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  1. I doubt you'd be able to find many active duty with as much experience as I. If you want to continue the epeen you can pm me. Not shit talking, just pointing out that different units train to different standards in different tactics in different mission sets due to different AORs etc. Heck, unit mission sets change over time. Correct. But not all train to the same standards in similar mission sets.
  2. Commander's knowledge letter sounds like just the thing. Thanks! Won't be able to CRO the individual because won't have 120 days supervision (or even 120 data in the AF) before the board.
  3. That depends on the unit. Like I said, I hadn't heard of AFSOC to ACC, now I have, thank you. Your sources say one thing, my experience says another.
  4. Or OPM gets hacked and details sold. They wouldn't get medals for being put in danger, they get short notice PCS. (people shouldn't get medals for being put in danger)
  5. "(2) The Air Medal may be awarded for sustained meritorious achievement (distinction) (3) may be awarded for combat or non-combat action in recognition of single acts of valor, heroism, or merit required achievement to warrant award of the AM is less than that required for the DFC, but must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that expected of professional airmen. involving operations that are not routine. 4. Not awarded for sustained operational activities and flights." ------- RPA crews don't get air medals yet, even though they achieve similar effects as manned aircraft. The crews that did overwatch on the bin Laden raid, took out AQ and daesh leadership, provided overwatch for hostage rescues, SCAR-C, CAS during TICs, or CSAR likely didn't get jack.
  6. You seem to be neglecting the mentions of meritorious achievement. Air Medal - Heroism or meritorious ACHIEVEMENT - required ACHIEVEMENT to warrant award - Both heroism and ACHIEVEMENT must be entirely distinctive - distinguish themselves by valorous, heroic or meritorious ACHIEVEMENT - distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious ACHIEVEMENT - may be awarded for sustained meritorious ACHIEVEMENT - awarded for combat or non-combat action in recognition of single acts of valor, heroism, or MERIT Aerial Achievement Medal Sustained meritorious ACHIEVEMENT Hella danger when you, your coworkers, and family are named in terrorist hit lists.
  7. People don't (or shouldn't) get awards for just "putting their ass on the line". Hazard duty and imminent danger pay covers that.
  8. The Distinguished Warfare Medal attempted just that. The DWM was effectively an air medal for space, cyber, missiles, and remote. As you said, there isn't a recognition for the meritorious achievements and effects that RPAs can bring to the battlefield. The AAM is an odd award for RPA crews. Crews need to do very little to earn them. At least the enlisted could max their ribbon & award points for promotion.
  9. The unit is picking up a Navy O-3, now AF O-3, with prior Army enlisted time. AF major board this year. No AF OPR or training reports, won't have either before board. Their options?
  10. By all means enlighten us on what a REAL pilot is. XXXX+ hours PIC? Some qualification in a MWS? Some number of Air Medals? Being shot at? Killing people? Medevac? Human remains transport?
  11. The RPA is flying. The RPA crew is directly participating in the RPA operation, therefore the RPA crew is participating in aerial flight. The Aerial Achievement Medal is awarded for aerial flight. RPA crews get the AAM, therefore RPA crews are participating in aerial flight. Being "in harms way" is not a factor for the AAM or AM.
  12. Wikipedia, really? Elevate your game. AFI 36-2803 Air Force Military Awards and Decorations Program http://static.e-publishing.af.mil/production/1/af_a1/publication/afi36-2803/afi36-2803.pdf#page103 Table 3.11 Air Medal 1. Heroism or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. 2. The required achievement to warrant award of the AM is less than that required for the DFC, but must be accomplished with distinction above and beyond that expected of professional airmen. 3. Both heroism and achievement must be entirely distinctive, involving operations that are not routine. 4. Not awarded for sustained operational activities and flights. Table 3.12 Aerial Achievement Medal 1. Sustained meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. 2. MAJCOMs, FOAs, DRUs will identify the missions and positions to qualify for the award. 3. Not awarded for single event flights. 4. Effective 9 January 2003, the SECAF approved the award of the AAM to include operators of remotely piloted aircraft (RPAs) (to include onboard systems), or other weapons systems as determined by the SECAF. DOD MANUAL 1348.33, VOLUME 3 MANUAL OF MILITARY DECORATIONS AND AWARDS: DOD- WIDE PERSONAL PERFORMANCE AND VALOR DECORATIONS http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives/corres/pdf/134833v3_dodm_2016.pdf 3.9. AIR MEDAL. a. Introduction. The Air Medal is awarded to recognize individuals who distinguish themselves by valorous, heroic or meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight. any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, or Air Force, subsequent to September 8, 1939, distinguishes himself or herself by meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight. (2) The Air Medal may be awarded for sustained meritorious achievement (distinction) in the performance of duties involving aerial flight. (3) The Air Medal may be awarded for combat or non-combat action in recognition of single acts of valor, heroism, or merit while participating in an aerial flight.
  13. To throw some updates out there. AFSOC RPA bases are Canon AFB in Clovis NM and Hurlburt in Florida. The Canon folks are varying from 8-12 hour days. AFSOC means a different type of secrecy, software, hardware, and tactics. ACC can go to AFSOC, but I haven't heard of AFSOC to ACC.
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