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Everything posted by brabus

  1. That website only shows me leaving AD, but no mention of the periods I've been on orders during my time in the guard so far. So, how do I either make that website reflect correctly, or do I just send AMEX a copy of orders?
  2. Texas Church Shooting

    Glock 43 with a good gun belt and a single mag carrier on the other side...I wear it for hours, in and out of the car, with no real comfort issues. I even forget it's there when driving, sitting at a restaurant, etc. A proper belt/holster set up will take care of the desire to throw your gun in the center console after 15 min. For times I don't have a belt on, a pocket .380 does the trick.
  3. Thunderbird F-16 flips at KDAY

    Trend item: dudes are afraid to divert, go around, or eject. First step is admitting we have a human factors problem...several years ago I randomly had a bro in the backseat during a sortie (he MND'd, decided back seat was better than queep); a standard shitty wx approach to mins with rain/wet runway and extreme canopy pooling - it was his, "we just passed the 5 board" that made me go around. I was fixated on trying to land and time distortion made me feel like we couldn't possibly be more than 1.5K to 2K down the 10K runway. No good divert and the next try he called my flare off the RALT. Only time in my life I was glad to be in a D-model. Point is, canopy pooling is a real bitch and we have a cultural problem to some extent regarding decisions to divert, go around, or eject. Now that I"m more experienced I feel like it's less of an issue personally (but not totally gone), but I see it fairly strong in the younger guys - it's a thing. Monday morning QB'ing is great and all, but it's better to acknowledge this issue and be proactive in teaching the less experienced to understand when to divert, go around, or eject and more importantly, make them truly feel such actions are the right thing and not looked down upon.
  4. To lessen the impact described by crosswind, get out ASAP from AD. That means do not accept another assignment past your UPT ADSC, no matter how awesome it is. Your time to jump is ~11 years, do one more assignment and have 13 years in, you are far less marketable for reasons stated above (not unhirable by any means, just lowe chances/will have a tougher search). And whatever carrot AD waives to get you to do one more assignment is not worth missing out on the guard job you know you want IMO.
  5. Flight Scheduling

    Mat's statement is key: everyone has to drink the koolaid. If that is accomplished, the PEX way works great. I've seen mostly PEX in my career, and when I've gone somewhere where guys were adamantly against PEX, it was clearly because they didn't understand it well enough and were unwilling to go through the learning pains. The end result is no less than 6-9 different excel products (of which not all ever seem to match), commitments and PFAs getting lost (causing scheduling conflicts), etc. Despite computer upgrade pain and the occasional crash, PEX is actually a pretty good system if executed well/correctly. But, puck boards and a GOOD excel product/commitment/currencies tracking system can be decently effective, but will always be monumentally more painful/time consuming for the schedulers. Unless you have civilian schedulers now, then WGAF, make them deal with the pain!
  6. Palace Chase info

    Based on a few anecdotal situations I know of, the 6 month line seems to be a fairly accurate statement for PC of the initial UPT ADSC. If you're asking for 6+ off another ADSC (GIB, PCS, etc.), that seems to be no issue. But, no guarantees either way.
  7. Leave the TX address on your W4. Legal to do so while on MPA. When you come off MPA, you will have to change to LA if you go to an ART job, but can stay TX if you went AGR or other type of AD orders. I wouldn't worry about changing anything over the couple week period you mentioned.
  8. Yes, but it can be unit dependent on whether you get that bonus.
  9. Line Up Cards

    Write the takeoff time and tail number on your hand, problem solved
  10. Palace Chase info

