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  1. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Azimuth and hindsight: All I can say is... holy shit! We retarded f*ucks read this stuff and compare it to our experiences and chat about it on the golf course...and all we can do is know "there but for the grace..." For everyone who reads these stories...remember what you thought were good responses to crises when youre in command. And i dont mean only g-series orders command...i mean when youre the ranking officer or NCO and are the first responder. And advise your commanders to do the right thing. Sometimes thats common sense, sometimes its following the rules to the letter...sometimes its not. The situation will come as a complete surprise...so give a little forethought on the process you want to follow in crisis, and avoid snap emotional decisions. That advice (from a repected SNCO) both saved me from keel-hauling an innocent accused tech sergeant and allowed me to appropriately, and correctly, secure and eventually send to courts-martial a pair of serial sexual predators. YMMV. Good luck. ETA: why the frick cant i say f*uck anymore?
  2. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    Assuming you actually want an answer: Yes, I did ground both of them, and one other involved party about 1/2 hour after hearing the story. A complaining witness/accuser/ victim has just endured a very personal traumatic life event. Upon accusation, so did the accused. Neither are likely to be combat effective for a period of time. I did nothing with their clearances, and did not suspend AOs. I told the scheduler to mark them unavailable to fly until they heard back from me, and to keep his pie-hole shut about it. This type of grounding is not punitive. It happens probably more than you know: to parents whose kids have cancer. To a pilot whose spouse dies in a car wreck. To a CSO whose sibling committed suicide. These are major personal traumatic life events...anyone wanting to go fly today after hearing such news isn't properly thinking. I know, because I went thru this traumatic event process shortly after upgrading to IP in my first aircraft. And, later, because I had to be the one to tell people about traumatic events in their lives. So, yeah, secure all involved. Use your judgment on how far to take the securing.
  3. 11-217: should it stay or go?

    My bad...term is now API-8. Aircrew Position Indicator. See AFI 11-401 Table 2.1 (not a bad reg to be familiar with if you're a flyer) API-8 = Staff or supervisory positions above wing level that have responsibilities and duties that require the incumbent to actively fly or perform OFDA-creditable ground based radar duties.
  4. 11-217: should it stay or go?

    At one time, not long ago...the plan was to use 14CFR91 and AIM and just have a .mil supplement for things unique to .mil like TACAN and weather and ing bird severe. ACC, AFMC and AETC pitched a fit since it meant changing all syllabi, IRC banks and tests, open and closed for all MDS, references everywhere...not to mention certain acquisition and cockpit certification and CNS/ATM programs that reference 11-202, and a bunch of USAF Terps and ATC regs. It was determined by folks other than at AFFSA that the juice wasnt worth the squeeze. #protip: RPI-8 means AFFSA still one of the best staff gigs you can get (or so a friend told me recently) if you're so inclined.
  5. USAFA: Being masculine is bad

    1) support the alleged victim/accuser and ensure treatment and no further harm 2) secure the alleged perpetrator/accused 3) ensure unit mission effectiveness & morale 4) conduct investigation 5) act on results of investigation Or...you know...just wing it in public/press and see how it goes.
  6. Flight Evaluation Board (FEB)

    If this ya-hoo is saying his Q3 is documented incorrectly, I can relate. I quibbled a bit...then owned my boneheadedness in the debrief, with the Sq/CC present. But my evaluator, giving his first checkride, felt like he needed to "justify" the Q3, so he put some extra relish on the F8. I kept a copy handy an used multiple times over the years as a teachhable moment. If this ya-hoo is asking for extra leniency beyond all the built in leniency that occurs on the road to an FEB...well...flying isnt for everyone and better to find out in training than in combat.
  7. 1,000 Retired Pilots Can Be Recalled to Active Duty

    I still peruse the forum but rarely post. Mostly because I'm a dinosaur and understand no one really wants to read my opinion on the topic of the day. Also cuz i read the forum on a phone and posting on a phone is a bitch for me. I've posted advice and sarcastic snarky quips and occasionally PMd with some of you young'uns. Occassionally, Ive posted something someone found controversial, which can be fun, and sometimes reading the threads challenges my own perceptions and beliefs. But in reality, I retired in 2015 and the USAF of 2017 is one I barely recognize -- my opinion is probably less valid as anyone currently serving. Reading through a thread if i see a post i agree with, then theres no sense in my "piggybacking" or "piling on".. I have no idea if I've ever met CH or Liquid or Chang or any of the other senior members. But I served with only 1 toxic leader in my career. I mustve been lucky...or I spread my own share of toxicity. Either way, im not qualified to address it..or many of the other issues on the board. I was a ROTC-recat: non-rated officer, then went to SUPT. IP/EP in Lears, KC-10s, and Hercs thru crossflow. Took the big 20YAS bonus the first day I was eligible. Ended up on staff and retired when it was clear I wasn't returning to fly or being considered for command. I think Fingers is actually trying to address the combat readiness of the force. To that end, I did what I could in my little sphere of influence. I encourage you do the same. Unfortunately, I think xaarman might be right...feet on the ramp is very effective at getting folks to show their cards early--therefore making the management of the red and blue lines easier to predict. And Im sure theyre looking at it as an option. Hope they dont choose it.
  8. Texas Church Shooting

