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Everything posted by snoopyeast

  1. That's a weird place for a microphone.
  2. Warning: Nerd level bitching ahead. Discovered after a long deployment and lots of time in front of a govt computer. Go to the USAF bios https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/ Scroll down and click on a random letter in the last name search. Look for bios with an old-ish looking picture and pilot wings. Then check out the total hours and what that person did. Then look for some more recent bios and note the drastic difference.
  3. " We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won't allow them to write "f*ck" on their airplanes because it's obscene! "
  4. Putin with probably the most accurate Afghanistan quote in recent times. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46630723 On Wednesday, Mr Trump announced that he would withdraw US troops from Syria, saying Islamic State forces had been defeated there. Mr Putin cautiously welcomed the move, but questioned whether it would actually happen. "We don't see signs of a pullout," he said, adding that the US "has been in Afghanistan 17 years, and they always say they're withdrawing".
  5. Mattis retiring in February. 2019 should be interesting.
  6. A pilot mentioned to the SQ/CC during a mentoring secession about an upcoming wing staff job that he wasn't sure what his 5 year AF plan was. No kidding 2 days later, that guy had a 6 month non-flying assignment dropped on him, and no wing job following. You had better bet that every pilot in the wing, from the newest Lt to crusty Major know about that one.
  7. You're absolutely correct. That's why this situation is amusing. A bunch of high ranking officers saying "my hands are tied" for problems created by the organization they are leaders in. It's better to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. Bunch of smart people we have running the joint.
  8. The part that boggles my mind isn't about that they don't care about me or pilots, it's that they don't recognize the benefits of experienced people across AFSCs. Experience saves time, money, broken stuff, lives, increases efficiency, productivity, less people to train, etc. All of that stuff makes peoples jobs easier, and the metrics better (since that's what they care about anyways). A pilot with 10 years experience is invaluable. A NCO who does more than sit behind a desk and is an expert in their field is invaluable. We are missing a lot of technical experts across the board. How many times do we go around base only to encounter the airman who has no clue what they're doing? It's not the fault of that 20 year old. It's the fault of the NCO hiding behind the computer monitor behind them on facebook. It's a failure of the officers who care more about the promotion factory and how they can one day be the foreman. I truly believe that the current culture of the af is primarily about getting people to get that sweet 20 year pension and free healthcare than being an efficient military force. For all the value that the af places on education, and sending people to get advanced degrees, PME and the like, we have of a lot of people who are quite naive.
  9. Was at a legacy airline flight training center earlier this year. EVERY current and retired pilot there was excited to have us and all exclaimed that they need good pilots; hurry up, get out of the AF and apply. We need you. On the flip side, exactly ZERO squadron, group, wing commander in the last year or two has asked what they could do get experienced pilots to stay. None has stated that they need good pilots. You'd think that someone at a local level would make at least a half assed effort to see what they can do to get guys to stay. It's been very clear that the AF organization does not value people who know what they're doing. At squadron and wing levels, sure. At the end of the day, as long as the billets are filled, the machine continues to function. Good enough, as long as the quarterly awards are turned in on time.
  10. Young guys take note. Set yourself up early to be financially independent of the military retirement. Read up on investing during deployments, spend/save/invest your money wisely, and make yourself marketable to the outside world. You will have much less stress when the time comes to decide to stay or punch from the AF.
  11. In a gesture of goodwill, Southwest named a row of seats after her.
  12. Bad words are definitely worse than flattening a village with high explosives. Before someone gets offended, this isn't a jab at the bomber guys.
  13. The guys that come to work for 4 hours a day and are pretty useless get paid the same as those who spend 10 hours a day at work embracing the queep monster. If you are between the 5 year and 18 year mark, have wings, a pulse and don't stab someone, you will make it to 20 years in the current air force.
  14. This is a ploy somehow for the AF to get more money for something. Present a self induced crisis to Congress and say the solution is more funding.
  15. https://media.defense.gov/2018/Nov/09/2002061699/-1/-1/0/180502-AMC-MUĂ‘IZ AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, PUERTO RICO-WC-C130H-AIB-NARRATIVE REPORT.PDF
  16. Be sure to watch Deutschland 83 first.
  17. OK, not everyone's a booger eater.
  18. The AF has figured out that is doesn't have to be good, just good enough. The quality of people doesn't matter as long as there is someone to fill a billet. They don't care about retention, because it doesn't matter to them as it can't be measured at a personnel management level. As long as there are guys still in their 10 year ADSC window, the flying billets are filled, regardless of skill level. Bonuses for anyone and anything beyond that is for guys to fill staff billets. They aren't paying for pilot skills, they're paying to keep the booger eaters in to keep the bureaucracy running.
  19. The other patches are all up exec-ing at the group and wing. I've been TDY to three wings this year and all of them had a patch as the wing exec.
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