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10 Reasons to Kill the Air Force Fitness Test

Yesterday, we told you about utterances from the Air Force grapevine indicating that the service might stop discharging airmen solely because of failed fitness tests. Today it's time for a comprehensive airing of grievances about this harebrained program and why it should be killed with fire before it can taint another calendar year. There are [...]

By | December 28th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|40 Comments

Rumor: Air Force to Follow Navy Example, Grant Fitness Amnesty

Fresh from the news that the Navy will retain 48,000 sailors who stood to be cashiered for failing their physical fitness tests, rumors are flying in personnel circles that the Air Force will soon follow suit with what's being called a "temporary freeze" on fitness-driven discharges. The idea was previously discussed in late 2016, when [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|13 Comments

No, the Air Force Will Not Bring Back Warrant Officers in 2018

In a recent piece from Air Force Times' Stephen Losey, the question is posed and speculated upon. It's good of Losey to keep this question in the lights, which takes a bit of effort given the Air Force would gladly bury this idea under the ocean floor if it could. I give credit to CMSAF [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|30 Comments

Hall of Shame: The Legacy of Al Udeid’s Failed Commanders

Photo credit: Stephen Mayne. Early last year, we brought you coverage of the mold issues plaguing transit housing at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar, the notoriously miserable, sandswept hellhole housing the US Air Force's presence in the Middle East. The first piece exposed the issue and criticized the Air Force's failure to credit and [...]

By | December 23rd, 2017|General|10 Comments

Lynch Mob Media Wakes Up, Wrongly Hyperventilates Over 2016 Appellate Ruling

Tech. Sgt. Jaime Rodriguez (Air Force) TSgt. Jaime Rodriguez is a dirtbag. The facts of his conviction in a 2013 court martial leave little doubt about this. He used his position as an Air Force recruiter to form and consummate inappropriate sexual relationships with recruits, applicants, and recruiter's assistants. To make matters worse, [...]

By | December 16th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|5 Comments

Yeah, Pretty Much This Deployed Tanker Squadron Has a Safety Problem

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron sits on the flightline after flying a mission over the Arabian Sea at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, Jan. 27, 2016. Coalition forces fly daily missions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. OIR is the coalition intervention against the Islamic [...]

By | December 10th, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|12 Comments

Does this Deployed Tanker Squadron Have a Safety Problem?

A pilot from the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron prepares to take off in a KC-135 Stratotanker in support of an Operation Inherent Resolve mission over Iraq Oct 6, 2016. The KC-135 provides the core aerial refueling capability for the U.S. Air Force and has excelled in this role for more than 50 years. [...]

By | December 2nd, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|51 Comments