Quick Hit: Air Force Continues Trying to Solve Pilot Shortage With Small Ideas

In its latest attempt to stem a gushing arterial bleed with a Hello Kitty bandaid, the Air Force is now offering more flight pay to aircrew members and inviting retired geezers to come back on active duty for 12 months to hold down swivel chairs on superfluous staffs. The scant details are mentioned in Stars [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Sidetones|1 Comment

Quick Hit: Dumb Article Stereotypes Entire Generation of Warriors

I'm only sharing this article to remark on how woefully misguided it is, and to critique the entire premise of bundling a generation of people together and presuming they have sufficient commonality to be regarded as a bloc. Read this piece -- if for no other reason than to see in clear terms what a [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Sidetones|7 Comments

Quick Hit: Bean Counters Finally Start Turning Against Military Band Waste

With generals crying in Congress about personnel and equipment shortages, it should be a shock to the taxpaying public that wasteful spending has not yet been wrung out and translated into value-added capital. Not by a longshot. Stars and Stripes reports that a recent GAO study documented $1.37B in spending on salaries for military band [...]

By | August 26th, 2017|Sidetones|5 Comments

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|12 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