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Article from this morning says there's a new boss at the Academy. Anybody have any experience with him?

As always, I'm holding out hope he can undo some of the damage done by the last one and restore some culture, heritage, and mission focus.

 

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — A new superintendent is taking command at the U.S. Air Force Academy in

 Colorado Springs.

Maj. Gen. Jay B. Silveria will succeed Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson in a ceremony Friday. Johnson is retiring after four years.

Silveria has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general, the required rank for the job.

He is a 1985 graduate of the academy. His previous assignment was deputy commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command. He was also deputy commander of the Combined Air Force Air Component, Central Command, Southwest Asia.

Silveria has nearly 4,000 hours of flight time including combat missions over the Balkans and Iraq. He served as vice commander at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

Aircraft he has piloted include the F-15E and F-35 fighter jets and the HH-60 helicopter.
 
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3 hours ago, gearpig said:

Article from this morning says there's a new boss at the Academy. Anybody have any experience with him?

I worked directly for Tonto on Wing Staff when he was the Wing CC at Lakenheath.  In my opinion, a top shelf actual warrior leader and someone perfect for the job of helping mold young future warrior minds.

Of course, I would have said the same thing about Gen Welsh before he became CSAF, too.  Hopefully Tonto has not been assimilated by the Borg Collective in the Flag officer ranks.

It is sad that I have to caveat my opinion by saying we shall see if he makes me eat my words here in the future.

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He can't be all bad... he was a FAIP, after all.  

Hand picked... 

... like a booger.  

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On 8/11/2017 at 9:09 AM, Hacker said:

I worked directly for Tonto on Wing Staff when he was the Wing CC at Lakenheath.  In my opinion, a top shelf actual warrior leader and someone perfect for the job of helping mold young future warrior minds.

Of course, I would have said the same thing about Gen Welsh before he became CSAF, too.  Hopefully Tonto has not been assimilated by the Borg Collective in the Flag officer ranks.

It is sad that I have to caveat my opinion by saying we shall see if he makes me eat my words here in the future.

Ditto all.  I was at Lakenheath a decade before Hacker, when Tonto was the DO of our sister squadron.  Great guy, great fighter pilot.  I also worked indirectly for Welsh when he was the USAFE/CC, and met him several times.  I was a huge fan of him as well and described him in a similar manner.....before he became CSAF.

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My experience is more recent though less comprehensive than hackers or toros. My interactions with him as the DCFACC were all positive. It was heartening to hear a 2 star saying some of the things he did. 

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Somebody wrote a racist message on a prep school cadet's white board. Great words from the AFA/Sup. It's nice to see someone publicly confront our "Dignity and Respect" problem with strong, clear language.

It does leave me thinking, however, if it's that easy....what sort of messages could a person write on AF whiteboards to get our leadership behind a podium and microphone to passionately tackle other AF issues?

 

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Personally, I'd hoped Tonto would go more R Lee Ermey with his thoughts: that we are all Airmen, and everything else is secondary to that, especially when engaged in combat.

Diversity of immutable characteristics is meaningless.

Diversity of thought, of culture, and of ideas is actually a strength.

30 years ago when the concept "diversity is a strength" came to social prominence, things like race, sex, and religion were used as an analog (unfortunately, for simplicity) for diversity of thought, culture, and ideas.  Unfortunately, those things are not analogs...and now so many members of society are idiotically focused on diversity of immutable characteristics, as if that matters any further than eyewash to make folks feel inclusive.   That focus is actually a weakness for a fighting organization.

Of course, we all know that the AF is generally more concerned with how things look than how things actually are...so more of the same, I suppose.

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If that wasn't a fake hate crime, then when they catch the SOB, they ought to make him/her go to every living Tuskegee Airman and apologize and then scrub clean the gravestone of every African-American buried in Arlington National Cemetery with a toothbrush.

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On 9/29/2017 at 8:59 AM, gearpig said:

Somebody wrote a racist message on a prep school cadet's white board. Great words from the AFA/Sup. It's nice to see someone publicly confront our "Dignity and Respect" problem with strong, clear language.

It does leave me thinking, however, if it's that easy....what sort of messages could a person write on AF whiteboards to get our leadership behind a podium and microphone to passionately tackle other AF issues?

 

The answer to your question is simple.  This was low hanging fruit.  Easy chance for an AF leader to get in front of the cameras and passionately speak out about something. 99.9% of people agree with him on the issue.  There will be zero resistance.  This isn't a courageous stand. It's the easy one, and happens to be the right one.

The institutional problems of the AF are defended by a bloated bureaucracy, imbedded shoe clerks and everyone-gets-a-trophy types, and would take actual effort to do anything about.  While a supermajority of the rank-and-file AF operators would be behind him, it would be a risky move for a leader that likely got ahead by being risk-adverse.  It's the hard choice, and happens to be the right one. 

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10 hours ago, flyusaf83 said:

...This isn't a courageous stand. It's the easy one, and happens to be the right one...

The problem is that half of America thinks that what he's saying takes courage because the rest of the people in charge are unquestionably white supremacists.

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10 hours ago, Majestik Møøse said:

The problem is that half of America thinks that what he's saying takes courage because the rest of the people in charge are unquestionably white supremacists.

And that is what concerns me more than so called “institutional racism.” 

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7 hours ago, dream big said:

And that is what concerns me more than so called “institutional racism.” 

...or the idea that anyone actually believes there is "institutional racism" in the United States in 2017.

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...or the idea that anyone actually believes there is "institutional racism" in the United States in 2017.

Well of course there is.... but it will all go away just as soon as we adopt socialism.... didn't your college professors tell you anything?
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