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In Total Reversal, Welsh Admits Air Force is On Verge of Manpower Collapse

Two years ago, he decided to cut 19,000 airmen in one year instead of spreading those cuts over five years as Congress authorized. Now, [...]

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Congresswoman demands Air Force prove Fort Bragg doesn’t need air wing

Rep. Renee Ellmers is calling for the Air Force to prove it can support the Home of the Airborne without a dedicated airlift wing. Ellmers, [...]

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It Would Be Hilarious if it Weren’t So Frustrating

"Because the rule book says so." This is the reason for a million inane and counterproductive practices. The reasoning it exemplifies assumes any number of things ... that [...]

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Anatomy of a Whitewash

A few days ago, Air Force Times published an article covering the Air Force’s release of an Inspector General (IG) inquiry into disciplinary actions taken against [...]

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Colorful Screed Outlines Officer’s Decision to Bail Out

This iterative variation on the timeless (and some say useless) "Dear Boss" letter is nothing if not entertaining. It was first bandied about four or so [...]

  • Pallbearers from the 105th Airlift Wing carry the casket of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, during a Dignified Transfer of Remains service at F.S. Gabreski Air National Guard Base. Bonacasa was one of the six soldiers killed in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. Bonacasa was from Coram, N.Y., in Suffolk County and was a former member of the 106th Rescue Wing at Gabreski Airport. (U.S. Air National Guard / Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy / released)

Bronze Star for Valor awarded to two Airmen killed in Afghanistan

Pallbearers from the 105th Airlift Wing carry the casket of Staff Sgt. Louis Bonacasa Thursday, Dec. 31, 2015, during a Dignified Transfer of Remains [...]

  • Capt. Joshua Tyler, 755th Air Expeditionary Group Explosive Ordinance Disposal Operating Location B commander, reenlists Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, EOD craftsman, at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2008. The EOD team took advantage of a continuation training opportunity creating a "fireball" detonation at a safe distance to make the reenlistment more memorable. Sgt. Petrulis was one of the first to reap the benefits of the new reenlistment bonuses giving EOD personnel greater incentive to stay in the Air Force saving lives every day. He is deployed from the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., and hails from Higganum, Conn.

Air Force makes massive retention changes; bonuses up to $90k

Capt. Joshua Tyler, 755th Air Expeditionary Group Explosive Ordinance Disposal Operating Location B commander, reenlists Staff Sgt. Andrew Petrulis, EOD craftsman, at Kandahar Air [...]

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Broken Wings: the Cautionary Tale of IP7

The account that follows will make you cynical about the process of justice and basic fairness in the United States Air Force. But better the bristle [...]

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New Revelation Calls Into Question CSAF’s Role in Cleaning Up Miley Gate Mess

Late last fall, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh found himself unable to ignore a growing calamity involving one of his wing commanders, [...]

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New USAF Policy: Dropping in on Married Airmen in Their Homes

As the Department of Defense rolls out a series of policies aimed at making the military services more "family friendly," one of the Air Force's [...]

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Welsh Defies Congress, Turns Back on Wronged Laughlin Pilot

After it became plainly evident that one of his wing commanders had consigned several officers to professional purgatory on false drug charges for 18 months, riding roughshod over [...]

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Air Force veteran suing after he was accused of being associated with ISIS

  U.S. Air Force veteran Sadiq Long After being held in a Turkish deportation center and having his reputation smeared, a 10 -year [...]

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Laughlin: Updating An Unnecessary But Instructive Scandal

Reaction to a story posted here a few days ago has been remarkable in a number of ways, creating a timely moment for reflection on some of [...]

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Laughlin, While Citing Resource Shortages, is Using T-1 Sorties to Haul Party Supplies

Last week, Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) sent Air Force Chief of Staff Gen Mark Welsh a strongly-worded letter. He asked Welsh to explain why a pilot [...]

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Congressman Demands Explanation from Air Force on Leaked Investigation

In a comment exchange that unfolded on this blog over the last few days, Maj. Gen. Mike Keltz represented that he was familiar with the contents of [...]

  • In this file photo from Jan. 7, 2015, Maj. Gen. Mike Keltz, 19th Air Force commander (2nd from right), discusses current issues around the Air Force with Col. Brian Hastings (far left) and other members of the 47th Flying Training Wing leadership team in the wing conference room at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. Photo: Air Force, Steven R. Doty.

Disgraced 2-star Sounds Off on Miley Gate, Raises New Questions

In this file photo from Jan. 7, 2015, Maj. Gen. Mike Keltz, 19th Air Force commander (2nd from right), discusses current issues around the [...]

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Command Chief Knocks Leadership Message Out of the Park

Chief Roger Towberman is one of the more well-regarded of the Air Force's senior enlisted advisors. There are good reasons for that. As I wrote last [...]

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Congressman Throws BS Flag as Air Force Attempts Laughlin Take-Back

Is Gen. Mark Welsh's professed "love" of airmen genuine, or has he been perpetrating an elaborate fraud while making carefully calculated decisions that discard individual [...]

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Changes to Veteran Funerals: a Great Example of How “More With Less” Happens

A couple of years ago, the Air Force pulled the pin on a delay-fuzed outrage bomb. Recently, that bomb exploded. Veterans and their families have [...]

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The Real Story on Enlisted RQ-4 Pilots

After a review lasting longer than most presidential campaigns, the Air Force announced with considerable glee last month a "new initiative" to integrate enlisted pilots [...]

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Molly Hangover: Pilots Still Grounded After Being Cleared of Drug Use

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, Commander of Air Education and Training Command. Photo: Air Force. Just before Christmas, a trio of pilots at Laughlin [...]

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