Congressman Warns CSAF to Avoid “Creation of Double Standard” in Laughlin Review

For the past several weeks, investigators have been reviewing disciplinary actions meted out by the chain of command against three instructor pilots at Laughlin Air Force Base in a case that has come to be known as "Miley Gate." The three were issued career-ending reprimands and processed for discharge after commanders found text messages on [...]

Photo from Al Udeid is Perfectly Symbolic of Failed Middle East Strategy

This photo was taken this morning outside the headquarters of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, housed at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Note all of the flags at half staff, lowered to pay respect to the 129 victims of last Friday's terrorist attacks in Paris. All except one, that is: the flag of Qatar. [...]

Group Commander Owns Mistake, Demonstrates Leadership

Col. Scovill Currin (right) assumes command of the 437th Operations Group. His recent handling of a mistake in the awards program has impressed airmen under his command. There's a fair amount of criticism on these pages for leaders who come up short. Generally, I'm unapologetic about that given that one of the core [...]

Under Guise of Operational Security, Air Force Looks to Chill Online Speech

It was just last week that Gen. Mark Welsh, the Air Force Chief of Staff, sent a message to the field with the following guidance: We all know 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on and off-duty, Airmen have signed up to live up to Air Force Standards and Core Values. Through all [...]

“Witch Hunt” Wing Commander Mentors Airmen, But There’s a Problem

Gen. Robin Rand, former commander of Air Education and Training Command, is greeted by Col. Brian Hastings, former 47th Flying Training Wing commander, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, March 12, 2015. (Photo: Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathan Maysonet). Col. Brian Hastings, the former commander of Laughlin Air Force Base's 47th Flying Training [...]

In Message to Wing Commanders, Welsh Declares “Zero Privacy” Doctrine For All Airmen

General Mark Welsh, the Air Force Chief of Staff. (Photo: Air Force Times). As three officers at Laughlin Air Force Base fight for their livelihoods and professional reputations in the wake of a command-sponsored witch hunt, the Air Force's Chief of Staff (CSAF), Gen. Mark Welsh, has recently ordered new inquiries into the investigative and [...]

As Miley Gate Spins Out of Control, Air Force in Damage Control Mode

The story of a group of Air Force pilots witch hunted into personal and professional ruin based on misinterpretations of their private text messages has become national news. Rather than deal decisively with credible public reports of command misconduct, the service's leaders ignored the story, which has now spiraled into an open conversation about whether fundamental [...]

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