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Academy Scandal Exposes Air Force’s Continuing Struggle With Sexual Assault

On her official webpage, US Air Force Academy (USAFA) Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michelle Johnson presents a list of seven books she suggests as professional reading. The list omits but should arguably include Shakespeare's Hamlet, since something is most certainly rotten in the state of Denmark. If recent reporting is even fractionally accurate, USAFA is still festering [...]

By | July 22nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|0 Comments

Lackland Rape Case Tossed on Appeal, Wrongly Convicted SNCO to Walk Free

After three years in prison and after enduring a hellish ordeal as bizarre as it was undeserved, MSgt. Mike Silva will soon be a free man once again. The Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals (AFCCA) has set aside his 2015 conviction for rape in an opinion laced with muted criticism of those who overzealously condemned [...]

By | July 21st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|7 Comments

Gut-Wrenching Letter Questions Legitimacy of Military Justice System

The text of the letter below was recently published at the Save Our Heroes facebook page and deserves a broader transmission. As you read through this letter, think about the fact that the author served as an Army JAG for 20 years. Think about how he now feels about a system he spent much of [...]

By | July 20th, 2017|Military, Reform|4 Comments

Air Force Restores Opportunities for Airmen With Massive Enlisted PME Reform

The Air Force is seriously getting its act together in some key ways recently. Not least among the recent signals that institutional reform is on the march: CMSAF Kaleth Wright's announcement of important and longed-for reforms to Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME). In an email broken on Steven Mayne's amn/nco/snco facebook page, Wright sketched the [...]

By | July 18th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|9 Comments

Air Force Eliminates School Selection at O-4 Promotion Boards

The text below is from an email sent by the Chief of Staff to his wing commanders and key leaders earlier today. In it, he makes a major policy announcement: that the service is ending the venerable process of using the annual Major promotion board results to determine which of its officers will attend in-residence [...]

By | July 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|6 Comments

Here’s an Example of How to Not Create a Positive Safety Culture

This isn't a huge story, but it manages to reveal a lot about what has become of the Air Force's service culture over the past several years. It's exactly this kind of buffoonish misprioritization -- in this case censorship at the expense of safety -- that has airmen running for the exits, with the most [...]

By | July 8th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|5 Comments

Air Force Threatens to Court Martial Airmen Who Fail to Report Relationship Rumors

Sometimes you read something so insanely stupid that you feel violated -- perhaps lobotmized -- after having read it. At the risk of making you all dumber than you were before, here's a window into the immeasurable inanity of the Air Force's service culture in 2017. In a 47-slide presentation recently foisted upon all personnel [...]

By | July 7th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|27 Comments