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  1. Bigred

    KC-46A Info

    The last few posts basically describes organic tanking that the carrier airwing already does. Granted, Navy organic tanking has typically been around the boat but it's also an option to push them forward with the strike package if needed. In a larger peer-on-peer, the organic tanker could plug on the -135 or whatever, then push forward and be closer to the fight with the rest of the fighters/bombers. Now you have a fighter dude flying in a tanker role (apologies to the tanker dudes here) that also has a helluva lot better understanding of the tactics required to fight the opposing force. I realize that it would also take a ton of smaller jets to match the give capacity of a -135 or similar, but it's definitely an alternative to the traditional big wing tanker. The difficulty is making a Hornet (or similar) in the 5-wet configuration LO, and I have yet to see anyone discuss turning the F-35 into a tanker, although I won't be surprised if someone in the Navy eventually tries it. In the AF construct though, to my Navy brain, I can't see the fighter guys ever being willing to fly in an organic tanker role.
  2. Bigred

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Why invite the e-dogs? Is there something that prohibits a naming from happening with just the officers? Kangaroo courts (Navy version of the naming) happen all the time, in squadrons that have a ton of enlisted aircrew, and I can't recall ever hearing of an enlisted dude showing up.
  3. To be fair, its not the guys with stars that actually approve us to go to war, or to keep us in said warfare. That said, it is up to those same dudes to accurately advise the folks that do make the decisions to send us to war. That part is what appears to have been forgotten.
  4. https://americanmilitarynews.com/2018/12/first-female-combat-pilot-martha-mcsally-appointed-to-mccains-senate-seat/?utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=alt&utm_source=dvf&fbclid=IwAR3tvhazae3ABbVN664P3IVFNGc5VAxFWXnsE0gOKHNXXKa1IDFA_EJQcTo Looks like she pulled off the end-around into the Senate seat.
  5. Bigred

    It's Official, OCPs are Coming!

    What is the policy on wearing previously issued multi-cam? I thought I saw something somewhere that said those are also authorized but I can't find any memo/instruction regarding it.
  6. Bigred

    FY 18 ACP take rate?

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2018/12/10/alarming-number-of-mobility-pilots-decline-bonuses-to-keep-flying-overall-bonus-take-rates-tick-up-slightly/?fbclid=IwAR12BaegjfW_MjxYv5hJnCNg278Bm5vyN-bvKEWr08abS6KFCRidOxDFxKQ From the outside looking in, Gen Miller's comments about reducing the 365s seem promising.
  7. Bigred

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I was in Africa when this happened and there were a lot of cultural issues that had become accepted norms, that, once this happened made everyone step back and go ‘wtf?’. That said, the Captain was getting scapegoated and we all saw it happening. I’m glad Secretary Mattis recognized what was happening, but it’s sad it took the SecDef to do so.
  8. Bigred

    KC-130 and F/A-18 crash off Iwakuni

    One rescued, search ongoing for the rest. https://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/your-marine-corps/2018/12/05/search-and-rescue-off-japanese-coast-underway-after-marine-corps-c-130-and-fa-18-fighter-jet-crash/
  9. Bigred

    The new airline thread

    You may be tracking this, but if you don't have any mil time other than RPAs, you're gonna need 1,500 hours. The 750 is only for mil flight time.
  10. For my own clarity, if an O-4 has an ADSC takes him past 20, but DOPMA says HYT is 20, does the O-4 retire at 20 or stay past 20 till the ADSC expires? *edit - O-4 not on the bonus
  11. Bigred

    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    I love the irony in that it's the 69th Bomb Squadron. Can't believe the squadron number hasn't been changed, but I hope it never does.
  12. Bigred

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    From personal experience, the willingness to take aircraft that would otherwise be a hard down, just to get off the damn boat, is pretty high.
  13. Looking for any updates on the HC-130J lifestyle/optempo.
  14. Bigred

    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Negative, gotta find a range and pickle that load before RTB.
  15. Man, you should've heard some of the arguments of my Navy bros on this very thing. The dudes shouting "First actual CSAR since Vietnam" couldn't really explain why/how it was so dangerous when some dude in an ice cream truck parked on the side of the road was live streaming the pickup on Youtube.