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  1. SGT Bowe Bergdahl Freed

    I was on the "wtf how'd he get off with no jailtime for deserting?" bandwagon until I went and talked to my SERE instructor in the vault. Big surprise, there's a lot that isn't getting reported beyond the open-source "he gave us good SERE intel." Given all the new information, I'm not as irked about his sentence anymore.
  2. More SARC briefings soon.

    I hear a lot of complaints about our "war fighting capability," but let's be honest here--a tranny can make a powerpoint slide just as good as a straight dude. More importantly... can I now get out early if I identify as a woman??? Cha-CHING!
  3. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Man it's easy to bitch about gates being closed, but goddamn, Knight said it in a way that makes me feel okay about it. Now if only Beale could fix that fvcking bridge...
  4. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    So that's happening now? I remember when we had the DADT repeal training back in '12, and the general consensus amongst everyone was that no one (at least at the bar afterward) cared if people served openly gay. But if I remember correctly, it was mainly about the admin kind of stuff. Like "Before, you could face punishment for being gay. Now you can't." Is that what this is now? Like "Before, you couldn't enlist/commission if you identified as trans. Now you can." Or is it something else?
  5. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Azimuth... Damn dude, that's a whack story. But seriously, I hope you posting all this in public forums doesn't come back to bite you in the ass. I saw you dropped ranks and names in that reddit post... I too like to live a risky lifestyle, but whew... I hope no one comes running back at you with a defamation or libel lawsuit or anything else that would make your life miserable! Thanks for your service, thanks for sharing your story and being so candid about getting boned by the AF, and I hope whatever new career you have treats you better! Stay thirsty my friend.
  6. Personality Type - MBTI among Rated Officers

    Are you baseopsing from your blender in the kitchen? What a world we live in!
  7. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    We're not danging you for your medical sob story, we're criticizing you for being rude to an old man who, from the sound of it, just wanted to thank you for your service, or maybe talk about what you do because he once served too. Now the old man probably thinks the rest of us young ins are a bunch of selfish pricks thanks to you. When you're in uniform, you represent more than just yourself, whether you want to or not--other people aren't as enlightened as you, hatedont. Its always smart to tell people you at least appreciate them thanking you for your service. Couldn't you spare a few seconds for your elder to say that? Kind of a dick move, dude. I'd say your actions represent what's wrong with America in general, more than what wrong with the Air Force.
  8. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Brutal. Get him again.
  9. Goldfein advocating FAA 1500 hour rule change???

    And that bank vacuum tube train thingy that Elon mentioned once that for some reason people took seriously.
  10. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Whelp, I stand corrected on that one. Back to what's RIGHT with the Air Force, a few bros in my Squadron put together a "condensed" powerpoint that covered a bunch of the annual/semi-annual/deployment CBTs, sent it out in an email with a request that we simply email them confirming we reviewed the slideshow, and then they could log it in ADLS for us, thus saving us the trouble of doing said CBTs. I'm not too sure about the finer details, or how it turned out, but I wasn't about to not participate. My knowledge on the CBT subjects still remains the same.
  11. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Perhaps we can have this pilotless discussion when they have driverless trucks cruising down the highway. Let's start with that before we move on to Airliners. The technology exists, obviously, to remove drivers and pilots. But it's gonna take a generation for the public to be okay with driverless trucks and for the guvment to figure out how to regulate it. It'll take even longer for airplanes to go that way, and it has nothing to do with technology. It has to do with public perception and regulation, which I think will take a full three or four decades. And also how strong the pilot union is.
  12. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Wasn't there another thread discussing the whole remotely piloted airline thing? I think the end result was this: - the airplane still needs life support so the drastic savings we see in AF drones wouldn't happen - it'll be more like "the pilot is the flight attendant" or vice versa - any airline who keeps pilots has a great marketing point and will drive the other pilotless airlines out of business ("Come fly Delta! We actually have pilots so you won't crash and die in a fireball!") - it's obviously gonna happen at some point in the future, but I'm going to be walking with a cane by the time it does
  13. What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Here's my take on what's wrong with the Air Force. It isn't specifically the situations below (well, maybe the one about leave) but it's the Air Force's mentality/strategy that leads to the situations below. DTS and LeaveWeb, by default, don't work on Air Force computers. The official way to conduct business is technically impossible without hacking your Air Force computer. AMC recently mandated that all assets carry a gun on non-Combat missions (feel free to correct me here--I've been out of AMC for almost two years now and I've drank a lot since then). But some assets, such as the KC-10, don't have a lock box onboard. That forces aircrew to "break the law" and either leave the gun in the KC-10's super secret compartment (it's not secret nor is it locked) or bring it to the hotel room. Essentially, AMC's order is forcing aircrew into a situation where they have to violate the very same order. Absurd "cover your ass" policies. I returned from a KC-10 deployment on Dec 24th, and was denied leave because we couldn't have more than 10% of any one crew position on leave at the same time, and there were presidential alert lines (they were all scheduled and filled). Why was I denied leave? "Just in case." <-- no shit quote from my DO. So I was on my post-deployment crew rest, untouchable and timed out, yet I had to sit at home just in case I had to fly a nonexistent mission which I would've been ineligible to fly. The good idea fairy leads to more CBTs, and the more CBTs we have, the less they mean. The best pilots in the eyes of the Air Force are rarely the best pilots when it comes to the aircraft and mission. To me (and I suspect most people on this forum) the reward structure isn't about getting promoted, it's about avoiding non-vols to RPAs. And the fast-burning, holiday-party-planning, spouse-of-the-month, powerpoint-warrior pilots are the favorites in the eyes of the Air Force, and as such are insulated from RPA threats, yet that typically has nothing to do with the Air Force's core mission of blowing shit up and killing bad guys. See the general trend? The Air Force says, "You have to do this, but we're going to make it impossible to do it." We're going to blow shit up and kill bad guys, but we're going to make it impossible to do it. We're going to win the war against ISIS, but we're going to make it impossible to do it. We're going to have the most lethal aircrew on the planet, but we're going to make it impossible to do it. It's a modern Catch-22. Anyone who hasn't read the book needs to, because the insanity that happens in that fictional squadron is still happening today. And that's why, I suspect, everyone is leaving, and it doesn't have to do with the money. It's the ass-backwards philosophy the Air Force has adopted, where nothing makes sense and contradictions abound (like listed above), and I'm just kind of tired of working for a company that does this to its people. And also the airlines don't have non-vols to Creech, I can live where I want, no deployments, I get paid three times as much, no PT tests, and a whole lot less BS.
  14. U-2 Crash

