Curious Video: Air Force Parachute Infantry Vigilante?

Anti-shoplifting vigilante Norman Reynolds, 60, of Elkhart, IN. Photo: WSJV. Here's one that will likely make the Stolen Valor crowd apoplectic. Normal Reynolds appeared in front of judge earlier today after having fired his personal weapon at fleeing shoplifters in the parking lot of a discount department store, according to the report of a [...]

By | December 14th, 2015|Sidetones|9 Comments

A Wet Towel for a Train Wreck: CMSAF Sends Email Begging E-9s to Fix EES Problems

CMSAF is apparently only now realizing that all of those warnings we and others gave him about the EES rollout were valid. Less propaganda, more transparency, we said. Ignored. Less control, more cooperation, we said. Ignored. Less top down forcing and more persuasion on the merits, we said. Ignored.   And now, with injured credibility, [...]

By | December 8th, 2015|Sidetones|11 Comments

The Best EPR Ever Written

Jubilant airmen cheering after reading the best report ever written. We'll just leave this here. By poking fun at the rolling Disneyesque game of fantasy writing that is the contemporary performance reporting system of the nation's Air Force, this makes a nice epitaph for the now defunct legacy EES. The new system? Well, it [...]

By | November 27th, 2015|Sidetones|4 Comments

AFPC Spokesperson Updates Excuses For SSgt Promotion Fiasco

Air Force Times posted an article Saturday morning containing a Q&A session with an AFPC spokesman. The topic: AFPC's lame attempt to save face after hosing 1,300 Senior Airmen out of their hard-earned promotion opportunity and then conducting a circular firing squad with those airmen in the middle as its sole official response. For those joining [...]

By | August 29th, 2015|Sidetones|11 Comments

Admin Debacle Excludes 85 NCOs From Promotion Board, AFPC Blames the Victims

Air Force Times ran a story Friday ("Eighty-five tech sergeants' EPRs not submitted for promotion process") detailing the latest downhill tumbling snowball of human resource clownery in a service that works in it like an art form. Summarizing: 85 members of the spine of the Air Force -- interminably task saturated, hard-working contributors to its [...]

By | August 14th, 2015|Sidetones|31 Comments

Official EES Guidance, 31 Jul 15, Version 3

For those unable to access AFPC's MyPers site (or preferring quicker/easier access to this information), here's the official guidance governing the new Enlisted Evaluation System. Analysis later. For now, here's the raw information.

By | August 11th, 2015|Sidetones|0 Comments

Chief Chat: First Reactions

CMSAF interacted with airmen for just under 13 minutes today, answering questions from the field delivered electronically and narrated by a spokesperson who did her best to be conversational as a device to make the format less awkward. An ornamental crowd watched in silence, ABU blouses creased, hats blocked. You know, because we have free [...]

By | July 23rd, 2015|Sidetones|1 Comment