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  1. Bergman

    Divorce

    As has been said already, but I’m saying it again for emphasis, do NOT under ANY circumstance keep a mortgage or any other financial asset with her. The horror stories I’ve heard would water your eyes. I let my Ex stay in our house in lieu of alimony for over a year and even that was a mild disaster. The condition of the house wasn’t good when I finally got it back and some utilities had gone unpaid (that were in my name). The one thing I wish I had done differently is to have sold the house. I let her stay, and then moved myself back in, with the thought that it would provide stability for my kids but that hasn’t really been the case. They’re doing better with it now but the first 6 months of my being back in there were rough. Should have sold it and started fresh. also, steer clear of any language in the decree about who pays for college. It’s a whole can of worms that you want nothing to do with. They’ll be 18 by then anyway so figure it out later and don’t have it in writing.
  2. I Palace Chase'd about 18 months ago. I've got a few points for you to ponder: 1) The functional manager will most likely NOT recommend Palace Chase. I talked to mine directly and he made no qualms about telling me that. Of course, this was in a rated career field. It might be easier for non-rated types to leave. The bottom line is, I was approved for Palace Chase even though my functional manager and his boss both recommended disapproval. 2) Before your package (STS) gets to the functional manager/AFPC, it has to leave the Wing. In my interview with the WG/CC (he met with anyone applying for this sort of thing), he told me that he was only supporting my application because I already had an ANG UPT slot arranged (and a letter from my ANG WG/CC to prove it). If you're just trying to leave with no cross over to the ANG, it might be difficult if not impossible. 3) Even though I did get the Palace Chase, it was only for 6 months early release (kinda like from prison!). I was told by the Palace Chase people at AFPC that 4-6 months is the longest time to request with any hope of getting approved. Of course, individual results may vary. You know the AF - as the people change every 2 years, the policies change!
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    This sort of thing has been standard for a decade or longer. And management wonders why people are bailing to the airlines in droves...and those that stay (or can’t leave yet) are stuck working for the dregs that are left. This may be my new rule for an air force career: RUN! Fucking run!! Management doesn’t deserve your sacrifice. (the old rules being: 1. Timing is Everything 2. Life isn’t fair 3. There is no justice)
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    Divorce

    BTDT and couldn’t have said it any better. LASER FOCUS! The divorce is just business at this point.
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    KC-46A Info

    Finally holding them accountable and looking out for the crews before something bad happens. https://www.defensenews.com/digital-show-dailies/air-warfare-symposium/2019/03/01/air-force-suspends-kc-46-tanker-deliveries/
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    Being or Doing in The Air Force

    That was a really good read. I could not agree more.
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    The new airline thread

    https://www.npr.org/2019/02/20/696198626/southwest-grounds-planes-blames-labor-dispute-with-the-union
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Sadly, you’re right. Hope the PC zealots aren’t that bad after this many years. He had to have suspected it would come up when news of this came out.
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    Agreed. At what point do the demo pilots certify on the routine? What would happen if they couldn’t get it down and/or the General wouldn’t sign off on it? I suspect that isn’t the case here; just wondering out loud. Either way, really sucks for her.
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    Commanders are dropping like flies this year

    https://www.airforcetimes.com/news/your-air-force/2019/02/12/first-female-viper-demo-team-pilot-relieved-after-two-weeks/ WHats the back story here??
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    Future T-38 replacement?

    Following the convention of “First basic trainer name” II then “first advanced trainer name” II....I would go with Trojan II!
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    May the odds be ever in your favor. Meanwhile, the quiche-eating airline guys are busy working 12, maybe 15, days a month for double the money. The low point...being gone for 3 nights in a row! 😂 Love ya Big Blue, but the madness has to stop. Run! Fucking Run fellas!!
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    The new airline thread

    True but the bid closes around the 10-11th, right? If you have enough seniority you’ll have a good idea of what days you’ll get off (sts) before the schedule is released.
  14. Bergman

    CLASSIC: De Motivational Poster Contest!

    Ha! That place is just down the road from me. Gotta love their marketing strategy. More of a Chevy man myself. The brunette can stay though.
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    Agree completely! This should have been written more clearly and explained up-front. I have zero trust in the AF to do the right thing by their people, thus my belief that this is yet another shady tactic to screw airmen in order to prop up percentages on some bullshit slide at HQ. RUN! Fucking run!!!
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    Would you be willing to bet 2-3 years worth of airline seniority on this? I hate to say it, but I just wouldn’t put it past the AF to remove a simple sentence like that specifically to back-door (no STS required) a bunch of unsuspecting Capt/Maj types.
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    Pilot retention in your neck of the woods?

    My ANG unit is almost 20% under-manned, even if we count the people still at pilot training as being "in the unit". By the end of this calendar year we will have had over 70,000 flying hours of pilot experience leave. Yet our OG is still kicking guys out he doesn't like! 20 degrees nose low and adding power....
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    “Red is the new Green”

    Meh. I know where I, and about 75% of the other dudes in my guard squadron, finished in our UPT classes.
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    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Okay. I’ve read that entire article 3 times today hoping my conclusion would change. It hasn’t. “What fucking planet are you on, dude?!” I want to drive to his house with a 12 pack and invite myself in. “My man! We need to talk!” Because clearly NO ONE he has talked to has given him the straight scoop. He might as well have said, “Well, based on my two 15 day deployments in the last 20 years, THIS is what the rated force means”. YGBSM.
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    What's your favorite mission?

    It’s a toss up between scuba diving in Curaçao, driving around Western Europe, or drinking Mai Tais in Waikiki. I wasn’t built to fly, but I sure was built to go TDY!
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    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    Names released. 9 guys. C-130 Crash Victims Identified
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    C-130 down near Savannah, GA

    It is bone chilling. FML. 🍻
  23. Bergman

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    I thought it was "It's better to get lucky than be good"?
  24. Bergman

    What's wrong with the Air Force?

    Always a light moment when taxiing in near view of the tower and announcing that we had our tickets... They were still doing the Gun Show at Al Udeid in December. FWIW I've seen the TN adjutant general in action for quite a number of years and this didn't really come as a surprise. A tragedy, for sure. But he doesn't like the Air component one bit to begin with, and has a very low tolerance for "flyboy shenanigans". It's interesting to note that he is one of the most old-school relics I've ever run across (and I'm pretty damned crusty myself). The stuff I personally have heard him say about women and minorities, out loud, and in public, made me and several others literally wince. Rule #3: There is no justice! How he has made it this far is somewhat of a mystery to me, although admittedly I don't know much of his career prior to being a two star. (Rule 1 being Timing is everything, Rule 2 Life isn't fair. The three rules of an Air Force career) I already thought the guy who runs the snco/nco Facebook page was a complete Nonner tool, and this whole episode confirms it. This shitbag literally ruined these people's careers, and in the case of the MSgt who tried re-enlisting, perhaps her entire life (she is a single mom whose only job was full-time ANG) and now tries to backtrack for fear of losing his precious clicks and Likes. You, sir, can eat a bowl of dicks. I'll never read or comment on anything he posts again.
  25. Agreed. Maybe I’m just getting old, but the idea of more money to spend...in a place I didn’t choose to live, and getting deposited while I’m away from home for months on end AGAIN, all the while working for narrow minded leadership that doesn’t value my effort, just isn’t worth it. The fact the airlines offer significantly better stability and also the same, or possibly much higher, salary makes this a no-brainer. I will say I remember leaving AD and the fear of the unknown. It took a couple years to realize that yes, I can say NO to things, I can live wherever I want, and my life can be about things other than work.
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