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“Torpedo” General Takes Aim at Wrong Target

Yesterday, we reported on remarks made by Brig. Gen. John Shapland at the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) flight ops summit in which he threatened to "torpedo" the careers of airmen who would exploit "loopholes" to escape their active duty service commitments. "I know people" ... he reportedly sneered, betraying more than a hint of [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|11 Comments

General Threatens to “Torpedo” Careers of Air Force Pilots Who Choose to Leave

This past Monday, Brig. Gen. John Shapland addressed a gathering of Air Force Materiel Command leaders at the command's flight operations summit at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. According to several independent sources who were present for his remarks, Shapland said the following in reference to the Air Force's unfolding pilot retention crisis, prefaced [...]

By | March 23rd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|27 Comments

Open Letter to Gen. Dave Goldfein

Gen. Goldfein, Writing you this letter regarding the video below, which you sent to airmen in response to the recent Marine Corps scandal involving the use of social media to exploit female Marines by sharing their private images on social media without authorization. I understand why you released the video. Truly, I get why it was [...]

By | March 19th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

Senate Rejects Air Force Push to Promote Miley Gate Commander

Last fall, the Air Force nominated Col. Brian Hastings for promotion to Brigadier General. It was a deeply controversial selection given Hastings' role in the "Miley Gate" scandal, wherein he used his authority to hound and punish a group of instructor pilots over the content of text messages seized from their private cellphones. At the [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|17 Comments

Air Force Backpedals on Enlisted Professional Military Education Requirements

Over the last couple of years, in a reckless and deeply unpopular policy move, now-retired E-9 James Cody pushed through mandatory timelines for developmental course completion -- timelines that imposed strict consequences on airmen who failed to meet them, regardless of the circumstances. This was done without making sure the testing resources were in-place, and [...]

By | March 14th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|20 Comments

Last One Out of the Air Force, Turn Out the Lights [Video]

The Air Force is 60,000 airmen short. Here are five people who can be re-purposed toward that shortage. Bent on dissolving those pesky last few shreds of dignity, this gaggle decided to get in front of a video camera, in uniform and evidently while on duty during duty hours, and jig about like drunken morons. And [...]

By | March 12th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|15 Comments

Vance Group Commander Institutes Mass Booze Crackdown

On the one hand, we have the Air Force's most senior generals allegedly working feverishly to devise ways of keeping more pilots in the service. On the other hand, we have small-picture commanders in the field animated by myopia and risk aversion implementing polices that drive pilots out the door in droves. Here's another example. [...]

By | March 11th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|43 Comments
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