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  1. Quick shoutout for Trident Home Loans. I recently worked with Jon, Bri, and Lisa and they did a great job getting us a low rate and expediting our contract closing ten days ahead of schedule. All of our inquiries were answered in a timely manner and I would definitely use them again!
  2. Could be. My information is based on what the functional said to me over the phone and experiences of some of my squadron members.
  3. PM Sent- what was relayed to me from the AETC functional; CONUS PIT TDY’s can expect out-and-backs for the foreseeable future due to the possible start date changes. My class and a friends class start date rolled two months from the original RIP date.
  4. G550 has been greenlighted with two airplanes already ordered to replace the EC. The plan is to continue acquiring one airframe per year as we slowly replace and retire the EC-130H. The timeline is still fluid but there is no longer a hold on the contract.
  5. See post on Page 2, information is relatively the same. Feel free to send me a PM if you have additional questions.
  6. Does anybody have any SA on the base housing wait list for 4 bedroom CGO/FGO permanent party? Housing Office won’t give us any information without orders in hand. Thanks for the replies!
  7. So our functional just sent this as an option for our Summer white jet bill. This is the first one I have seen drop to our community in the six years I have been on station. I have heard of IP’s going there in the past but am having a hell of a time finding someone that has been stationed there in the last three years.
  8. Thread Revival: Any recent quality of life gouge for the T-6 IP gig at Whiting as an Air Force guy? Thanks for the replies!
  9. I am local at KDMA and word from our RA is that Mardon is under investigation by the IRS. We were advised to pick up any uniform items we have with them and use other establishments UFN.
  10. EC-130H Compass Call 1. Ops Tempo / Deployment As a newly checked out copilot, you can expect to fly or sim twice a week. You will rarely be the only copilot on the sortie but scheduling does a good job balancing out who flies what (mission, proficiency or aerial refueling sorties). When you fly, you can expect a 10 hour day from showtime to debrief. On your non-flying days, you will be stuck in the office doing your day job. TDY’s are pretty rare but you will generally fly a tailswap and one large force exercise (Red Flag / WIC Spt) within your first year. We currently deploy to two overseas locations in support of both OIR and OFS. Deployments have drastically slowed down for copilots and you can expect one four month deployment for every 12-16 months. 2. Lifestyle / Family Stability Overall the community is pretty stable. The 55th ECG is the only unit that operates the EC-130H so it is not unheard of for guys to stay at DM for 7 years bouncing between squadrons. The Group is good about taking care of its own but will take out the trash if you make a name for yourself. Tucson is a nice area if you enjoy the outdoor lifestyle and is very gun friendly. The deployment and TDY schedule allow for a generous amount of family time when compared to other airframes. 3. Community Morale Community morale has been pretty good for the last 4 ½ years. The biggest gripe I hear from new copilots is the waitlist to get on the deployment schedule. Flying the Herk is relatively easy, but flying it well can be difficult at times. Unlike our slick brethren, we only complete the non-tactical portions of the syllabus at Little Rock so we are not qualified on low-levels, airdrop, airland, or NVG operations. After completing initial training at the Rock, you will get spun-up on mission and aerial refueling procedures when you arrive at Davis-Monthan. Though the flying can be monotonous at times, the downrange mission is very rewarding and you do get the opportunity fly some interesting exercises. 4. Advancements and Future The future of the community is looking relatively secure. There were rumors of losing half the fleet (seven aircraft) but it never came to fruition. We are continually upgrading our mission system to keep us relevant against new emerging threats. Half of the fleet is also receiving an avionics upgrade that is essentially replacing our legacy instruments with glass displays. Though we have not identified a formal replacement, there has been talk of a possible G550 (EC-37) as a likely contender. As stated previously, the community does a pretty good-job taking care of its own if you do not negatively self-identify. For pilots, it is generally difficult to receive a follow-on MWS assignment. Evaluator/Instructor types leaving the squadron after 6-7 years will generally get white jets to P-Cola, C-Springs or the UPT bases. Occasionally we will see RC-135’s but this usually comes with the caveat of a remote to Korea or Wg Exec time. The remainder of our follow-ons are RPA’s with a spattering of green-door/U-2 exceptions. 5. Preferred PCS Only location is Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
  11. Corpus Drop MC-130 Mildenhall MC-130 Hurlburt PC-12 Cannon C-130J Ramstein C-130 Peterson C-130 Dyess C-130 LR C-130 Pope Awesome drop
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    PM sent thanks for the replies
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    Thread revival- Just dropped EC's and was interested in finding out more about the squadrons and pipeline flow after Little Rock. Thanks in advance for the help
  14. Corpus 11-27 C-130J Ramstein C-130J Little Rock C-130 Yokota C-12 Elmendorf HC-130 Moody EC-130 DM Congrats Guys!
  15. Got some gouge on Pinnacle (Vance AFB Housing): Pinnacle/Hunt are currently in the process of renovating 122 duplex and single units at Vance AFB. They will be demolishing about 29 units (mostly older 2 bedroom). They have built 30 brand new units. Their original plan was to transfer 30 families from the non-renovated homes to the new construction, opening up 30 units for Hunt to begin renovation on. Somewhere along the way, between Aug-Nov, Pinnacle allowed to many people off the wait list into housing. The problem compounded itself when Hunt failed to deliver the first renovated units by their scheduled delivery date of October. This higher occupancy rate led to a decrease in the number of units given to Hunt. This is a big deal because if Hunt doesn't have 30 units they begin to lose their sub contractors causing even further delays. Instead of admitting this to the future residents, Pinnacle kept up the charade of "you will have a house in 30-60 days". To further ruin any credibility Pinnacle might have had, one of their former employees was incompetent and could not manage the wait list properly (using wrong eligibility dates for applicants). In December the first steps were taken to alleviate the situation. The wait list was "frozen" in order to get the required number of units to Hunt for renovation(allowing for a more predictable turnover). Pinnacle hired on new staff and began to tell the situation "how it is" to residents and future tenants . The wait list is now prominently displayed in the office instead of being some secretive document that only Pinnacle staff can view. Forced relocations are still a certainty for people in non-renovated units but an effort is being made to conduct them around training schedules and PCS dates. Long Story Short: Expect to wait 6-9 months for housing at Vance Call or stop by the Housing Management Office and they can help you out with off-base options Forced relocations are a reality in non-renovated homes(You can get DITY pay) If anybody has any specific questions don't hesitate to PM me.
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