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  1. I propose a toast: To the incompetence of Iranian aviation. Hear, hear! And on a positive note, congrats to President Raisi: he quit smoking yesterday!
    13 points
  2. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    8 points
  3. I’ve essentially turned into a single issue voter, and that is, “will anyone please do something about the invasion, of our own country that is currently happening??!!” Millions of people pouring into the US - unchecked, unmonitored, unvetted, and unregulated…I know, I know, pretty far out there political view. I must be a racist.
    7 points
  4. Point of order, this picture should be in the “What’s Right With the AF” thread. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    7 points
  5. Yeah, odd that an army that has been starved of ammunition has been unable to stop hordes of convicts and conscripts and turtle tanks being thrown at them.
    7 points
  6. The douche canoe below known as Cat 5 (he has done more damage than a Cat 5 hurricane), also known as Fat Tony. As a SQ/CC he gave out 20+ Commander directed Q-3's, he tried to punish a U-28 crew dog with an LOR for losing his weapon only to lose his weapon a short time later and have it covered up when his Chief found his gun in the shitter. He was "soft fired" by the SOCOM/CC Gen Brian Fenton. Multiple people in the room/on the line for numerous confrontations between the two including a VTC in that dissolved to a shouting match. Fenton being the four star CC called CSAF and said move him or I will publicly fire him. USAF in it's infinite wisdom decided to save this piece of $hit and screw all the cadets at the Academy. They don't want any more bad press. Former AFSOC/CC and now VCSAF Jim "Slife the Knife" Slife has maneuvered to PURPOSELY keep gunship guys out of play (In the history of the only command that has gunships there have only been three gunship guys to command AFSOC....three out of the last four CC's have been Pavelow dudes...Fat Tony is a Talon turd, the only platform that will lift him off the ground. Slife is a complete sycophant who thinks only BPZ folks are qualified to command. He knows better than ANYONE...truly a HORRIBLE HUMAN. BGen Mike Conley is a well respected Pavelow/CV-22 dude, has been nominated to go from BGen to LtGen and become the next CC. He is level-headed and thoughtful and will hopefully bring some peace and stability to the command.
    5 points
  7. Some episodes from the "last show" that I enjoyed: - The Abraham accords giving us the first glimpse of real peace in the Middle East in my lifetime - illegal immigration plummeting to levels that now seem like a fucking dream today - The Republican party finally moving away from the gay marriage fight - regulatory rollback - massive energy production - someone finally treating China as an adversary, not the benevolent trading partner - A Supreme Court that does not view the Constitution as a Fixer-Upper - A president willing to call NATO/EU out on their hypocritical bullshit So if that's going to get cranked up to 11, I'm not seeing a huge problem. Now, if you are referring to the social unrest and rioting that surrounded January 6th, I have a hard time understanding how that was any better or worse than the BLM rioting. Hell, I wish BLM rioting was what we were dealing with now. If I have to choose between Americans rioting over their fears over Democratic institutions, or rioting where thousands of Americans are literally supporting terrorists and the Democratic party is bending over backwards to appease them, I think I choose the Trump riots, even cranked up to 11.
    5 points
  8. If I was in command, there would be huey gunships, P-38s and A-26s. We wouldn’t last 5 minutes in a war but we'd have some fun training. And your commander would be an Air Force O-3E.
    4 points
  9. I've got to disagree with you on this one. Look, my leadership was dog shit when I was court martialed, they basically trusted one misquoted OSI statement and assumed I was guilty for 6 months. But one thing they did well was keep silent publicly. And I wouldn't have expected any sort of public vocalization of support. They had no idea if I was innocent or guilty. You don't back a potential criminal; you quietly provide support to an innocent-until-proven-guilty person until the process is played out. But when you have a video that shows, at a bare minimum, a very uncertain situation that probably didn't go the way you would hope it would, then you should not be making any statements that imply your subordinate did the right thing. Because how can we trust in the process when one of the people who is a literal avatar for the process, the police chief, is not acting in accordance with the concept of blind Justice? I don't think a police chief should be fired because one of his guys fucked up, unless and until the process shows a leadership failure. But part of the police chief's job is public relations, and reflexively supporting an officer who, to my eyes, looks to have murdered an innocent man, is a failure of his position. The tragedy in all of this is that policing very much does need an overhaul in the US, which is an argument from the left. Unfortunately the left has only bad and completely misdiagnosed solutions, whereas the right, I believe as a result of the left's unfair crusade, is reflexively supporting the police to the detriment of potential reforms.
