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|44 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

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|49 Comments

Air Force Lodging Policies Violate Federal Law

Last week, I published a post criticizing the leadership at Holloman Air Force Base for its policy mandating TDY airmen stay in base lodging during multi-month RPA upgrade training. There was some adverse response to that post in the form of "someone else has it tougher so stop whining, etc." This is boilerplate rubbish. It [...]

By | January 13th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|10 Comments

Holloman Commander Screws Airmen to Save a Few Bucks

The guy in the picture is Houston Cantwell, an Air Force O-6 in command of Holloman's 49th Wing. He might be gazing upon distant memories, wistfully recalling episodes of courage, cowardice, glory, or loss. Or, he might just be reflecting pridefully on his decision to lock visiting airmen into roach-riddled billeting rooms in order to [...]

By | January 7th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|38 Comments

Coming Soon: Spencer Stone to Star in Film Portraying His Heroism

Staff Sergeant Spencer Stone, famed terrorist ass-kicker who subdued a would-be gunman while off duty on a Paris-bound train in 2015, will star in an upcoming Clint Eastwood feature chronicling the thwarted attack. Alongside his battle buddies Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, who helped him prevent untold loss of life, Stone will make his Hollywood [...]

By | January 5th, 2018|Air Force / Air Power|1 Comment

The Exact Day the Tailspin Started, and the Clue to Breaking It

Ask most people to sum up the state of the Air Force today, and they'll acknowledge things are a mess. Low morale, insufficient manpower, excessive distractions, and a general lack of confidence in the will or ability of senior officers to turn things around. The more interesting inquiry is how we got into this tailspin. Ask [...]

By | December 31st, 2017|Air Force / Air Power|38 Comments