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  1. RIP. 🍺 - Chief Warrant Officer 3 Stephen R. Dwyer, 38, of Clarksville, Tennessee -Chief Warrant Officer 2 Shane M. Barnes, 34, of Sacramento, California. -Staff Sergeant Tanner W. Grone, 26, of Gorham, New Hampshire. -Sergeant Andrew P. Southard, 27, of Apache Junction, Arizona. -Sergeant Cade M. Wolfe, 24, of Mankato, Minnesota.
    22 points
  2. I just watched one of my sons graduate USN bootcamp. He shot expert! He's off to Coronado for SWCC training. The navy did a good job with the graduation. All of the people in attendance were super stoked that their loved ones were now sailors. All walks of life were present. Very cool seeing all different types of Americans being happy together and serving this great nation.
    14 points
  3. Just stay in, have the kid, take a year off, never be available when you come back, schedule kid appointments in the middle of the day, come off sorties constantly because “the baby had a rough night”, get sent to the wing after the article about being a fierce fighter pilot Queen that can do it all, get tagged for a deployment, immediately get pregnant again, repeat cycle.
    13 points
  4. My wife has yet to put any of my tools back in the correct spot either.
    13 points
  5. Newly released view of the inside of the cockpit of the advanced companion trainer for the B-21.
    12 points
  6. Liberals are 100% consistent: they want to defend the democracy in Palestine from the first-strike tyranny of Israel. Hamas values trans-rights and Israel just wants to ban music festivals and gay people. #freeukraine
    12 points
  7. 2026 airline interview: “We see you had a mishap in the Navy, can you tell us about that” ”well you see, I have long maintained a personal policy of never go around, because that’s what pussies do!”
    11 points
  8. At a certain point you realize that most people don't actually have political views. They have political positions. The difference is that a view requires research, dialogue, analysis, and for many things political, there's not a lot of reason for someone to do that. Why learn about abortion if you're not getting an abortion? Should the average American really have an opinion on Palestine when they don't even know where it is on a map? So whereas the military leadership class used to be conservative, it wasn't because they had conservative views, it was just because they wanted to be a part of the group of people who had conservative positions. Their superiors. Now that we are in a rapidly changing political environment thanks to the spread of populism, the military leadership class is suddenly seeming much more liberal than the lower ranks, because the political establishment of Washington is fiercely anti-populist, including most of the legacy Republicans. They were never conservative, and they're not truly liberals or progressives now. They're just yes-men. Groupies. Sycophants who will morph into whatever they believe will please their bosses most. And since Charlie Kirk runs on a platform of "government is the problem" and makes no exception for big-government Republicans, obviously the power players on Washington are going to despise him. And like good little soldiers hoping for a reward, the generals will follow suit, threatening the careers of anyone who dares question or criticize the political "leaders" the generals hope to please and one day join.
    10 points
  9. Tell me you don't do CAS without telling me you don't do CAS. "Hammering away"...I don't even have words other than thanks "SEAL of the Sky" for your input. Removing the 105MM is nothing more than moronic payback from two herbivore AFSOC/CC's that hate the gunship community. There is a story about how this all started and it had NOTHING to do with anything related to combat, rather Slife wanting to harvest manpower for a pet project and being told no because they had to keep X number of gunners on the AC-130J to man the 105MM. As a dude who has shot bad guys 27 meters form the friendlies, advocating for BVR CAS is one of the dumber things I have ever read on this forum. Slinging a Small Cruise Missile (SCM), at GPS coordinates is not CAS, doing it in a dynamic fight is Fing stupid and dangerous. As for "accuracy not being as good as folks think"...the advertised unclassified accuracy of the AC-130 is two mils. Again as a person who flew it once or twice, techniques like two-shot bring that much lower. The hammering away and they keep running scenario mentioned above is a function of poor employment or training, not the damn gun. Come on over some time, I'll pour you a glass of brown liquor and show you a couple hours of video 33 pound projectiles filled with 6 pounds of Comp B pissing-off all the virgins in Jannah because thanks to me "hammering away" with the 105MM, they are about to be overrun with business. Rather than guard core capabilities AFSOC leadership is grasping at straws trying to remain relevant in this pivot to peer/near-peer, the Air Force is feeding that mantra as we slowly walk away from what should be a fierce dedication to those on the ground, reference insert A-10 retirement as further proof. I am not opposed to adding SCM to the gunship arsenal, it would add a great stand-off capability to suppress semi-permissive threats in CORE SOCOM mission sets, but if having 30 gunships with SCM is the key to the fight against China, we've already lost.
    10 points
  10. Disingenuous? This argument would stand a much better chance of being solved if the pro-abortion side was honest about their intent. The truth is, people who are pro-abortion are scared of ruining their careers, commitment, finances and scared of the changes to their body should they have a child. Can’t have stretch marks in this social media crazed day and age. Instead we get to argue over some arbitrary number of weeks. It’s all the same in the end, you’re ending your own child’s life. Or, we get to talk about things that are statistically irrelevant like rape and incest. Or, we get to talk about the life of the mother which is getting harder and harder to argue with the advances in medicine. The left will never agree to something firm in this argument. As stated by many above, it’s a political football that consistently produces winners and losers. It’s too valuable of a political commodity to put to bed. Meanwhile, millions of children are being murdered in the name of politics, selfishness and irresponsibility. It’s all disgusting.