    AIB came out today. https://www.scribd.com/document/345659642/Accident-Investigation-Report-for-Sept-2016-crash-of-TU-2S#from_embed I think the important thing to remember is that, although there are a lot of unknowns given the nature of the situation, if Shooter decided it was time to get out, it was time to get out--and ejecting from an aircraft with wings like the deuce, especially in that regime of flight, isn't exactly something that's been tested. Executive Summary: On 20 September 2016 at 0908 local (L) time, a two-seat TU-2S crashed 18 nautical miles west of Beale Air Force Base (AFB), California (CA). Mishap Instructor Pilot (MIP) and Mishap Pilot (MP) egressed the Mishap Aircraft (MA) at approximately 8,500 feet mean sea level. MIP did not survive ejection, and MP sustained non-life threatening injuries. MA, tail number 80-001068, was assigned to the 1st Reconnaissance Squadron, 9th Reconnaissance Wing (9 RW), Beale AFB, CA. MA impacted private property 5 miles northwest of Sutter, CA, resulting in a grass fire that burned most of a 262 acre pasture. MA was completely destroyed. There were no injuries on the ground. The mishap occurred during the first of three Acceptance Flight (AF) mission profiles for the MP. AF missions are for the screening of prospective U-2 pilots. MA launched at 0855L, with MIP executing the takeoff and transferring aircraft control to the MP en route to the maneuver area, 15-20 nautical miles west of Beale AFB. On the recovery from a third no-flap “approach to stall” maneuver, MA entered a full aerodynamic secondary stall with the left wing sharply dropping 70-80 degrees and the nose falling 35-40 degrees below the horizon. It could not be determined what actions MIP took to recover MA. However, with MA rapidly approaching the minimum uncontrolled ejection altitude, MIP commanded ejection. Immediately after ejection and while still seated in the ejection seat, MIP and his seat impacted the last 5 feet of MA’s right wing, fatally wounding the MIP. MIP’s parachute automatically deployed, with MIP landing within a quarter mile of MP, just over one mile from the MA wreckage. MP received minor facial burns from MIP’s ejection seat rocket motor and injuries to his left ankle during the parachute landing. Beale AFB first responders arrived at the crash site at 0959L. Local civilian first responders were already on scene fighting the grass fire. MIP and MP were located before 1000L by a 9 RW T-38/A and a civilian helicopter. MP was evacuated by civilian helicopter, arriving at a civilian hospital at 1228L. MIP was recovered and transported by the Sutter County Coroner. The Accident Investigation Board President found by a preponderance of evidence that the cause of the mishap was the MP’s flight control inputs during the recovery phase of a no-flap “approach to stall” maneuver that led MA into an unintentional secondary stall and uncommanded sharp left wing drop, with 70-80 degrees of bank and the nose 35-40 degrees below the horizon. As MA approached the minimum uncontrolled ejection altitude, MIP commanded ejection. During the subsequent ejection, MIP and his seat struck the MA’s right wing, resulting in fatal injuries.
  15. Goldfein advocating FAA 1500 hour rule change???

    Legit question: for those who are stop lossed, I understand that there might be a $500/month bonus as mentioned above, but do you suppose there would be other limitations/bonuses? Things like: - Primary duties only (Just flying the line) - Deployment limitations (not eligible for things like random non-flying deployments such as a 180-day ATC Liaison in Baghad) - Admin changes (PT tests, purple circle, etc...) Because I certainly wouldn't mind if being stop lossed meant you became sort of like that "career pilot" that the Brits have and the Army has as Warrant Officers. I mean, really, that's the only solution I see to the pilot shortage is to gain a separate track for pilots who just wanna fly and pilots who wanna get a star. What if the AF made that career track but buttoned it up in a cheap tuxedo called stoploss? Let's be honest... a dude in the training shop/stan eval/scheduling/anywhere who is stop lossed isn't going to do shit. So then the bulk of the queepy workload would fall to everyone who isn't stop lossed, thus shifting the flying to those who are. Which would, of course, exacerbate the problem, but that's a problem for the next staff to deal with. So what if they decide to implement stop loss, but essentially wrote it in so that whoever is stop lossed now becomes a "career pilot" for the duration of their nonvol service? What would be awesome is if the AF offered, instead of a 9-year $130k bonus to 10-year pilots, a 9-year career pilot track.* I think they'd see a lot more signing up for that. *subject to change at any moment.