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  1. SB: Not saying we were perfect by any means (sometimes far from it), just different when the first tails were on the line. And not saying greybeard guys/and gal were better or worse. I was very impressed with the on station performance of the later block crews I witnessed, and the level of Stan you brought. A lot of that was a pickup game in the early days with the different communities we had. The oversight from the staff level seemed a little over the top in my opinion (I’ve git the same opinion in my service the higher I get). “Highly skilled, that could be debated, but only over a beer. As you said “fitting at the time”. ATIS
  2. First few years of DRACO('06-'08) the Boss did a great job protecting us. Never sensed the CJSOAC, althought some of the USAF types had to take the walk down the hallway to feed the bear a few times. We were left alone and just did the mission...and being new kids on the block and needing to earn our keep...I am glad we had that cover. It was only toward the end of my time (2008-ish) that the creep started to happen. USAF produced crews (front and back) [vice hand picked, by name request front and back seaters] started to filter in. That's when CJSOAC went to 11. The new boss's for sure weren't "Old Breed"...they were managment. Not saying that was bad...but you could tell they had a new master to serve. Fast forward to 2013-14 when I came back for a touch and go in my Bragg capacity....it was full on stupid at that point. The squadron I once knew, cowboy-ish...just fly and do the mission and keep the GFC's/JTAC's happy and calling on us, was long dead and buried. Still great guys and gals flying the mission and did great work on station...but not the same culture as the original bunch. I am sure we all miss it to some degree...but in the back of our minds we knew we were at that right place at the right time....and it woudn't last. And it didn't. My buds locked the door of our B-hut when someone wearing a USAF uniform tried to come in from what I heard (I was flying days). Boss intercepted them before they tried again and that was the last we heard. ATIS
  3. "supposedly ruffled too many feathers when he was CJSOAC-A/CC" That was my exposure to him...and I wasn't really in his direct Chain of Command. I had another boss...but shared some common ground, and I camped out in his space. Regardless...when I showed up to take over and serve my time....I asked why my replacement (and others on the floor) had makeshift rear view mirrows at their stations pointing aft. It was to see him walking down the hall. When we moved to a new location, we quickly got rid of the mirrors because we all recognized the sound of his door opening on the new carpet. As the CC, I was just amazed at how he treated his folks (badly and in some cases just plain mean). Bless the 05 that was his deputy on the floor....great guy and good at shielding most of the folks from the frag, but not always. I surely hope he is doing well because he earned his stipes there and was a good dude as well (actually all the folks there were pretty damn 5x5...except for my U-28 Bro....had to always give him crap). His operational experience may be untouchable...and that I can't speak too. All I can relate is watching him as the CJSOAC-CC, and I felt sorry for the AFSOC folks on the floor. You could feel the sense of relief when the new CC came in, no more looking over your shoulder and just working the mission. Don't take this as me throwing crap toward the USAF....we have tons of folks like this on the Navy side...heck, maybe more. ATIS
  4. Worst leader I ever ran across since I entered the service in ‘92. We all dreaded going to work. ATIS
  5. https://www.af.mil/About-Us/Biographies/Display/Article/743377/brigadier-general-brad-m-sullivan/ Just wait. I will weep for you if this happens. ATIS
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    What LJDRVR said x 1000. All of those points served me well, and was the very advice handed down back in the 90's when my shit show happend. It's a roller coaster. There is a business side and a personal side to this...keep that in mind and try to keep seperate. It's hard, but in the end it will work out. The comments above about a blessing in disguise...couldn't agree more. Keep your head up, you are not alone. ATIS
  7. "The school rearranged training in order to identify students with the best aptitude for typical CSO missions. To do that, they inserted portions of formerly advanced phases of training into the primary phase using simulators. Cadre are now evaluating each student's potential to function as a WSO, sensor operator, navigator, or EWO before assignment in one of four new specialized advanced tracks." Interesting....that's how we did it in the Navy when I was winged back in the 90's. I am assuming the Navy still does it that way. Build the basics of a NFO, then track them to their community (in my day is was RIO training track, Over water Nav, and Attack A-6-EA-6B types). We all had core Air and low level nav fundementals we all had to do in advanced training, but with a trend toward your speciality. ATIS
  8. What the Flying F&*K. Fit to fight....I weep. ATIS
  9. I ever walk into a bar and these fire fighters & flyers are on site.....I'm rigging the bell and slapping the credit card down. Quote me. Very nice work. ATIS
  10. Truth!!...appreciated the guys letting me aquire some of these.....wore the crap out of them. ATIS
  11. That 06 doesn’t happen to have a Star now does he? ATIS
  12. Concur. Plus the fact that range took a huge step back once the Hornet (baby or Super) hit the flight deck. I'll just end my comments now to avoid emotion or spillage on this topic. ATIS
  13. ATIS