    4 points
  10. I mean, let's put it in perspective: the discussion of land lost in the last year is 0.2% of Ukraine's land mass (As of this morning at 6am: 552 sq miles out of 233,062...Source). I am sure any countries leader worth a damn would say their definition of victory is to regain ALL invaded territory. It isn't very realistic for him to publicly say he is okay with Crimea being the sacrificial lamb. Behind closed doors in a negotiated settlement? Maybe it'll be different. But I can't fault him for his patriotism. I think well equipped Ukrainians can regain land from the Russians, after all, from June to December they liberated 199 sq miles. Russia has "only" occupied 294 sq miles from this April to May with their major offensive which coincided with Ukraine's major artillery shell shortage. Meanwhile, an underequipped Ukraine is still managing to schwack oil depots and major infrastructure in Novorossyisk and a refinery in Tuapse, not to mention the attack on aviation assets in Belbek Air Base, to name a few recently. We will see how they do after the next shipment of equipment arrives.
    4 points
  11. If only we had this a few years ago, then we wouldn’t have failed in Afghanistan.
    4 points
  12. No wonder everything has been so fucked up (kidding).
    4 points
  13. There should be a cognitive test to vote, that would make a cognitive test for office irrelevant.
    4 points
  14. It’s not that they are too stupid, they assume we are too stupid to know any difference. They only look down on us. It’s the elitist attitude. Sent from my iPhone using Baseops Network mobile app
    4 points
  15. He was a really good dude who was loved by all and the AFSOC community is justifiably upset. Being a cop is not easy, daily life or death decisions, and as in this case you will be judged for the rest of your life by the choices you make. That being said, training and leadership set the tone and this department is floundering at best. As mentioned above this is the same department that mag dumped a police cruiser with a handcuffed person in the back because a freaking Acorn fell and hit the roof. This community has crime but nothing like other areas of the country. In the history of Okaloosa County the department has lost five officers to gunfire, four of those were domestic violence situations, the last one happened 2.5 years ago. Everything about this call is odd and to some degree the officer was led down a very bad path. HE certainly had poor training and I beleive in most other areas of the country domestic calls get two officers. They won't say who called, but the lady who meets the cop MUST be investigated. She guides the officer to Fortson's apartment then says she heard "something that sounded like domestic violence TWO WEEKS AGO." That is NOT exigent circumstances, there is no warrant, there is only hearsay, no probable cause, but the cop starts pounding away and ordering the door to be opened...a complete fail. Roger has zero duty to open that door and to be clear the courts have ruled that repeated official commands to open a door without a warrant probable cause invoke the 4th amendment. As far as punishment, Roger did not deserve to die, but he was one of the few that stepped forward and swore an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, I would hope all of us would honor his service and allow for the officer to enjoy the protections offered by that document. He deserves due process and if he is found guilty he should be held accountable, but should not be purposely thrown into the general population for "extra" justice. Rest easy Roger and thank you for your service.
    4 points
  16. For those not in the AFSOC-know, can someone break down who is who... where are they going... who and how did they promote from O-7 to O-9... and which ones are the douchebags? I can't keep up.
    3 points
  17. 3 points
  18. President of Iran #kobe'd himself
    3 points
  19. @Biff_T, your new truck is awesome!