    My experience mirrored kelryn's. Neither recruiter or AFPC has any contact with SAF. They are in the dark as much as you are with "no way" to contact anyone in the PC office at SAF. The only way I had decent SA on my stuff was my CC knew a guy who knew a guy. If you don't have a bro network connection like that, you're pretty much fucked at having any idea when your stuff is going to run through SAF. Great system AF...
  11. Yep, I'm sure that's exactly what it is. Thanks AF.
  12. I've heard the opposite in that IFF is a hollow version of its former self and rarely washes people out (i.e. flicks the booger to FTU). But I heard that from FTU bros, so potentially some bias. Either way it doesn't matter...work hard and don't be a millennial whiner, then you'll be fine.
  13. What would potentially change from my (customer) POV? If the rescue bros will get better support from AFSOC, then do it. I think AFSOCs mindset on some things would benefit them over staying in ACC. But that's just an outsiders perspective, I could be way off.
  14. Compared to 5-6 years ago it is. At least they're doing flow throughs now and have pretty much shit canned slide/scram. But you're right, as in any community, it can depend on the squadron. I still give the hornet guys props for driving the community in the right direction.
  15. In general they've come a long ways in the last 5 years. A lot of the old E6 guys are gone and there's a lot more Hornet influence in the community. The HVAA mindset is nearing death.
  16. Leaving the Air Force for the Airlines

    On one side of the line you have zero to gain (and possibly a lot to lose) from telling your CC any earlier than a week or so before he'll be seeing paperwork pop up for his signature. On the other side of the line, you may screw a bro over if you hold your cards too long. I think it should be fairly evident when you are approaching the line...tell your boss before you cross the line. It's the right thing to do, and in general said line is certainly not multiple years out from separation.
  17. LICW TDY

    What BFM said. I usually don't worry about it. If the differential is substantial, I will call delta and try to get a govt rate that way (50% success rate). The couple times I used CTO was because the differential was more than I was willing to suck up, but again, that has only been a factor a few times out of many TDYs (of which I almost always do LICWO).
  18. Has anyone cracked the code with AMEX on getting SCRA as an ART? Got it AMEX, I'm not AD anymore (thank God), but I still wear a uniform to work every day as a military officer. Nothing has changed as far as they should be concerned...but apparently it's completely different.
  19. LICW TDY

    CTO is not allowed to book leisure travel, so when you do LICWO, you are cleared hot to self procure airfare. However, you will only be reimbursed up to government constructed cost of your TDY trip. So, go on delta.com, purchase whatever you want, upload your delta receipt to DTS, AO approves, finance reimburses up to city pair amount. It really is that easy. I've used CTO for probably 1-2 TDYs out of my last 15, no shit.
  20. Trends in Air to Air Combat

    It's already part of the ARC. Though there is not an entire ARC squadron with their own jets (at least I think the 38s are AD iron), but plenty of ARC guys work in an AD squadron. I agree though, it's a mission that could work well in the ARC, especially for guys who are older, still want to fly something fast, but don't have the desire to keep up with all the requirements demanded by an F-X. Great for a part timer especially.
  21. Very possible you get TS initially and they let it lapse after 5 years. Regardless, the lack of it won't stop you from UPT or I imagine RTU either (based on only a secret required at the ops unit)
  22. No. But you'll need to get the investigation done at some point as TS will likely come up at some point in the near term once you are at your ops squadron...depending on aircraft/mission of course.
  23. Trends in Air to Air Combat

    The only real value of a 2 seat would be if we bought the same aircraft for UPT and ADAIR. It would probably be more than needed for UPT equipment-wise, but at least there'd be a common aircraft for MX, logisitics, etc.
  24. RIP Doc

    Nothing here or elsewhere on the internet will be more than wild speculation; recommend leave it to those other guys and not here. Let's focus on the man and the family he left behind. Nickel on the grass for Doc. If you desire to help, check out the you caring link at the top in HU&W's post.
  25. Finance Problems

    Make Ontario a TDY location in DTS. Example: Home Base = Depart 13 sep TDY Location 1 = Edwards (assuming you fly into Ontario, but go to Edwards that day), arrive 13 sep, depart 19 sep TDY Location 2 = Ontario, arrive 19 Sep, depart 20 Sep (early flight out the 20th). Home Base = Arrive 20 Sep Problem solved since per diem is tied to TDY location. Never had a problem once using this method.