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    Jack Ryan is FOD. Made it slowly to episode 3 when it jumped the shark. Wife and I both pitched out for different reasons. ATIS
  14. Q: What is your status/service? Are you in the Navy thinking about jumping? Are you winged yet? About 15 years ago I made the jump from USN NFO to ANG WSO (my Navy platform while fun to fly had the writting on the wall in the long term...aka, dying). Then the bottem fell out of the squadron that accepted me and I departed the pattern, jumped back into the Navy as a Reservist and found myself an initial cadre OP1/backseater in the U-28 program. Started that program with some buddies as the intial CSO group (pilots were all USAF types; all fantastic guys+2 gals), then after 3 or so years and two very long IA's...went back to being a normal desk flying Navy Reserve NFO type (unfortunatly still flying a desk...but would drag my nuts through broken glass to go back to the U-28). I knew of three A-6 BN's that went WSO back in the day. Those were active Navy to ANG (one after a pep tour with F-15E's). Not active Navy to active USAF. If you are a winged NFO, MC-12 CSO might be an option in the Guard (Oklahoma I believe) if you are thinking of jumping at the end of your NFO commitment. Start trolling the B-1 or B-52 Reserve orginizations. EC-130's out of PA ANG maybe. Unless there is a demand signal from the active USAF, there is no place to go (maybe I am wrong...maybe a question for AFPC). I don't know/recall a call out for active F-15E, BUFF, BONE, or Gunship/U-28's right now, so showing up on the doorstep of the USAF with Navy double anchor wings might be a dry hole. Being a NFO/CSO limits options more than a pilot, that's just the ground truth. ATIS
  15. Forget the yellow stuff....go Dunkel!! Daydreaming of Munich again......time to get back to work.
  16. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usaf-reveals-intentions-to-acquire-light-attack-figh-450940/ 06 AUGUST, 2018 SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM BY: GARRETT REIM LOS ANGELES After more than a year of flight demonstrations the US Air Force is formally moving the light attack aircraft experiment into the acquisitions phase, with the intention that it will award a production contract to Sierra Nevada Corporation or Textron Aviation in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. The pre-solicitation notice for the other than full and open competition was announced on 3 August. It is anticipated that a formal solicitation will be released in December of 2018, according to the USAF. “[Light attack aircraft] will provide an affordable, non-developmental aircraft intended to operate globally in the types of irregular warfare environments that have characterized combat operations over the past 25 years,” the USAF wrote in its pre-solicitation notice. “Sierra Nevada Corporation and Textron Aviation are the only firms that appear to possess the capability necessary to meet the requirement within the Air Force's time frame without causing an unacceptable delay in meeting the needs of the warfighter.” The USAF had been using data gathered from the light attack experiment phase, a series of demonstration flights over more than a year by the Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano and the Textron’s Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine, to decide whether to buy potentially hundreds of light attack aircraft. The hope is these fighters could be cheaper alternatives for certain missions to using aircraft such as the Lockheed Martin F-35 and Boeing F-15. The experiment was suspended prematurely after the fatal crash of a Sierra Nevada/Embraer A-29 Super Tucano on 22 June. The crash would not harm Sierra Nevada/Embraer's chances of winning the competition, the USAF said. The USAF appears to be barring any manufacturers who did not participate in the light attack experiment by limiting potential bidders for the light attack production contract. Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and Czech aerospace manufacturer Aero Vodochody – companies that did not participate in the experiment – publicly pitched their jointly developed F/A-259 Striker jet to the US Air Force in July as a speedy, cost effective and production model that would meet the service’s requirements. It is not clear if IAI and Aero Vodochody would protest their exclusion from the other than full and open competition. Neither company responded immediately for a request for comment.
  17. ATIS

