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  1. AFSOC already advertises a self-CSAR capability, but then pencil-whips the actual training needed to conduct the mission well. Everyone just sees it as a series of tactical events our assets already accomplish without training for the bigger picture. Without a doctrinal shift and a large attitude change, the HCs will be doing MC missions within a week of arriving in command, and HH-60s will be helping out the CV-22s from their current crushing ops tempo. More meat for the grinder. And if you want funding in AFSOC you would need to start telling people you do ISR or strike. We put freakin lasers on planes people...not CSAR!
  2. North Korea at it again

    For those who listen to podcasts, I recommend the Arms Control Wonk podcast, by the same folks. http://www.armscontrolwonk.com/ They talk a lot arms proliferation everywhere, not just nK.
  3. AFPC functionals and leadership

    Poor form on the SQ/CC for not standing up for you/providing cover.
  4. Promotion and PRF Information

    I completely agree. There are plenty of guys burned out from flying unit ops and are looking for predictability and to reconnect with family. Every time I had to interact with a TSOC staff there were HPO fliers without any relevant experience to help, and they were making poor decisions on our behalf out of ignorance. It would be nice to see these jobs open up for folks who haven't been designated HPO but would be solid workers for 3-4 years. Again the USAF puts too much emphasis on the job and not performance. From what I've seen in the USMC rating system it looks like they have it figured out. Weighted to prevent overrating everyone, and more emphasis on how well you did the job you were assigned. Then hopefully your have folks gravitate to the jobs they wanted to do without detriment to their career. Then after a few years remove the empty jobs no one wants to do!
  5. Promotion and PRF Information

    Is this something to be angry about? It was already a 90% promote rate, and if you are looking to get a strat you aren't concerned about pinning on, but rather getting a school slot. This doesn't change that. Higher promotion rates are better for everyone. It gives people more flexibility in their careers without getting completely hosed because they didn't follow the expected career path. Sure old crusties get their panties in a wad because "major used to mean something"...but the more off-ramps the USAF removes on the highway to LtCol the more likely the "flying-only" career path is for guys who just want to fly. The checking of boxes for career progression (SOS, Masters, Flt/CC, ADO) is the epitome of kabuki theater, and the easier they make it to get promoted the less box-checking we have to deal with. I for one welcome more FGOs into the court martial duty pool.
  6. The Next President is...

    Hmm...I think I'll poke my head into the politics thread... LMAO that's enough, I'm leaving now.
  7. Vance OG/CC bans alcohol

    Well congrats on looking after your folks. This obviously isn't happening at Vance. Additionally there is only so much "harsh" punishment you can dole out to someone who just self-identified to end their career before it barely started. I agree the optics are bad on this one, but to be honest the exemptions were probably the official events people had already shelled out money to the club for kegs. This paragraph should be framed and put in the "Why other services think the USAF is a joke" museum. My community loves their beer-drinking traditions just as much as the next, but we have a pretty good track record of protecting that privilege by watching out for each other. Having fun and being responsible aren't mutually exclusive.
  8. Vance OG/CC bans alcohol

    In court? LOL. Dude this is the military...it's called an order, and it can be a lot worse, even here stateside. Having seen several of these memos written for similar issues, this one still allows for plenty of leeway, and isn't written to "get people". As long as you aren't sending out the invite via a .mil address, you should be fine. If morale drops it speaks volumes for the CGO mafia there than it does for the leadership. Coordinate house parties and make sure people don't drink and drive. Socialize. Have fun. It's really easy. One day you will look back on these days and wonder why you spent so much time getting your panties in a wad over the most minor of inconveniences. His mission is to produce pilots for the air force, and by the sounds of it people are fucking with the mission. Your mission is to get you and your bros through UPT with a clean record. Do your job.
  9. Vance OG/CC bans alcohol

    Booze ban at work and official events for 3-5 DUIs within two months is pretty tame, but maybe I've spent too much time in Japan/Korea. I'm amused at the outrage. People really love to drink on base.
  10. Aircraft Ramp of the past

    Also the NASA Super Guppy is a modified KC-97 Not necessarily "in service", but you can see the F-86, F-100, HU-16, A-37 (close enough), and Constellation still flying in private hands. Info stolen from another site: This photo appeared in Air Force magazine's Golden Anniversary issue, dated 5/57. Here is the caption: Nearly all the operational aircraft—for combat and support—in the US Air Force are shown in this "family portrait" made at the Air Proving Ground Command, Eglin AFB, Fla. Here's the full list: Sikorsky H-19 helicopter Cessna T-37 jet trainer F-86D Sabre interceptor Lockheed F-94C Starfire jet interceptor Lockheed EC-121 Super Constellation Boeing KC-97 tanker Republic F-84F Thunderstreak jet fighter North American F-86 Sabre jet fighter Convair F-102 Delta Dagger North American F-100 Super Sabre Martin B-57 Canberra Douglas B-66 Destroyer Boeing B-47 Stratojet Boeing KC-135 Stratotanker Boeing B-52 Stratofortress Convair B-36 Peacemaker Douglas C-124 Globemaster II Boeing KB-50 Lockheed C-130 Hercules Grumman SA-16 Albratross Northrup F-89D Scorpion McDonnell RF-101 Voodoo
  11. B-29 "Doc" flies again!

    http://www.b-29doc.com/2016/08/06/status-update-rock-solid-performance-and-planning-for-more-flight-testing/ It’s been three weeks since B-29 Doc flew for the first time after a 16 year restoration project and the Doc restoration crew is working to plan the historic warbird’s second flight. The view of Doc’s first flight from the nose of the airplane. Photo credit: Brett Schauf, Visual Media Group “Over the past few weeks, we’ve been combing through all of the airplane’s systems and control surfaces checking to see how things behaved during first flight,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends restoration project manager. “We’ve also been reviewing gauge readings that were captured by video during flight and so far, everything has been rock-solid.” During first flight, an engine light related to a chip detector that monitors the presence of metal debris in the engine lit up. “The chip detector did its job, but it’s overly sensitive. The new radial engines on Doc take about 50 hours of flight to break in and during that time, you’re going to see tiny particles of metal…it’s just the way it is. The biggest particle we found during our inspection was about one-fourth the size of a pinhead,” Murphy said. Doc has eight chip detectors in all, two on each engine. Murphy says the team is working to upgrade and replace the chip detectors with ones that have new technology that will be able to distinguish between tiny particles of metal, and bigger pieces that would be detrimental to the engines in flight. “The new detectors include sensing screens that operate a lot like bug zappers. They can sense a tiny particle and zap it before it becomes a problem. When that happens, the chip detector light comes on, and then goes right back out, indicating the system took care of the problem. But those detectors are expensive and we likely won’t be getting those for a while.” Murphy says the restoration crew is nearly finished with the post-first flight inspection, and only found a few minor issues that will not delay any further flight testing. One of those minor issues included a slight hum/noise in a headset. “We’ll be working with the flight crew to schedule a second flight in the coming weeks. Depending upon schedules and weather, that second flight could happen before the end of August,” Murphy said. Flight plans and recaps will be announced via Doc’s social media channels and the Doc’s Friends website.
  12. Promotion and PRF Information

    I think the A1 posts it 9 June.
  13. Next Chief of Staff

    Most of us weren't around back then. Good to see you still remember it like it was yesterday.
  14. Promotion and PRF Information

    Some PRF-related wisdom from the inbox You Are Not BTZ.pdf
  15. C-130 down in Afghanistan

    http://www.amc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123472467&source=GovD http://www.amc.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-160415-009.pdf
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