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Chuck17 last won the day on September 26 2022

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  1. Perhaps the real win in all this was watching AMC tell USTC to KIO when it came to Bravo alerts… Chuck
  2. PM or give a hint on your airframe. There are other ways, they may not be pretty/easy/conventional but they exist… and I may know a guy… Chuck
  3. Yikes. “How are we supposed to train with all these monthly training meetings!? The nerve!” Chuck
  4. https://www.military.com/daily-news/2024/03/22/army-4-star-who-pressured-panel-help-career-of-unfit-officer-suspended-facing-pentagon-investigation.html?amp The Army has their own way of doing things, that’s for sure… Chuck
  5. https://taskandpurpose.com/news/air-force-charleston-fired/ A couple of 628ABW kills at CHS with the standard reasoning… What was bad enough to take out SEL, Sq/CC, Grp/CC?! Chuck
  6. Ugh - Barno. He's in the same book with Bobby Farley... Tell me you're a two dimensional thinking ground pounding outta depth rube without telling me. Nevermind, it's in the title of the article. There is no such thing as "air littorals" - that'sa made up subdivision nonsense term used by those incapable of thinking over the next hill, and used to justify imaginary lines of control ON THE GROUND on some map. There's just "air"... Thats the whole point of the USAF. F-35's countering drones? WTF dude. While everyone is scrambling to try and counter the drone threat, I'd offer if there's one service that's not ready to counter drone warfare, its the crunchies on the ground. Not the ADA guys mind you, but the infantry platoons that will be at the pointy-home-built-drone-end of the spear... Don't waste your time -- Schools love touting their retired three stars, whether they are capable of rigorous objective unbiased thought or not. Chuck
  7. Standing by for another round of O6 command selection in which no less than a half-dozen-newly-selected wing commanders and vice wing commanders will by mystified (and somehow pissed) that they popped for a UPT O6 command because they were FAIPs once. Happens every time (somehow)... Chuck
  8. 11X colonels are also manned at just over 90%, so this isn't a huge shock, really. 12X are +120%. That said, I watched 13x O6 selects that I know personally bow out and retire over the last 18 months, some prior to but most just after just after pin on. There were barely 300 selects on my board - and I don't know that many people! So long as airline hiring continues, folks will walk away for a line number - its just a reality. More will go at the 24 year mark - for a variety of reasons, mostly because they hit TIG - leaving fewer choices for Wing Command and General Officer... Quite a difference from 10-ish years ago. Chuck
  9. The way of the future. Dont be shocked when AFSOC somehow gets nutrolled into this sacred cow slaughter... LOTS of folks will be running for the exits. OBTW, they've also realized that the USAF isn't only made up of "service-retained" assets, so the wunderkind working on this one still have a big question mark on some of those platforms and communities. It's a mess but the good thing is the homework is due in January, so Im sure it'll be fully baked by then (s). Im sure it'll be fine. Chuck
  10. https://www.expeditionarycenter.af.mil/About-Us/Fact-Sheets/Display/Article/438550/621st-contingency-response-wing/ The 621st MSOS is comprised of Air Mobility Liaison Officers (AMLO) and Expeditionary Air Ground Liaison Elements (EAGLE) who provide air mobility expertise to Army/Marine/Special Operations units at the Regiment, Division and Corps levels. Dispersed across 20 locations and 16 time zones, AMLOs of the 621st MSOS are fully embedded with their aligned joint units to support any exercise, deployment or contingency. AMLO operating locations include: Joint Base MDL, New Jersey; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Camp Pendleton, California; Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Grafenwohr and Wiesbaden, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Republic of Korea.
  11. I pin on next week. In the 2022 YG, they promoted 307 LAF-A’s, still the largest AFSC group… and I know a solid bakers dozen 11X’s personally that are walking or have walked away right as they pinned on or just prior. And I don’t know that many people! As has been said, stay or go, make the choice for YOU. I chose to stay because my wife is still in (ANG), we’ve got young kids who are flexible, my folks are in good health, and there’s command opportunity and the chance to maybe fly again - and I have no desire to be an airline pilot. But I tell you, I’ve never in my time thought about being done as much as I have in the last two years. Don’t make a snap decision, but be ready for anything. And if you stay, you’ll be surprised at the opportunity/responsibility thrown your way. 24 years (post group command) is the real cliff in old guy retention… So long as you make the right choice for you and your family, you can’t go wrong. Chuck
  12. Lots of traffic in the W-areas off NC Coast all of a sudden… Chuck
  13. I think this is a bit of an oversimplification of the issue. Operations of any large bureaucracy - particularly those that don’t work for profit - are remarkably similar in their shifting-wind policies and tolerance of ridiculousness, inefficiency, etc. But again, this shift is no surprise to anyone who’s watched things change over the last 20 years. If you’re caught in the middle, it sucks. Maybe this change is the last change. Maybe the long safe play is to just get one. I dunno. I copy on voting with your feet/not taking the bonus/not staying/etc. The USAF hasn’t demonstrated it’s serious about retaining pilots yet IMHO. Having seen the impacts of things like this at both the squadron and the staff levels, I’ll tell you each camp is convinced they’re in the right (that there’s a crisis/that there’s no crisis in retention)… Which contributes to fluctuating policies such as masters degrees… I was part of the “gotta have a masters or you won’t get promoted” cohort in the early 2000s. Got the first one via sacrifice of weekends to AMU in 2011. Enjoyed it for the most part but it was a time suck, even for a book nerd like me. Got sent to IDE and got another (had the opportunity to write about something of high interest, ended up publishing…) Got picked up for ASG and got another. Got picked up for SDE and got another. …. But what’s one do with four masters degrees? Retire and write? TBD. I appreciate the opportunity, but can’t argue in good faith that it’s an experience everyone should have. Chuck
  14. Anyone who is surprised or feels betrayed by this development hasn’t been paying attention. Sorry gents, as soon as they rolled out the “masking” umpty years ago there were plenty of old heads who said not to trust that things wouldn’t change once again. The USAF is fickle. It’s not a shock. Do your school. Or don’t. It’ll work out either way. The USAF payed for FOUR - count’em - 4x masters degrees for me. I (still) only need one, and even that is arguable. YMMV. Chuck
  15. Referencing who - specifically - here? Wing leadership? GOs? Staff Colonels? Just curious. It’s fair to say the messaging on this one has been low-key to borderline insufficient. PA was held back after the initial knee jerk “wtf” on the interwebs. But the fantastic (as in “bizarre”) suspecting on the commands motivations for this being made in the bozo-verse of retired grey-beards and airline bros is really wild. Ten years ago they told us - then demo’d - C-17s flying (essentially) fingertip across the ocean to save on gas… Ten years before that there were barely any crews outside of AFSOC qualled on NVGs… Some advances materialize, some are just demos… Eat some fiber and enjoy the show. To your other point - the USAF has its head so far in the sand re: pilot shortages it’s staggering. I’ve sat on both sides of this debate, but the shortages aren’t going away and no, it isn’t getting any better. Time to act on - not study (again…) - the problem. But that has nothing - zero - to do with this demo in the 46. Chuck
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