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lloyd christmas

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  1. https://patch.com/pennsylvania/horsham/horsham-military-pilot-injured-daughter-killed-plane-crash I’ve know Deane for a long time. I first got to know him when he was flying F-16s in the Fort Smith, AR guard. Terrible news to say the least. Many thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family for the loss of their daughter.
  2. Interesting analysis. I’ve known where most of the folks I’ve flown with went to school but not all of them. I couldn’t tell you what any of their majors were in college. The biggest difference I’ve seen is who was a prior E.
  3. I voted for Trump twice and I agreed with nearly all of his policies. But, I’ve got to admit that the real tipping point for this country will be if he runs again. Not if he wins. If he simply announces his intention to run. I hope the pendulum swings hard right but it’s got to be with someone other than Trump.
  4. I don’t have enough words to describe the amount of disgust I feel for you if you look at your fellow squadron members who are making the hardest decision of their life as a promotion opportunity for yourself. Your brain is broken for even thinking that way. As a senior leader, I have had grown men come to my office and completely break down. It’s heartbreaking to watch some of the most competent and loved informal leaders describe their position on these mandates. They have legitimate concerns based on personal factors.
  5. This shit has gotten really really old. He’s not the president anymore.
  6. I can remember a time when I held a very firm belief that our government wouldn’t actually make a run on our right to own guns. This was largely due to the fact that I didn’t think there were enough members of our military or police force that would salute smartly and do the work necessary to remove guns from law abiding citizens. I’m clearly wrong. Hell, I’m convinced that there are folks on these very threads that would gladly get behind gun confiscation efforts.
  7. The guard and reserve pay systems didn’t mix the few times I tried to get on orders to conduct training at a reserve unit. I had to log comp time as a technician since they couldn’t get me on orders. That may have changed since then. It’s been a few years.
  8. The administration informed us today that hundreds of US citizens were left behind. US citizens… The last US military personnel left today and the war has been declared over after 20 years. Yet, nothing today from the President. Nothing. It’s truly astounding.
  9. There should only be one big ass thread on BO.net Just one. The topic of this thread is “The Next President is….” and you guys are talking about Test Pilot School and ARMS products. This place is just one big argument.
  10. I disagree with your thoughts about the Trump 757. I think I understand your overall point though. There are a lot of comments, opinions and lots of blame being laid on Trump. Folks are talking about what Trump would have done in the last few weeks. I think it’s bigger than that. Literally everything leading up to these last few weeks would have been different. Planning and decisions would have been different, generals and senior staff would have been different, there wouldn’t be a huge focus on woke shit and Trump wouldn’t read from a teleprompter and walk off without answering questions. The enemy recognizes weakness. And right now we are projecting weakness.
  11. This administration is in real trouble. Rightly so and very predictable. Biden was a terrible politician, known for dishonesty and unpopular prior to the election. But, he wasn’t Trump. That’s why he won. Harris is absolutely awful on every level. My question is, how does this play out if Biden doesn’t survive this Afghanistan debacle? I would argue that this is one of the worst, self inflicted, embarrassing and unforgivable situations that our country has ever been through. It’s been handled with complete dishonesty and lies. There has been zero empathy and ownership. And it’s going to get worse. Much much worse. I’ve never seen anything like this. My community has been heavily involved in Afghanistan. We’ve got multiple guys in the squadron who have done the air advisor thing. They were embedded with the Afghans for 6 months at a time. I’ve never received as many late night calls from guys in my squadron as I have over this. We’ve had emails from the VA, counselors in the squadron, talks with commanders etc. And today, for the first time, I legitimately asked a buddy if he thought he was going to hurt himself. This stress is cumulative and we all have unique stories. It started in February 2020 with COVID and it’s culminated in this Afghanistan disaster. So, again, how does this play out? Do we see a resignation like Nixon? Do we watch this come and eventually go with Americans and their short memories? What are your thoughts and how do we handle it?
  12. We are learning the hard way what happens when you elect modern democrat politicians. I hope and pray that America wakes up and votes these people out of office starting with the next midterms.
  13. Speaking as a fellow enlisted aviator with years of OGV experience, I can say I’m glad I don’t work in a OGV section that would require me to write up the CDD Form 8 on a SQ/CC. My boss would handle that one. The AF can do all the investigating they want on that C-17 crew. They were put in a terrible situation and did the best they could with the information they had. They made heartbreaking decisions that they will live with for the rest of their lives. They will not be found at fault, nor should they, with all of the international attention on the incident. Commanders know what will happen next if they hit that button. It involves Congress and the media. I’ll tell you who is more scared than the crew. The commanders that put them there. A basic rule I learned as a young instructor and then evaluator some 16 years ago was to always ask yourself what the follow on training is if you hook someone. What is the follow on training for this? Are you going to take them out to the airplane to perform a exterior inspection or stowaway check???? They know their jobs and they did it well. They got the jet home without injuring another American. Let the decorations start rolling in. They deserve it.
  14. That’s gonna happen when someone dies. Hopefully, leadership has the crew’s back and understands their situation as the investigation plays out.
  15. We now have to ask the enemy we’ve been fighting for 20 years to secure the airfield so that we can evacuate our forces. If they don’t, it’s going to turn into an absolutely awful situation. More than it already is.
  16. I’m sure Bagram is still a defendable fortress. I wonder how much thought is being given to retaking it. I bet the 82nd brought their chutes to Kuwait when they showed up there a couple days ago. Bagram is roughly 35 miles from Kabul. I’ve made the hop in 7 to 10 minutes in the Herk. There’s going to have to be a safer place to operate/refuel/organize from other than the Kabul airport. You bring 5,000 troops into Kabul, you are going to have to get them out….
  17. In just a couple days we are going to see endless footage of an American embassy overrun by militant terrorists. Just about the worst optics we can have on the international stage.
  18. That’s the funniest thing I’ll see all year.
  19. Why do people on the left/Democrat party think they have the market cornered on accusing people of being conspiracy theorists??? That’s ALL that went on leading up to Trump’s election, during his Presidency and even now. Russia, Russia, Russia!!!!!!!
  20. Politics today. A governor getting recalled, another one about to get legitimately impeached, state legislators on the run, a shell president who is losing his mental capacities, trillions and trillions of dollars being spent, inflation at a 13 year high, open borders, unnecessary lockdowns, people getting paid more to stay home, etc. I’d say things are going really well!
  21. This brings up something I’ve noticed for years. In today’s day and age, nearly all demographics or groups of people are protected. You know the whole social justice warrior culture. We’ve got racism, xenophobia, homophobia, etc. There are words used to describe malice towards religious people as well like islamophobia and anti-Semitic. Christians are fair game though. Nobody blinks an eye when someone like @TheNewGazmo overtly denigrates Christians. It certainly shows what kind of person you are dealing with.
  22. This article doesn’t give death rates. Most articles don’t…. So, I poked around the CDC website and looked at the number of daily deaths due to COVID. In January there were days where upwards of 4000 deaths occurred. We are currently seeing 100 to 400 per day across the country. In the last 7 days the CDC website says 1999 people died due to COVID. It also says the death rate per 100,000 is roughly half of a percent. I’m glad I’m a Texan and I’m glad Gov Abbott is standing firm against lockdowns.
  23. I’ve pointed it out before…. Deny, deny, counter accuse. It’s a classic technique used by the left.
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