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 [...]

Air Force announces basing decisions for newest weapons systems

An F-16 Fighting Falcon from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Fla., taxis Oct. 5, 2016 at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. Twelve aircraft relocated here due to Hurricane Matthew's anticipated landfall. The base serves as a safe haven for military aircraft that are in the path of the hurricane. (U.S. Air [...]

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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 [...]

Air Force Force Prohibits Airmen from Drinking Alcohol During Trump’s Inauguration

Without explaining its rationale, the Air Force has issued a peculiar and eyebrow-raising order heightening military readiness and banning booze consumption among the 40,000 airmen assigned to Washington, D.C. for the 60-hour period encompassing Donald Trump's inauguration. The full order, issued by Maj. Gen. Darryl Burke on December 5th and also aimed at civil service members, is [...]

When it comes to the F-35, It Really Is As Simple as Trump Makes It

For the first time in a long time, the nation has a chief executive (to-be) actually wading into the subject of the military industrial complex. No one knows exactly who is whispering in Trump's ear on this subject, but his theme is quite simple: he cares about how much things cost. This is bad news [...]

Air Force Fitness Test Debacle: Another Leadership Failure

Among the many poor decisions made by Mark Welsh during his tenure as Chief of Staff was a decree that he would not even consider substantial changes to the service's fitness program despite sound arguments from airmen at all levels that it wasn't effectively supporting the mission. When a four-star makes such a decree in [...]

A Look Back: A-10 Saboteur Now Northrop-Grumman Board Member

This article first appeared at the Arizona Daily Independent.It is shared here with permission. This month, President-elect Donald Trump’s tweet about the F-35 was making headlines at about the same time the plane’s biggest cheerleader, General Mark Welsh, was making headlines of his own. “The F-35 program and cost is out of control,” Trump tweeted [...]

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