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  1. Didn't realize Iran was employing balloons.
    18 points
  2. Whoa, whoa... what the fuck, friend?
    13 points
  3. Gen Austin Miller made the call, although Biden & Blinken put him in a box: they imposed a troop cap which made staffing BAF along with the embassy/HKIA impossible. Then Blinken said we cannot withdraw from the embassy due to optics, ergo BAF must close. And because they were unimaginative and underestimated the enemy, they assumed GIRoA could hold out until 2022. Miller pushed back but ultimately saluted and executed. He should have resigned instead. McKenzie, the COCOM/CC, took command from Miller (meaning the COCOM absorbed what had been its own 4 star command, you can imagine how butter smooth that COMREL change was) in July of 21 I believe, after BAF was handed over and when the assault on the outskirts of Kabul began in earnest. He failed to take any bold action although several of us were sending very clear recommendations and security warnings. By early August it was an insane situation: the Taliban was moving openly in large formations massing artillery and supplies as close as Maiden Shar and all ANA checkpoints on Highway 1 had fallen. Camp Commando had fallen. We were going Winchester and not slowing them down; our own FIRES process was complicated by surrendering ANA personnel and enemy use of their (our) equipment /uniforms. The AAF ran out of munitions and ceased flight operations. I landed in HKIA after one sortie and stated clearly: we must initiate the NEO now. The front office for the 2 star in Kabul (senior US Officer in country) told me “not possible, the Turks won’t allow it.” The Turks were running HKIA at the time. 3 days later the Turks were burning all their papers and excess equipment as they ran to their own aircraft to escape the fall. A lot to digest from the experience. My biggest surprise has been that absolutely no one higher wants to hear about it. There was no AAR, no hot wash, no internal mil attempt to investigate and figure out where it broke down. Just sweep it all under the rug, too embarrassing. The AF history guys did a quick report, although it was mainly focused on the 2.5 week mobility surge and they didn’t even know my unit existed. My AAR is now in their secret addendum, but the document is shortsighted by exclusively focusing on the evacuation rather than how the hell we allowed July-Aug to ever occur. Without any accountability and with the same idiots in charge, we should unfortunately expect another epic strategic humiliation.
    13 points
  4. I'd say alot of things TSA does are counter to intelligence.
    13 points
  5. Any FedEX guys know when the iPad (10) lanyards are getting ordered? I’d like one.
    12 points
  6. Well....we've responded to you for many years. 🥃
    11 points
  7. Not a fan of Trump, but there is no way you can convince me the last four years under Biden were better! Had Trump won, our economy would most likely be doing better, our foreign and domestic policies been more focused on important things than wokeness and transgender recognition, and honestly I believe most Americans would have a lot more pride in this country! The fact that Biden even won (if he even did!) and pretty much every action he has taken over the past four years has been a major embarrassment to the US. This has got to be the largest amount of horseshit claims I've ever seen in my life, and I did 25 years in the USAF! The Biden-Harris Record | The White House Does the White House really think everyone is so stupid to believe all that?!? Again, I would prefer a different candidate to vote for, one more along the lines of Reagan in the 80s; but once again we are stuck between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich. I for one would rather endure the Giant Douche then to spend another four years having a Turd Sandwich shoved down our throats!
    11 points
  8. Taiwanese U-2 pilot Johnny Shen died last Thursday, age 92 He was a U-2 pilot with The Black Cat Squadron on Taiwan from 1968 to 1973. He was admitted to the CAF Academy in January 1952, then trained in the PT-17 and the T-6. After his graduation in December 1955, he was assigned to the 4th Tactical Fighter Group in Chiayi. He was first sent to Tainan to be trained on the T-33, then returning to Chiayi to fly the F-84 in 1956. Later he converted to the F-100. He left the 35th Sq in 1973 and became the vice military attache in Vietnam. After the loss of Vietnam, he returned to Taiwan to served on several desk jobs. He retired from the CAF as a Colonel in 1977 and joined China Airlines, where he flew the Boeing 707, 727, 767, and 747, and Airbus A-300. He transferred to EVA Airlines in 1992. Then he returned served in Taiwan's Civil Aviation Administration until 1998. After retirement, he emigrated to Canada and lived in Vancouver. These guys flew some really risky missions. Him him...