    3 points
  20. It is such a fine line to walk as a Commander, you just never know. We had a guy get arrested for Child Porn. Everyone liked him and it seemed very out of character. He professed his innocence and a lot of people publicly defended him. When it was over he set the all time DoD record quantity for Child Porn being found on a computer...Gigabytes...including stuff with toddlers. As a Squadron/CC I got a call from the 57th Wing/CC around 0200 one Friday night..."why did one of your troops abandon his pregnant wife on the side of I-10 in Florida?...she just called the command post!" The troop in question was a bit odd, he had a few minor slip-ups but nothing major. That being said everyone thought he was guilty. Fast-forward a restraining order and a long investigation, it turns out the lunatic wife was three days from being his ex-wife when the event occured. After having been separated for over a year (bad on him for waiting so long), she was finally served papers which led her to act out. She was NOT pregnant, in fact she had a hysterectomy three years prior. She was living in Jacksonville with her drug dealer boyfriend (who actually dumped her on I-10). As soon as my troop was cleared he went on a quick TDY and when he came back the still almost ex-wife (the courts put the process on hold while he was investigated), had moved into his house...along with her drug dealer boyfriend! I had to move him on base for three months while the courts finished the divorce and she was evicted. Turns out, thanks to my first shirt, the troop had done EVERYTHING by the book, including paying spousal support based on the Florida support calculator. You just never know.
    3 points
  21. 72, I have a little combat time on it. This is the plane that did the semi split S in Desert Storm. Then pegged the g meter. Parked at Cannon now.
    3 points
  22. Not from an exercise...I can assure you.
    3 points
  23. Sort of and I should clarify...The accused is always assumed innocent from a legal perspective. However there are some additional burdens/limitations on those holding G Series orders: 1. A commander should never default to public statements of innocence or guilt. 2. Commanders and designated Magistrates (many don't realize that the MSG/CC is also a federal magistrate at some bases), have some limitations and requirements that don't allow for absolute proclamations of innocence. As an example a commander will assume innocence and won't administer punishment without due process with all the protections (representation), the accused is entitled to have. However, they may also authorize pre-trial confinement. 3. Serious crimes outside the bounds of NJP go to a Courts Martial which purposely is usually removed from the commander's purview. I had a bad rape case and the defense convinced the judge to bar me from attending the proceedings. I had flown with the accused for many years so they used that to keep me our of the courtroom. I was never going to attend anyway but it was interesting when the judge sent an the order of to the Wing HQ. Make sense?
    3 points
  24. Crimea is currently under effective siege. If it wasn’t the Russian Black Sea fleet would still be in harbor there and the biggest airfield on the Island wouldn’t have spent the last several days on fire. If this ends at the tables as all wars have, negotiation positions will make all the impact in what final terms are. The lunacy is people like Gearhog demanding that there is some kind of righteousness in the west abandoning Ukraine to its self like it can then enter those negotiations with any kind of leg to stand on. Germany tried that in WWI with the allies basically saying “sign this or else” and the inability to continue fighting. They were done because means = 0. Russia would simply demand absurd amounts and swallow the largest land mass in Europe through ineptness by the west, and then look at the Baltics (which Putin thinks are his by right) like “who is really gonna stop me.” We should cease our more active efforts of support only after hostilities have ended, not as some sort threat of withholding it to beat the peace out of the a Ukrainians. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    3 points
  25. She’s a pretty shitty chief diversity officer if she(?) doesn’t list her pronouns in her signature block ….
    3 points
  26. There should absolutely be a drug test for the debates. I don't believe for a second that he wasn't on something last time. Watch the last debates and then watch him completely whiff at softball tosses the press gave him in the weeks before and after. Two different people. He still wasn't 1970s or 80s Biden at those debates, but he also wasn't senile grandpa in a home like he is most of the time either.
    3 points
  27. That was painful to watch. Ironic that the video is comparing one mentally impaired president to another. All the shit that Reagan got, yet he was the image of perfect health compared to what Biden has become.
    3 points
  28. I did not appreciate the tone of the Sheriff’s press conference, when he basically justified the murder before showing the video. Pointing out with emphasis the lame excuses that will be given for the ridiculous choice to unload your gun into someone who is no threat, in their own home. Just say you are sorry, that you feel horrible for the family of the victim, that you fully support murder charges, and that you are resigning because your department is full of trigger-happy douche-canoes.
