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John Q. Public is a project designed to enliven and invigorate an unofficial conversation about airmen, airpower, and the United States Air Force. It's also, more generally, a site devoted to hosting and providing strong, well-written content on a wide range of subjects from leadership to strategy, airpower, and veteran issues. You can provide tips or story suggestions at [email protected]

Yokota Wing Commander Diagnoses and Fixes Wrong Problem

Much was made about a "feel good" story recently reported by Stars and Stripes and later picked up by our sister publication Popular Military. The way the story goes, Col. Kenneth Moss, commander of the 374th Airlift Wing at Yokota Air Base in Japan, arrived to the base's Enlisted Club to participate in some sort [...]

By | July 7th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|0 Comments

Mike Silva: Poster Child for the Air Force’s Corrupt Court System

News came on April 24th that the Air Force had decided to drop all remaining charges against MSgt. Mike Silva, at long last drawing the curtain on a shameful saga of injustice and corruption. For Silva, it was an outcome he'd dreamt about for years while locked away in a jail cell, his life and [...]

By | May 13th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|0 Comments

Air Force Poised for Worst Decision in its Institutional History

The photo above, culled from a poorly written text jumble featured among the Air Force's Byzantine maze of official websites, showcases something more common and more unfortunate than is commonly understood. When the Air Force wants to provide perceptual legitimacy for a stupid decision or a bad policy, it gathers highly regarded officers together in [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|17 Comments

Academy Microaggression Debacle Illustrates Air Force’s Poor Leadership

Hat tip to Steven Mayne, whose facebook page continues to unearth fascinating examples of the best and worst from within the US Air Force. Recently, he's shared with us an example from the Academy that crystallizes the shite quality of InChargeShip we've come accept from the service's senior NCOs. This particular fiasco started with ... [...]

By | February 17th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|47 Comments

Senator Demands Answers in Shady Conviction of Maj. Clarence Anderson

Maj. Clarence Anderson was convicted of sexual assault in April, 2015 and is currently serving a 42-month prison term. He and his family have steadfastly maintained his innocence, petitioning the Air Force's courts and generals to revisit his case. Now, a United States Senator has jumped into the case, insisting in a January 24th letter [...]

By | February 5th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|20 Comments

Retirement Debacle Illustrates Why No One Trusts Government

Everyone expects to be fleeced by profit-grubbing businesses. Deceit and wallet-baiting by grimy grifters engaged in the capitalist game are embedded in the American way, for better and worse. But one does not, and should not, expect such treatment from the government, even and especially when that government is also serving as employer. Which brings [...]

By | February 4th, 2018|Government and Society|31 Comments

The Rise of the Gutless Air Force Colonel

The problem with promoting someone to Colonel is that doing so vests in that person a belief that s/he has been invited to the Big Time ... and is destined for generalship. Each of these beliefs is almost always mistaken. But in the time Colonels are suspended in these mistaken beliefs, they avoid risk so [...]

By | January 28th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|60 Comments