    10 points
  9. Re-sharing these gems:
    10 points
  10. Honestly it was a ballsy move by Iran, if they had killed any US with the TBM strikes on IZ I think things would look different right now. The mood was lethal. When we had zero casualties (granted many folks had TBI) the decision was made to stand down. It could have easily gone the other way. Fun side note: since they destroyed our hangar with TBMs I used the event to clean up 5 years of property book shenanigans. Seriously, it was very beneficial. For anyone reading this: if your stuff ever gets destroyed by the enemy, seize the opportunity to do your unit a solid.
    9 points
  11. Username checks out.
    9 points
  12. Can't be worse than the Big Guy being beholden to Chinese billionaires
    9 points
  13. Point of order: No we don't. I actively refuse. Someone wants me to call them something specific? That's fine, we can discuss that in that moment. But someone else's mental health issue is not mine to track until I meet them and I learn the specifics of their case. In my world, there are men and women. Some have mental health issues.
    9 points
  14. Does “wife bitching” and “it’s Del Rio” count as hardship?
    9 points
  15. Step 1 after any mishap - eat your lineup card.
    9 points
  16. At least he knows only women have pussies…those on the left don’t seem to believe so.
    8 points
  17. At some point I'll write out the utter shit show of DOS on 14-15 Aug during the embassy evac. And nothing improved for the remaining 16 days. As a commander on the ground, I felt sold out and abandoned by every level above 06. On the plus side, there was no one to stop me from doing what I thought best.
    8 points
  18. Wonderful job by Biden trying to take Easter away from all the Christians and rebrand it Transgender Awareness Day of Visibility. It is a free country, dress how you want, date who you want, be what you want but to purposely hijack a religious holiday with great meaning to many Christians is a direct assault on people of faith by demented Left Wing extremists. As if to pour a little salt in the wound, the White House has banned Religious-themed designs from the White House Easter egg art contest tomorrow. Trump selling bibles is stupid, the liberal hate of faith is sickening.
    8 points
  19. "Ghost guns" are another fabricated and irrational scare tactic term akin to "assault rifles" for those who are hoplophobic. Serial numbers don't stop the illegal use of a firearm any more than a VIN stops someone from stealing a car. The right to keep and bear arms is an alienable one, not "granted" by any government. And, as we all can attest to, anything the government gets its nose into is more likely to get fucked up that fixed!!
    7 points
  20. In this case you are quoting a literal Russian Psyop outlet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    7 points
  21. Man, this idiot doesn’t know crap!
    7 points
  22. *Promote ahead of peers*
    7 points
  23. The difference on the board between R's and D's is that the R's are willing to call out and name their retards. The D's defend their retards and/or don't recognize that they're retarted. That's the difference on this board. It plays out on a larger scale as well.
    7 points
  24. any party that tells me a man can identify as a woman and *magical LGBTQTIA+ dust* IS a woman...is extreme. and retarded.
    7 points
  25. I can’t think of anything more weak than a president who has to use the baby steps into Air Force one, has to be pumped up with uppers to deliver speeches, and who only makes the decisions/takes questions that are approved by his handlers.
