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  1. I did AMU with a WWII history degree, finished it about 8 years back. Was fairly cheap, not too difficult (varied by instructor), and actually kind of interesting if you like history.
  2. Not down with a little cold packing?....
  3. So I’m gonna eat a little crow here cause I believe I gave you some shit on this topic a couple years ago; now this “may” become a reality. That being said, yes SOCOM/AFSOC is seriously looking at this. It would provide several interesting capabilities for the peer fight (not sure if specifics are appropriate for this forum). I think the major stumbling block (besides funding) is that the command is really shooting for the Moon (and maybe Mars) on what they’re asking for capes wise. I’d volunteer to fly it in a heartbeat but I don’t think it’ll become a reality before I retire.
  4. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/magazine/2021/03/15/russia-putin-invasion-ukraine-baltics-nato-475527 This was a pretty interesting opinion piece on this very topic, I hope things don’t come to a full blown invasion. I’m truly not certain what our decision caucus would be if that happens.
  5. It worked so well the time around, I say it all the time, the simple pendulum swings both ways.
  6. My wife’s a nurse at the local military hospital; the bulk of the personnel there have volunteered to receive the vaccine, she just got her second dose yesterday.
  7. Yes. There was a page long pre-screening questionnaire and part of that was consent to receive a vaccine that hasn’t been formally approved by the FDA.
  8. Hurlburt Field dispensed all their allotted doses this week. I got the 1st Moderna shot on Thursday, felt a little shitty yesterday but otherwise it wasn’t bad at all (personally thought anthrax and yellow fever were worse). As an added bonus, post vaccine my 5G download speeds have been incredible (4K UHD streaming pornog in the middle of the range, no problem!) and an image of Bill Gates constantly pops up in my periph with helpful dining out suggestions. Totally worth it!!
  9. Yeah, previously LaneHBO and Shazzam I believe.
  10. Two My parents bought me The Right Stuff movie (on VHS, movie is so long it took TWO tapes) when I was a kid. I know now that some of the stuff in the film was only loosely based in fact but I loved that movie, watched it all the time. Yeager and the guys of his generation beat one of the greatest evils on earth, then repeatedly strapped themselves into untested machines and kept pushing that envelope. Asshole or not, cheers to a great American. 🥃
  11. To quote a famous TV show, “Follow the money”. The Trump campaign has raised over $200 million since Election Day, much of it with no strings attached in regards to spending.
  12. I gave up. I always wore both sets of wings on my green bag and blues but with Velcro on the 2 piece multi-cam it just looks weird. I will say that I’ve seen a guy that permanently sewed both sets of wings onto his OCP two piece and that looked ok.
  13. While I know the AAR first time at night was not the cause of this mishap, I can relate to this trend in my community. Over the last couple of years there’s been a push to accomplish more and more METLs in the sim (don’t know if that’s the case in the Viper B-course). The FTU has been graduating guys who in some cases have never seen things like, example, a tanker at night outside of a simulator. This pushes the onus onto the line units where you have IPs who aren’t FTU instructors/aren’t in that mindset and generally have a ton of other things on their plate. Line unit IPs generally aren’t overly familiar with some of the syllabus limits that are referred to in this AIB because it’s not their job to be. Sims are great procedures trainers, and they’re great for replicating higher end capes we don’t want burned in the real world, but representative of how the aircraft feels/handles in the real world they are not, I don’t give a shit how good the engineers say the aero modeling is. There was a lot to unpack out of this report, I don’t have all the facts, and I haven’t read the SIB, but it really seems like leadership at multiple levels failed this LT. His IPs in the squadron, as much as it pains me to says this, failed him too. I’m definitely going to take some lessons learned out of this going forward with my students and the younger CPs/ACs I fly with.
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