    9 points
  11. Let me educate you with one of my favorite documentaries so you don’t keep embarrassing yourself.
    8 points
  12. You’re a helo pilot. Every input you’ve ever made is batshit and an affront to aerodynamics.
    8 points
  13. 8 points
  14. The thread has devolved into a broader discussion on divesting older platforms in the name of making difficult choices given current threats which may be true but is NOT the case with the potential 105MM removal. It will actually COST money to take the 105MM off the gunship. This is a punitive decision made by a cud eating lunatic and endorsed by his caustic clown-penis puppet. It started as an exercise to harvest ops manpower for functions that have nothing to do with SOF core competencies. With regard to divesting other legacy platforms I certainly agree that in many cases it makes sense given the capabilities of 5th and 6th gen platforms. We make fun of Fat Amy but the simple fact is in the air to air realm, if the Raptors and Fat Amy are playing it is an unfair fight, as it should be. The problem is our single-minded focus on this one mission...yes we have a duty to kick down doors and project airpower and national policy, but we also have a sacred duty to protect those on the ground. Luckily the benefit of our 5th and 6th gen capabilities extends to stopping an enemy air force but it is myopic to think it ends there. I am sorry but a cloaked up Lightning with 181 rounds of 25MM and a couple GBUs does not replace an A-10. When all is said and done we are spending a TRILLION dollars on Fat Amy, perhaps I am a dinosaur but I think we can part with a few $ to find away to provide CAS for future generations.
    8 points
  15. Well done! https://www.hurlburt.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/3593164/hurlburt-field-u-28a-crews-awarded-distinguished-flying-cross-first-ever-for-dr/ Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    8 points
  16. "Equality" is camouflage for special privileges.
    8 points
  17. He's lucky to have such supportive fathers!
    8 points
  18. Right up until they started defending themselves, roughly.
    8 points
  19. 8 points
  20. I take all of this with a massive grain of salt. First of all, hypersonic capable missiles and aircraft have been around since the beginning of the space race, so we should clarify terms. Maneuvering hypersonic weapons that don't follow a ballistic trajectory is what we're really talking about. And even those aren't turning out to be the silver bullet everyone thought they were. Russias claimed "hypersonics" are basically just air launched ballistic missiles that are easy to, and have been intercepted. China's hypersonics, while a more compelling design, are very shiny but entirely unproven. Like most of the rest of their military. How many foxbat-esque supposed world beating weapon systems have to be exposed as dogshit before we start to understand that corrupt communist dictatorships massively inflate their military capes? Im not saying we should discount these threats, but perhaps the reason we're "behind" on paper is because we're trying to build something that's actually effective rather than a PR stunt.
    8 points
  21. To find the enemy, you must think like the enemy.
    7 points
  22. The 10 mm socket was never found...
    7 points
  23. Hey! This is the airline thread, take your bullshit Air Force promotion acronyms down the hall to the what is wrong with the AF thread. Soooo...anything good on the airline front? I was able to dump my entire schedule next month, so that's good. 🤣
    7 points
  24. My Senator (Sen Mike Rounds) actually did a ton that you would never hear about. He is a genuinely great person. I know it is popular to hate Congress but he made a real difference for the military and for constituents, including regular Airmen that were getting screwed over by DoD. For example, I made a trip to Ellsworth when I was there and met with the Vice WG/CC. He told me that they were having issues with Tricare. There weren't enough providers in certain specialties and the providers they did have were taking months to get paid. This was negatively impacting families that had children that needed to see specialists. When I got back to DC, the Senator asked me how my trip was and I conveyed the Tricare problems. He was not happy. The next week we had the Admiral in charge of DHA in our office and the CEO of Healthnet, the Tricare provider in the region. He let both of them know it was unacceptable what was happening. They both promised to fix it and they did. Within a month, the Vice WG/CC called back and told us things were much better and the providers were paid immediately. Of course you would never hear about this. But this is the type of stuff we worked on day in and day out. I also worked on increasing the number of O-5 control grades for the ANG, and it passed into law in the 2019 NDAA. This opened up more billets for O-4s to get promoted to O-5. Again, you never hear about this but it has a real impact for military families. You see a lot more of the grandstanding and BS in the House. Many of the bills over there are simply PR stunts that would never pass. We did none of that. Other than deploying and dropping bombs, my year on the Hill was the best year I've had in the AF. There is so much ability to make an impact there compared to what you can do in the Pentagon. I'm not saying Congress as a whole is great and I'm not defending their ability to get anything done. But in my little corner of the Senate, we worked extremely hard with a small staff and made a huge impact.
