was hearsay, but got to see it first hand more than once: senior C-17 guys who fostered a deep and seething hatred at the idea that a C-130 might perform better at something than a C-17 (specifically airdrop and LZ efficiency in those conversations). I love the C-17, and I think we need more of them, but C-130's are better at tacair because that's what they were built for. Big Blue doesn't agree with that idea. I didn't believe that sibling rivalry could actually impact this high in the scheme of maneuver, but I'm beginning to think otherwise. Sorry to hear that the C-130 community is in such a state that dudes are not wanting to promote to O-4. That says a lot. Duck, good luck and I'm glad to hear you were able to get what you wanted. 16 months and counting... FF
  11. Promotion and PRF Information

    I'm neither (10 minutes of searching would have helped you there...), but please allow me to clarify: I mean millennial in only the most derogatory, degrading, and hurtful possible sense. Much as I would use the term "gay" while having absolutely no reference to sexual orientation or lifestyle. Here I mean "millennial" to reference the 5-year-old minded 28-year-old who points out injustices that are, in fact, wholly just, but that leave said millennial getting an outcome they don't like. The "millennial" response being to whine and complain instead of seeking a rational, effective, and practical solution. These "millennials" want the world perfectly presented on a silver platter, in a safe space free of insult or discomfort, at a time that perfectly suits their whimsically felt 'need' at that specific moment. To be honest, I know a lot of people that fall in that associated generation who are in no way shape or form "millennial." I've worked 6 month deployments with them. I've flow combat missions with them. They are what I profess to be: professionals focused on the employment of combat airpower. Look at any generation and you will find that the true military professionals have a hard time wholly identifying themselves with the Gen-Xers, millennials, hippies, grudge rockers, oregon trailers (my year group), or whatever other subculture/sociological term might be blanket applied to that year group. That's because we have a culture rooted in who we presently are, not an identity externally stamped by sociological academia. You sound like a whiny child instead of an airpower professional. Improve yourself. Find and present a plausible solution through reasoned and constructed argument so we can discuss it instead of just bitching how some non-specific people group wronged the world and it hurts.
  12. Promotion and PRF Information

    Your millennial is showing. Next you'll be aiming us at a civilian organization to help us become a better employer of today's youth. Warfighting is a profession unlike any other, hence civilian organizations look and are led differently. Leaders who can't lead individuals in combat, shouldn't lead the military organizationally. Of course there are always exceptions, and you appear to be building your case entirely based on those exceptions. Edit: Ok. Having found some more time for a reply, you need to re-visit your TL, DR post. Not a single one of those arguments points to pilots being the problem. In my tenure in the air force, I have seen lots of queep get put into place, almost every bit of which was started by a "support requirement" and not from a pilot leader. You want to know what's wrong with the Air Force? Look at the MXG and MSG. In my time, they went from being pilot led to being support Colonel led, ever since we've taken a massive slide since then. Not placing cause, simply noticing outcome. There is no such thing as a single root cause to a morale collapse. The heart of your complaint is not pilots but mission focus. I would argue that is an outcome of having LESS operators (pilots or not) in charge. The worst command decisions I've witnessed came from MXG and MSG...but those were individual, and I forgot you're not concerned with them. Carry on in your ignorant bliss and enjoy your right to whine.
  13. Service bias bleeding through during Cotton's second career. Non-flying army officers in general do not like USAF pilots. Too much hair product perhaps...or perhaps it has to do with life outlook and freedom. Pilots have the airlines to look forward to (I cringe at typing that...I will deeply miss tactical flying), while ground dwelling Army officers get to look forward to being a civilian in the Army staff they just left. Working with the Army has taught me that they embrace the service first mentality at an epic level. Asking for more money would be hypocrisy to them. Sent from my iPad using Baseops Network Forums
  14. Stars In my Eyes Pilot Candidate Set me straight.

    Go read the books "Boyd" and "Flying Through Midnight." Kick butt at UPT and go do things you never could anywhere else. The greatest regrets are the lions we didn't chase and the mountains we didn't climb. Ignore those who want to be someone, and go do something big. When you're in the jet, being a USAF pilot is the most challenging and rewarding job on the planet.
  15. I really hope that the leadership knows this won't work. I am watching entire year groups punch out . At one base, in one squadron alone, I've heard that 9 of 12 bonus eligibles are separating after their 10 year ADSC...all instructors if the rumor mill is accurate.