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Air Force Scrambles as Hundreds of Pilots Press for Answers on Bonus Debacle

When the Air Staff opens for business on Monday morning, one of the most pressing issues on the plate will be how to handle the unfolding mess of confusion and disarray in its aviation bonus program. Last week, we brought you news of this debacle, which is preventing pilots who voluntarily took bonuses a year before [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|5 Comments

From the Inbox: Downrange Chiefings Continue to Run Amok

We get a lot of mail here at JQP. From time to time, patterns emerge and it seems worthwhile to share some of the insight we're getting from those of you in the field, if for no other reason than to provide an entertaining chronicle of life in a service that often seems to have [...]

By | June 24th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|35 Comments

Bonus Shenanigans Expose Air Force’s Lack of Progress on Pilot Retention

A year ago, the Air Force began corporately acknowledging what everyone else already knew -- that it was dangerously short on pilots and projecting a future situation where it would not have enough of them to complete its mission. Knowing it was headed for the worst pilot shortage in its history, the service began rolling [...]

By | June 18th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|34 Comments

Air Force’s Senior Lawyer Pressured Prosecutors on Sex Case

Official Photo - Lt Gen Richard Harding (U.S. Air Force Photo by Michael Pausic) Yesterday, we told you about an Air Force rape case recently overturned by the military's most senior appellate court due to the appearance of unlawful command influence. Delivering its holding, the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed [...]

By | June 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|7 Comments

Air Force Rape Case Thrown Out Due To Unlawful Influence by Welsh, James

If the two bureaucrats in this picture look confused, it's because they are. These two did more to damage the Air Force in the four years as Secretary and Chief of Staff than anyone could have imagined in the darkest of dreams. In no area was their special blend of cynical rationalism and bumbling ineptitude [...]

By | June 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

Reality Winner, Security Loser

We've learned this week that former airman Reality L. Winner has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of unlawfully revealing classified information. Winner is accused of sharing with an online media agency an NSA report detailing Russian attempts to tamper with the US Presidential election. The 25-year-old Texan apparently gained access to the report [...]

By | June 6th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|23 Comments

Comment: Air Mobility Command’s Retention Task Force

It was just a few months ago that Gen. Dewey Everhart appealed to officers across Air Mobility Command (AMC) for their suggestions on how to stem the unfolding pilot retention crisis gripping the command. As reported by Air Force Times, his appeal generated hundreds of suggestions, which he then handed off to a task force [...]

By | June 5th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|4 Comments
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