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“Clueless” E-9 Totally Reverses Position on Service Morale

Here's what E-9 Shelina Frey said about Air Force morale back in November: Here's a sample of what I wrote about her remarks at the time. "It’s one thing to make a hollow statement when substance is needed. It’s another to actively misrepresent the truth for politics’ sake ... [b]ut it’s another still, and a far more [...]

By | February 25th, 2017|General|11 Comments

Former CMSAF Closes Out Career with Theatrical Waste of Time

Symbolically perfect. Here's the guy who presided over the evisceration of the enlisted corps. Massive manpower cuts combined with increasing requirements that made a mockery of the idea that airmen should have time to themselves. And how does he choose to be sent off? With a massive waste of time. The entire Air Staff stood [...]

By | February 22nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|16 Comments

Commander Embraces Basic Decency, Bans Nickelback in Workplace

In a decree reminiscent of the "no shirt, no shoes, no service" rule of yesteryear, a US Army officer has issued an order poised to restore fundamental decorum to his Command Post. No taste in music, no job in this command post. Fans of this so-called band are like the Yeti, or it's North American cousin, [...]

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

Lodging Bureaucrats Continue to Harass Airmen, Discriminate Against Businesses

Last week, we told you about the Air Force's corporate decision to reverse a misguided interpretation of its lodging policy that was threatening to throw hundreds of TDY airmen into financial hardship. At the core of the issue was a desire held by bureaucrats to protect the viability of substandard, government-run hotels on military bases [...]

By | February 19th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|5 Comments

Air Force Reverses Course on Lodging Policy

Once in a while, social media activism works.  Last week, we featured a story about an Air Force ruling forcing pilots attending long-term training to pay for their own lodging. The move put hundreds of pilots behind the 8-ball for thousands of dollars in lodging debt. https://www.jqpublicblog.com/so-much-for-wingman-culture-pentagon-ignores-federal-travel-regulation-steals-from-airmen/ Commentary here argued that the ruling, issued by [...]

By | February 14th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|6 Comments

CSAF Takes Huge Pilot Retention Risk, Lobbies for Civilian Hiring Restrictions on Air Force Pilots

In aviation parlance, the back side of the power curve is known as the "region of reverse command." In normal flight, a pilot controls altitude by changing pitch and controls airspeed with throttle setting. In the region of reverse command, the aircraft is in slow flight configuration, and these inputs must be reversed. Gen. Dave [...]

So Much for Wingman Culture: Pentagon Ignores Federal Travel Regulation, Steals From Airmen

Gen. David Goldfein says he wants to repair the culture of the Air Force. That he understands this is what's driving pilots and others to bail out at record rates rather than stay in uniform to fly, fight, and win for national defense. To effect culture change, he's going to have to do more than [...]

By | February 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power, Military Families|53 Comments
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