    7 points
  25. Some partisan race-baiter who poses as a journalist at Deadspin (whatever that is) concocts a story about some kid wearing blackface at a Chief's game and tries to shame the kid on social media. Epic Fail...turns out the kid is wearing Chief's colors and the headdress? Also, turns out the kid is bona fide and registered Native American. Many Chiefs fans are planning to wear black and red face paint to the next game in a show of support for this kid, who has been getting attacked by the woke left.
    6 points
  26. Alright dudes and dudettes, From a credible source... there were ~200 applicants and ~110 selects. Please reference below for approximate numbers: Pilot Selects - 70 CSO Selects - 20 RPA Selects - 10 ABM Selects - 10 The numbers don't sound great but there is a chance we get selected! Stay prayed up and lets hope this credible source meant ~110 pilot selects instead.
    6 points
  27. Fixed it for you.
    6 points
  28. Also work for a female Col at WG, get sent to staff with perfect strats, then get school when all the people putting in time on the line are denied. Have said Col order your attached SQ/CC to upgrade you, take 18 months on a specially made syllabus, then never fly and ask the SQ/CC to make you an evaluator on paper. Come back as the SQ/CC, don’t deploy, wreck any lethality of the team and continue upwards. Much inclusivity, very diverse and warrior queen.
    6 points
  29. Given the choice of saving innocent human life vs losing elections, I'll stand for life every single day. Without life nothing else matters (no rights to protect). I understand losing elections means the democrats get to decide who they allow to be killed, but the principle remains. We just need to do a better job of framing the question/topic and recognize that not every jurisdiction is happy with the exact same restraints (sadly even on the killing of babies). The 2nd amendment in our republic is/was/always has been law, abortion was a made up right to kill innocents. They are not even in the same ballpark. Comparing those two is like comparing the right to own material possessions with the right to kill someone you don't like.
    6 points
  30. BLM, Palestine/anti-Jew, etc. protestors - they are all people without a shred of individual thought and amount to nothing more than useful idiots for anti-American causes. I’ll hold my breath waiting for any of these jackasses going to jail.
    6 points
  31. I've worked in the same circle several times. Having 50,000 positions that require Senate confirmation is ludicrous and obviously part of the problem. Judges represent many of the vacancies and that needs to be addressed because of the impact it has on our judicial system (particularly with regard to immigration cases). The Air Force nominate 20-25 Colonels to become Generals each year...the other services have about the same number. The Senate has a DUTY to review those nominations and 100 a year is not asking too much. There should be a a heavy review when making O-7 and another look for O-9 and above.
    6 points
  32. Ya know at this point in my life, I think “what do their moms look like?”
    5 points
  33. We have the best job in the world and we still bitch about it. I love it. My uncle just retired from a legacy after 40 years of service and he said if you walk into a room full of pilots and no one is bitching then get the f*** out because something is terribly wrong.
    5 points
  34. I'm still confused that anybody in the military would hold a general to some sort of higher expectation. If anything my experience demonstrates that they are less likely to impress. These are the people that taught themselves to love the taste of shit just so they could one day be a general. The ultimate "yes men". They were not promoted in the field due to battle competence.
    5 points
  35. 5 points
  36. And now we wait! Wishing you all a good Thanksgiving weekend and that it takes your mind off of waiting for results!
    5 points
  37. As someone who was picked up on that board, I love it. Rooting for you guys to get selected. I just finished upt today. Feels like a dream.
    5 points
  38. No matter what the next crazy event is.... if the synchronized narrative immediately becomes "no time for deep thought and debate, we must action this now!" you can bet outcomes will favor globalist progressives, cost more than we can afford, restrict freedom, and all initial reporting will turn out to be lies. some of us are debating the things themselves. I encourage us to start looking for patterns & be predictive. We are Psyops targets.
    5 points
  39. 6 years today. All gave some, some gave all. 🥃
    5 points
  40. It’s because he’s a nav
    5 points
  41. 5 points
  42. The funny part about this is with a LSCO fight we keep forgetting about our opponents SOF and what they will be doing. It is entirely possible we will need a heavy dedicated asset to remain behind the forward line of troops in the support zone both to keep an eye on whatever strongholds we bypass, as well as be there to smack the shit out of whatever irregular forces they try and hit us with. Nobody wants to brief that as their chosen mission set because it’s not sexy. I for one would feel a lot better in a division combined arms rehearsal or target decision board if we weren’t standing around a table but simultaneously worried about Charlie jumping the wire while the MPs are busy picking their noses. The murder bus being overhead for persistent security would help solve that. That would be the Gunship truly going back to its roots in being the overhead persistent ass whooping for any ground troops in Asia. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    5 points
  43. "We should trust and support the government sending our money to Ukraine because we can't trust the government to spend the money wisely at home." You've read a lot of other posts here as to why we should be spending money on Ukraine. Some of them are actually understandable and intelligently argued. Why would you follow that up with what is perhaps the dumbest, most asinine argument of the entire thread?
    5 points
  44. You have become the submarine to hunt the submarine.
    4 points
  45. Yeah, but it's modified so you can turn the heat off fro the back seat.
    4 points
  46. looks like i did have it figured out. kiss the ring.
    4 points
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