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    ".380 caliber Kimber handgun....The gun had a bullet in the chamber and its magazine was fully loaded." ...but was she carrying it in Condition 1 or 0? Now that would be pretty ballsey. ATIS For ref: Condition 3: Chamber empty, full magazine in place, hammer down. Condition 2: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer down. Condition 1: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety on. Condition 0: A round chambered, full magazine in place, hammer cocked, safety off.
  18. Regardless...in today's DOD timelines....add 5 years min to the dates in this article. ATIS
  19. https://www.flightglobal.com/news/articles/usmc-reveals-new-details-of-mux-acquisition-plan-449304/ The USMC plans to make an acquisition decision by 2020, according to the documents. The first aircraft should be ready to deploy from a land base with an “early operational capability” by 2025. More capabilities for the land-based fleet should be rolled out in two years. The first ship-based deployment should come in 2029, the USMC acquisition planning documents show. The aircraft must be capable of reaching a higher speed (300kt) and altitude (25,000ft) than the USMC’s manned MV-22B Osprey tiltrotors, plus land vertically and operate from ships. The aircraft must be able to carry up to 1,360kg (3,000lb) of payload internally as a threshold requirement, and loiter on station up to 350nm from the base for eight to 12h. It also must be able to hover out of ground effect at 6,000ft on a 35℃ (95°F) day. The USMC wants the MUX to perform a broad set of missions, according to the new acquisition documents. It would finally provide a high-speed armed escort aircraft for the MV-22B, carrying a load of eight Lockheed Martin AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. It could also carry other weapons for different missions, including an anti-radiation missile for an electronic warfare mission and air-to-air missiles for an airborne early warning mission. The USMC also wants the MUX to provide a variety of surveillance and communications services for Marines on the ground and for the amphibious ready group afloat. The aircraft would have to carry an electro-optical/infrared sensor during any mission, but the USMC also desires a sophisticated radar and potentially advanced sensors, including hyperspectral.
  20. ATIS

    WTF? (**NSFW**)

    A benificial "WTF": http://fortune.com/2018/06/12/aldis-scotch-whisky-masters-gold/ ATIS
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    I hear Hereditary is shit your pants scary. Any recce on this one yet? ATIS
  22. For a pure fun aviators read: Fighter Pilot’s Heaven by Donald Lopez JR. Great short read on testing the early jets after WW2 up until Korea. The aviation related content is great, what I found more enjoyable was the old school mindsets and other concepts that we would in no way get away with today (some of that is good and bad). Also: Cheers to the F-16 folks that have been flying CAP over the PBI area all Easter weekend. Been lounging by the pool or getting my fly fishing bugs wet looking up every 5-10 minutes when you come around on the orbit. At least the weather has been good for ya. ATIS
  23. ATIS

    Gun Talk

    What causes a person to think that shooting is a proper response to a life situation? When a young boy walks into a HS and shoot a girl he broke up with, what is the critical element that was present (or not present) that lead that person to believe that COA was reasonable? What bit flips in folks heads that leads them down that path? And what in the rest of the 99.x% of society keeps that bit from flipping? I personally think that is root cause here. Be it a truly mental breakdown, lack of faith/society heading away from a "greater purpose than just me" mindset, or lack of a strong family....those seem to be root causes here. Go ahead and raise the age limit on gun purchases, ban the bump stock and large cap magazines, heck...hell enforce every rule currently on the books...there will be another mass casualty situation involving firearms. This process will repeat until the realization that gun laws/restrictions may be a preventive measure...but they won't solve root cause. That is the real slippery slope here. I'm a proud NRA life member and unfortunately can't live with my trove of firearms here in DC, so don't misunderstand my ultimate position on this issue (you have the right), but society/politicians know they are spouting BS/window dressing when they talk about bans/new laws ....they are missing, or not in public addressing, root cause (Center of Gravity for your OODA Loop types) and that is what pisses me off the most about this entire situation. Standing by for wire-brush/flaming. ATIS
  24. Asking the Q to the USAF (AD/ANG/AFRES) types...why would the CO (sorry, Navy term)...the Commander care if the member has t a TS or no?. No sweat off his or her back. Sure...with the current OPM backlog this CSO to be will be retired by the time it's approved....but I have always encouraged members under me to get TS if they rate it , helps with TOC/JOC information flow and is always helpful on resume's when searching for employment on the outside. Cheers ATIS
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