    7 points
  26. We really need to get our junior enlisted back into shady Dodge Charger loans and questionable Fayetteville-quality pussy. Seems like a better way to spend your leave. 🙄🤷‍♂️
    7 points
  27. In a bit of good news, the Israelis continue to stack up the Iranian body count.
    7 points
  28. I supposed banning religious symbols at the White House Easter Egg is a long established tradition as well? A few days ago Biden made a big deal and released his proclamation and said nothing about Easter until last night when he felt the backlash and was forced to acknowledge a Christian holiday. All this after he celebrated Transgender Remembrance Day a few days before Thanksgiving. I for one find it awfully suspicious that Transgenders can’t even pick a single day they celebrated…how many times each year are we forced to celebrate them! Very shady. 👀 Frankly it’s a slap in the face to all the upstanding single gender people in this country who are forced to keep track of these multiple days when maybe the dress/lip stick/high heal stores will be closed. Jesus Christ, pick a day and stick with it Transgenders!
    7 points
  29. GLhg6RmIZ5GlVS0BAI4FSNYy-PsobmdjAAAF.mp4
    7 points
  30. Piss off Fairfax County!
    7 points
  31. I upvoted both comments just to stir the pot.
    7 points
  32. Good Old Lawman, such a jovial guy, finds a way to turn every conversation into some weird, unsolicited, dick measuring contest. I know an Air Force TACP who killed a bunch of guys with his rifle. That’s way more dead guys than a lot of Army Infantry dudes have killed…See how obnoxious that sounds? Anyway, always loved this story. Air America UH-1 with an air to air kill on an AN-2. https://theaviationgeekclub.com/incredible-story-air-america-uh-1d-huey-shot-north-vietnamese-2-colt-biplane/
    7 points
  33. It goes way beyond Plastic. A society without soaps… most medications… superior lubricants to machine parts… fertilizers growing 8 billion people in food. The sheer stupidity of somebody that thinks human existence can exist at this scale without petroleum is just unaware of anything petroleum is used as a precursor or provides the bulk chemical make up of. They just think a barrel of oil = gasoline = bad stuff for global warming. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  34. He is there because WEF, Blackrock and Vanguard want him in that chair.
    6 points
  35. Bottom line, those MudHen drivers went to bed with a smile on their face, knowing they did a great job. Plus they garnered the admiration and Thanks of another nation. They will be honored in the future. Nice Job!
    6 points
  36. Well, as everyone probably knows by now, the U-2 is being divested. The entire thing has been a public affairs disaster on how to release the information. Still, there is very little going out, and I'll avoid crossing any lines. Needless to say, the capabilities the U-2 has and that are ready for prime-time are pretty significant. Oh well... someone thinks the money is better spent elsewhere. The last interviewee was hired in January. Could there be an extension in the U-2's future? I think so... for reasons I won't discuss. Unlikely, yes. But you just never know. Hail Dragons...
    6 points
  37. What's next, companies and billionaires are going to just *give* money to candidates in the hope they will get special consideration should the candidate win? Wait no, it's different because it's a PAC or campaign donation, right? You guys are trying too hard.
    6 points
  38. This is all you need to know. That's it. Everything else is just noise. In every other Court in America you have to have standing to bring forward a case. Even if someone beats the shit out of you, you have to tell the authorities that you want to press charges, or nothing can be done. New York decided to press charges on behalf of a "victim" that did not feel victimized.
    6 points
  39. Wait a minute, that’s something a commie would say…he’s a commie witch, burn him!
    6 points
  40. There is no explaining any of it other than PFM. An admin master sergeant just retired from my base after a career of clerk work, where he only deployed once, to a desk at the deid. Dude has 100% disability. Meanwhile, an old fighter pilot who has deployed countless times and can't look behind him without turning his entire body around is sitting at 40%. He who complains/documents the most, seems to end up with a high rating.
    6 points
  41. Exactly! Throw in a couple more Chinese hot air balloons and you’ll be giving Dick Bong a run for his money.
    6 points
  42. There are currently 2x US Apache pilots with air to air engagements against a type 3/4 UAS. That would be 1 more kill than a lot of guys flying things with pointy noses. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    6 points
  43. Mission success! A184C0B3-2E8C-49E1-ACE0-7C5ED5C4793F.mov
    6 points
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