    One round, properly placed, can make all the difference.
  9. iPhone app inop

    Thanks Dfresh!
  10. iPhone app inop

    Still same error on both free and paid app on android phone and tablet. Did the tinkerers give an ETIC?
  11. iPhone app inop

    Looking forward to getting this fixed...I like using the android app.
  12. I couldn't do the a-word without a class 1 medical...so I opted for a GS14 FAA gig in Flight Standards. I am remotely sited, lots of telework opportunities, occasional sims...and I fly .civ to keep some air under my butt and sharp-ish about aviation. Work with lots of former mil controllers and flyers, so culture is ok. Fed bennies are nothing to sneeze at. Advancement opportunities exist to SES levels, if so inclined. Works for us. Can recommend. 4/5 stars..
  13. iPhone app inop

    Same login failure (csrf_fail). On both: Android galaxy tablet: baseops paid app and android phone: free app.
  14. Copy sarcasm... But I've advocated for no bonus for years...as long as we also put UPT ADSC back to six years where it belongs. Thought y'all might enjoy reading about USAF turbulence from 26 yrs ago...
  15. Swiped from Otto's LinkedIn. I remember reading this as a Lt maintenance officer. Timeless...sport bitching and repeating history: Anonymity, Accountability, Cowardice, and Courage. March 4, 2017 In February 1992, I was a mid-level O-3 (Air Force Captain) and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Merrill McPeak was halfway through his tenure and he was unleashing changes and reforms that to this day are among the most controversial actions ever done to a single military service. From changing the "wing" structure, to shoving Total Quality Management down our throats, to a savage "reduction in force" and yes, the unveiling of a uniform reminiscent of an airline pilots, McPeak was seemingly unchallenged by history, his fellow generals, or even common sense. There were anonymous papers faxed around with criticism but no one dared put their name out there in opposition. Multiple events were my catalyst but one day in my BOQ room, I wrote the article attached and submitted knowing full well it would never be published by the Armed Forces Journal a magazine I had read since ROTC. The assistant editor called and said it was being seriously considered and they needed a bio and photo and then hours later, West Point graduate, owner and publisher, the irascible Ben Schemmer called and said he was going to run it. In our call, he said there was great debate in his editorial meeting and some said I was just bitching but he said I was putting my career on the line and they were going to run it. Ben told me I was going to lose my career, he said there is no tradition of disagreement in the US Air Force. I had heard that twice before, one at Squadron Officer's School from AF Historian Earl Tilford who said the Air Force crushes dissent in all forms. He said as an Intel briefer during the Vietnam War, he was briefing about Operation Lam Son719 and he used the words the "Allies were retreating" and the USAF general he briefed said our allies don't retreat and "Butch" said he was right, retreat implies order and this was a rout! He was tossed out of the office and became an Air Force historian. The other time was from Colonel John Guilmartin who was sacked as editor of the Air University Review who told me the Air Force leadership will never allow dissent, you tow the line or get crushed. Hearing Ben tell me at that moment my career would be over, I gulped and said it's worth it. Someone has to voice concern over McPeak's idiotic policies. The article was published and a few weeks later, a friend called and asked how I was? I said umm, OK, and he said my article was the subject of a discussion at Air Combat Commander's conference room (he was a general's aide) and the view is I will receive a phone call telling me to resign my commission if I have any problems with USAF policies. I ran to Radio Shack and bought a microphone that attaches to the telephone and figured if someone called, I'd tape it and go on 60 Minutes. No call came. A couple of months later at my next training location, I got a call from a Major General I had worked for and respected and he told me he and most of his fellow GO's agreed with me but none would lay it out there publicly, as I had. Several years later, I was passed over for Major and kicked out of the USAF. I personally do not believe the article was directly related but that I did not do the careerism the USAF officer corps expects and my records were not competitive. Either way, I had prepared for that day but it still came as a severe blow. Which brings me to today, it's impossible to not turn on certain news shows or read the leading newspapers or websites without seeing news that is highly classified to include signals intercepts of American citizens. I'm sure these leakers believe they are helping the nation, in their infantile minds, but they are exposing the nations secrets. If they were so concerned, invoke whistle blower laws and go see their Members of Congress! Isn't it telling that not a single individual has done this? Or go to the National Press Club and hold a press conference. Instead, they are playing games with our national security. There are often articles written about the need to write critical assessments of the military and none look further than our current National Security Advisor H.R McMaster and his book Dereliction of Duty. It did not hurt but most likely saved his career. I was able to get in the Air Force Reserve and retired a few years ago as a Colonel. Stop the Leaking. Stop breaking laws divulging our national secrets. Stop putting the lives of our armed forces service-members and our citizens at risk. Or if it's so important, don't be an anonymous coward and stand for your principles.
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