With Elimination of Time-Based Points, Air Force Signals New Promotion Philosophy

In the Air Force enlisted promotion system, time has traditionally played a key role in the determination of winners and losers. More specifically, experience, as measured by time, has been the engine driving promotions. With enough time in grade and time in service, solid performers could overcome other weaknesses, because the Air Force took the view [...]

Administration Suspends Bonus Debacle, But Please Hold Your Applause

The Obama Administration has been a long season of darkness for the military and veteran community. Despite campaign promises to reduce the strain on military families, Obama has drastically increased the stresses of military life by slashing resources and manpower without dialing back mission demands. He's consistently taken bad strategic advice from generals and bureaucrats far [...]

Photo of the Day: Airmen Forced to Attend Condom Class

Warning: this story contains an explicit image that some may find offensive. Welcome to another day in Camp Cupcake. Whenever you believe you've glimpsed the worst possible example of the infantilization of adult military volunteer servicemembers, there will always be another, more horrifying spectacle to behold. The photo below, according to the multiple sources who provided [...]

Illegal Air Force Policy Places Conditions on Annual Leave

Members of the Air Force, regardless of rank, performance record, or degree of official approval, are entitled to 30 days of paid leave each year of service. Entitled. Not privileged. This entitlement is provisioned in public law. It is the will of the American people, ratified into the US Code by an act of Congress and signed into [...]

Air Force IG Report Ignores Assault on Civilian in Travis Retirement Debacle

Back in April, a group of NCOs physically apprehended and forcibly removed a civilian from a retirement tribute at Travis Air Force Base. The civilian, Oscar Rodriguez, was an invited guest of the honoree, MSgt Chuck Roberson, who wanted him there to perform a recitation to accompany the folding of Roberson's retirement flag. When Rodriguez began [...]

What the Hell, IAVA?

If there is one thing the veteran population won't abide, it's bullshit. With its decisions and actions the past few weeks, Paul Rieckhoff's Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) has erected a towering monument of bullshit in its own name, and is now in reputational free-fall with the population it claims to represent. It's [...]

Really, Charleston?

When I showed up to Charleston Air Force Base in 1999 as a new copilot, the place was run by operational giants. The outgoing commander of my squadron at the time was a guy by the name of Lt. Col. Fred Cianciolo ... a gruff-mannered and imposing 6'4" linebacker whose expectations were matched only by [...]