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  1. Is it ok - technically no. You'll find that there's more camaraderie between the Os and Es on multi-crew aircraft that leads to conditions where military decorum is less formal. If it's objectively bad or it's really an issue for you, I'd suggest talking to one of the senior Es or 1st Sgt about it. You can also reach out to your Flt/CC or ADO if prefer to stay on the officer side. Present real evidence that highlights a broader issue rather solely calling out someone. You'd rather not come off as the FNG that is mad about not getting saluted by everyone he outranks. If it's that the squadron
  2. I think that's an important difference. Saying that you put out a bid/competition to a pool of companies that potentially included Pfizer is very different than saying that Pfizer had taken on contractual obligations to develop a vaccine on America's behalf. I believe they saw the undertaking as a future golden cash cow and didn't want any control of their IP or parents tied to US oversight.
  3. Seems like something has got you riled up. You can find slackers and ROAD (retired on active duty) types of every political ideology, so I don’t see where you’re going in your rant about liberals and racism. Thanks for your service, glad you have other things to worry about now
  4. Wow! Quite possibly single engine or just a pretty hard landing. No props on #3 or #4 and #1 is pretty mangled. Refueling pod ripped off the left side. Talk about an F’d up situation. Hell of a good job safely putting her down in a field and bringing everyone back alive!
  5. I think CG was just referring to UPT familiarization. Proficiency would be a very tough ask from a UPT syllabus, especially considering the different 3-1/3-3 TTPs for yet-to-be assigned MDSs. I agree that a more focused look at tactical event execution that incorporates energy management, positional SA, and those go/no-go checkpoints during execution will better prepare studs for what the FTUs will expect from them. After sitting in on Gen Holmes' last road show about UPT (PTN, 2.5, or whatever we're on now), it sounds like there are lot of unconventional approaches and just general expe
  6. I thinks that’s a valid theory given so many unknowns about how symptoms manifest and the true transmissibility of the virus. That would definitely push down the mortality rate in the US (and potentially abroad), and I’m all for it, but that doesn’t change the fact that we’ve poorly combatted the realities of this pandemic. Our confirmed infected and confirmed death numbers would still be disproportionately high relative to the rest of the world, and that’s what the concern is about A source would be nice... jk!
  7. I get it that we don't know with 100% certainty how other countries report their metrics, but with that line of reasoning how can you even trust the numbers that we report. It would be advantageous to under-report to reduce constrictive measures, so does the US just not get how to accurately attribute mortality to its real cause? The US accounts for 24% of infections and 22% of deaths with only 4% of the world's population. We're not the only nation that has significant amounts of tourism, business travel, or transient citizens. Hindsight is 20/20, but this isn't a situation where we're surpr
  8. I agree that context matters and made a very similar point a few posts earlier. To my knowledge, no one wants to “cancel” Washington or rename things that are named in his honor. Most of the founding fathers were either slave owners themselves or were supportive of the institution. It was unfortunately the economic system of the time. However, they didn’t found the nation on the principles that we must continue to uphold the inequities and inhumanity of slavery. On the other hand, that is exactly what the Confederacy fought for as they opposed any change to the economic systems of the South th
  9. I agree that some people don’t know what they’re doing out there as they’re defacing and tearing down some of these statues, and that’s a problem. But the vast majority of protesters aren’t rioters, or looters, or tearing down statues. What difference does timing make when they bring up relevant issues that they want their civic leaders to address? There will always be a vocal minority in every movement that tries to hijack the narrative for their own good or exploits the situation to do things that aren’t representative of the greater ideology. Our history isn’t going anywhere. We’re still
  10. I think I get where you’re going, but I respectfully disagree with your notion that cancel culture leads to destruction of monuments, art, flags, etc. I can’t fundamentally get behind the idea that a group’s ethical or moral dissent equates to a harmful anti-cultural or ethnic cleansing movement. Cancel culture isn’t Nazi Germany. Cancel culture isn’t the Rwandan Genocide. Cancel culture isn’t The Crusades. Cancel culture is probably an overly misused, faddish approach to raising public awareness to highlight a topic. I know you’re probably not saying what’s going on now is going to result i
  11. Yeah, I can see how what I wrote could look like an attack - not my intention. I was trying to address the ideas that freedom of speech is unique to the US and that his freedom to express his viewpoint is only possible because he’s in the US. Like the US, most democratic nations legally protect freedom of speech. I hate to cite Wikipedia, but it’s the most succinct list I could quickly find addressing the topic (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_of_speech_by_country). The big difference we see is the degree to which these countries espouse the value of freedom of speech at their foundi
  12. Completely inaccurate... What’s your point? He shouldn’t be able to share his viewpoint? Or that he should feel humbled by these freedoms to turn a blind eye to something he doesn’t agree with? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 2008, huh? Seems like veiled language for something else, but regardless, Americans have been dealing with matters of race for 400+ years and it only becomes political when people become uncomfortable talking about it or somehow when it involves discussions about equality and humanity. For something that you describe as an immutable characteristic (race, sexual orientation, heritage...) why is it controversial to acknowledge and discuss salient issues that involve them if they pertain to leadership?
  14. Since when did topics of race and leadership become political? He seems to be challenging a thought process that downplays the experiences of a large subset of our force. You may not agree with what he’s saying, it’s obviously an opinion post, but he seems to frame his argument in way to drive self-reflection from leaders at all levels on how they connect with and treat their people.
  15. That increased automation results in poorer stick and rudder skills. You won't hear me say that JMATS is doing that great of job, but I'd also be hard-pressed to say that automation is the primary cause of said issues. If you're gonna be aggressive and fly the plane near the limits you put yourself that much closer to overspeeding something, now you have a computer that's going to record that 1kt overspeed whereas you probably would have gone on with your day with no worries.
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