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Well, Bye.

Here's an excerpt lifted from the "USAF Women Officer Forum" ... a semi-private Facebook group that has apparently devolved into a cheerleading section for soon-to-be-former Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James. "Ladies - Shameless post/plea! I help run Secretary James Facebook page and we are really close to getting to 75K likes before [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|8 Comments

E-9 Attempts to Restrict Protected Speech

Chief Master Sergeant Donald W. Stroud had the following email sent to the masses of the 388th Fighter Wing earlier this week on his behalf. Yes, it was so important he didn't do it himself. Have a look. Take a moment to let the irony of quoting Patrick Henry in a message seeking to smother individual [...]

Special Forces vet took two guns, a knife, and a grudge into fatal meeting

A photo captures Steven Bellino wearing a beard, a hint that he might have been in a war zone in this undated picture. His half-brother, Scott Workman, said he was in Afghanistan. The Air Force accuses him of killing his squadron commander, but Workman and his family don't believe it. "My brother was not [...]

Tops in Blue Wanna-Be Pays Facebook in Effort to Win Meaningless Contest

The Air Force not long ago made the wise decision to kill off its embarrassingly gaudy travelling show choir. [Watching the abject whining that ensued was the most fun I've had legally in years]. The move saved $10M year in unjustified waste, and was long overdue. But somewhere along the way, the service idiotically concluded [...]

By | January 15th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|8 Comments

Air Force to Taxypayer: We Have Your Money and We’re Pissing It Away

The photo shown below was featured in a DoD-compiled showcase of "military life." It proudly showcases waste so normalized that it needn't even attempt to hide anymore. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michelle Hooper, left, and Staff Sgt. Jordan Kimble perform with Full Spectrum, a six-piece band, in front of airmen at Langley Air Force [...]

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

You Had One Job, Episode 1

Welcome to a new series here at JQP. One celebrating the glorious ineptitude of those of who so little is asked, and who still manage to under-deliver. Take a look at the citation below and see if you can spot the major flaw. To assist those with detail orientation similar to the Cro-magnon who created this, [...]

Air Force to Fix Crippling Manpower Shortage by Adding 4,000 New Recruits

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein says the service is 30,000 airmen short of what it needs to meet requirements. We know this is an understatement because his recently retired predecessor -- now a board member at Northrop-Grumman -- admitted the shortage was at least 15% across the board, or 48,000 airmen. Luckily, help [...]

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