    3 points
  29. A human can but apparently a Democrat cannot.
    3 points
  30. That goes back to Rainman's mantra of never passing up the opportunity to keep your big mouth shut!
    3 points
  31. We're already at war with China, just not the kind we are prepared to fight. We are not winning.
    3 points
  32. Everything becomes just a job, not everything is as cool as flying. I spent lots of time not flying in the military and nearly 100% of the time I did not enjoy those duties. However, the flying I got to do was so fun/rewarding that it offset the mundane non-flying tasks for most of my career. Eventually the sting of those non-flying duties, paired with being gone (TDYs/Deployments), ever changing tactics/systems, it no longer offset it for me. This is when I knew it was time to retire. Do I wish I could still go hop in the jet and fly a High Aspect BFM ride, you betcha...do I miss all the other BS, not a chance. I would 100% say go for it, I can't imagine you'd ever regret it.
    3 points
  33. Hey folks, over the next few weeks, I'll be migrating to a newer server. There may be some random down time and/or a few lost posts when I "flip the switch". I'll alert everybody with a sticky post and it'll be in the middle of the night sometime in the next few weeks.
    2 points
  34. I get your point, but you're recommending basically succumbing to an admission of guilt before the investigation is complete. Not saying he was correct in his statements, but you're rushing to judgment. Due process is still necessary no matter how much "evidence" is presented on social media. Anyone in the military who has been subjected to the "guilty until proven innocent" approach should be very cognitive of that. There's always more to the story...and a process to uncover the truth!
    2 points
  35. Thanks for the reminder of why I retired instead of staying.
    2 points
  36. Nothing Racist to see here. I like her bald head though. Doesn't make her look like a Black Neo Nazi or anything like that. She is my enemy. Fuck her. Edit. Like her, I'm tired of black men murdering my Aunt Julia for no reason. I'd call that failing up. https://www.thewetumpkaherald.com/news/reoccurring-nightmare-parole-hearings-force-victim-to-relive-murder-attempt/article_beced49e-2abf-11eb-9e1d-139022db17b7.html The cool thing is Oprah did a special on the guy who pulled the trigger, Benjamin Oryang. She praised him for being a model prisoner but Oprah never once talked about what he did to my aunt Julia Lindsey. She had just dropped off Christmas presents for my cousins and myself at my Grandmother's house as my Aunt had guard (Army) duty over Christmas. My mom had to identify my aunt by her hands, as my aunt's head was pink misted by a high power rifle at point blank range. I woke up on Dec 17 at 0300 hours to my mom's screams. That was her baby sister. She had to identify the body. My birthday happens to be Dec 17. Needless to say, that kinda ruined all of my birthdays since then. Tell that racist Rep. Pressley about my aunt and she will say I'm racist somehow. If the murderers would have asked my aunt for a beer instead, she would thrown them one with a smile. Edit: Here’s a review of that sweet book! Thanks Oprah!
    2 points
  37. Now apparently he wants to debate Trump.
    2 points
  38. Who cares if he plagarized a speech. He is CLEARLY the senile old man on your block who is starting to get angry at folks for thinking he's senile. It won't be long. There is no way he's president in a year. No way.
    2 points
  39. Commute worthy listening Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  40. Just released name as Capt John Robertson assigned to the 80th OSS. T-6 FAIP. Terrible tragedy.
    2 points
  41. Sending millions to their death is more of a Russian tactic, although I wouldn't put it past the CCP. However, I still believe China is avoiding the armed conflict, preferring the softer approaches (information, economic, etc.)...
    2 points
  42. After being paid to fly, some of us will pay to fly.
    2 points
  43. The flying never got old. It was like sex. The other stuff certainly did. Go for it, you won't regret it.
    2 points
  44. I’ve been in the HC-130J for 6 years now, and flying is always awesome. At this point in my career routine sorties are a reprieve from admin duties and tasks. After making instructor I’ve found it extremely rewarding from brief, execution and debrief both homestation and deployed. There is a bit for the variety of mission events we accomplish and it is always different knowledge levels across crew positions and individual experience. Hopefully landing on unlit LZs or flying dissimilar formation at on NVGs will never feel like a job. If it does that would be my cue to leave.
    2 points
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