Pilot Shortage: Declaring the USAF a Disaster Area

This entire article is spot on, and I will address a few parts of it, but this part hits especially close to home because I know firsthand that it is already taking place.

“An internal memo obtained by John Q. Public clearly states how bad the crisis has become and seems to point towards the possibility of lowering standards to help solve it. Such a move woud (sic) not only put national security at risk but it also puts other aircrews in danger that have to fly alongside sub-par individuals.”

Pilot training in the Air Force (and military in general) is designed like a Bell curve. Given limited time and resources, the military must have trainees with a minimum level of ability and aptitude who can learn tasks to a specified level of competency within an allotted time. If you fall more than one standard deviation left of the top of the curve as indicated by inability to meet syllabus requirements within the allotted amount of training sorties, you require more time and resources than Air Force can afford to allot to training you, and you have shown that you are not who the Air Force needs to fill their cockpits. It is not a personal reflection on the individual. It is just a reality that must be understood and applied in order for the Air Force to be the most capable it can be in performing its part of the mission of defending America.

But the sad truth is that shortcuts in training have been occurring for a LONG time, specifically to increase the numbers of trainees who make it through the pipeline to fill cockpits, regardless of the quality of that trainee. Why? Several reasons. One of the biggest is pilot training bases that were closed rashly, reducing capacity. None of our political class of Air Force “leaders” will admit that we cut too deeply. When faced with the consequences of those decisions, rather than reversing them, and/or lobbying congress to reverse them, they try to show what stellar leaders they are by burning the candle at both ends to get short term results at the expense of long term security. They increase ops tempo, burning out a shrinking pool of manpower at an increasing rate. The ops tempo wears out airplanes and equipment at a faster rate resulting in declining mission capable rates as we are seeing now. All for performance report “bullets” that make them look good on paper, but ignore reality. As the standard becomes more difficult, or even impossible to achieve because of the declining resources and manpower, the only answer left to bureaucratic “leaders” who will not address the real problems is to simply quietly lower the standards. Again, to make themselves look good in the short term.

Back when we had enough pilot training bases, enough training airplanes, and enough instructors to do the job, large numbers of trainees were brought in, run through the mill, and around 50% were found to be short of the standards and were eliminated. But even with such high attrition, cockpits were filled, and the mission was accomplished with the most capable and qualified pilots available. Did a few rotten apples get through? Sure. There are always a few. However, the standards were much higher, were more thoroughly enforced, and fewer people who didn’t truly meet standards managed to get through. As bases were closed, and the instructor force began shrinking, it became evident that holding trainees to the same standard while getting the same number trained pilots was impossible. So the answer has been over time a steadily lowering bar that must be hurdled to get wings. When the requirement to fly a straight in approach to a “good” level in an early block of training was resulting in too many “hooks,” the syllabus was changed to require only a “fair” on the maneuver. When large numbers of students bust their midphase checkride resulting in several ineffective sorties, check pilots are “leaned on” to have a bigger picture. When IPs, flight commanders, ops officers, and squadron commanders who actually trained a student universally agree that a student being sent to the wing commander for elimination doesn’t have what it takes, and the wing commander keeps re-instating these students, it sends a direct message that the wing commander does not trust is people. It also short circuits what is left of the quality control mechanism in the syllabus.

The article does a very good job of touching on the many issues affecting pilot retention. The bottom line here is that the highly politicized senior “leadership” doesn’t seem to have any idea of what to about it. Instead of shifting focus and resources to retaining experienced pilots, and training new ones to high standards, we see the Air Force being turned into a liberal college campus where the force is being divided into disparate factions. The politically appointed “leadership” is failing miserably at playing an already bad hand dealt them by congress. They have hit rock bottom and continue to dig.


The USAF’s Pilot Shortage Has Reached Disastrous Levels

The Air Force is falling apart.


A shrinking and rapidly aging aircraft fleet. An underperforming, “bet it all” fighter program that is grossly over budget and many years behind schedule. A tactical air plan that will be insolvent in just five years. A culture that is laughably slow at adapting to the unmanned aircraft revolution, and a totally irrational vendetta towards the most effective tactical platform it has to fight ISIS, the A-10 Warthog. These are just a handful of the USAF’s many problems.

Now, you can add a pilot shortage that has quietly escalated to near dire proportions to the top of the list. Continue reading


The Betrayal of the USS Cole (by Barack Obama)

Like most other Americans who actually love America, I am still wondering how in the world an anti-American muslim sympathizing Marxist was elected not just once, but twice.  He is destroying America and our military from the inside, and at the same time aiding our enemies.  This is just another in the long line of his betrayals.

“In 2009, Obama had met with USS Cole families and promised them swift action. But a year later the families were accusing his administration of inaction and broken promises. His statement on the tenth anniversary of the attack made no mention of bringing the attackers to justice. Instead he stated that, “We will honor their legacy of selfless service by advancing the values that they stood for throughout their lives.” What were these values and how did they justify releasing one of the Cole cell terrorists?”

The Betrayal of the USS Cole

On Thursday morning, sailors on board the USS Cole were lining up for an early lunch. Seventeen of them died as an Al Qaeda bomb on board a fishing boat tore through the hull outside the galley. The dead included 15 men and 2 women, one of whom had a young child. For three weeks the crew of the USS Cole struggled to keep their ship from sinking while working waist deep in water with bucket brigades, sleeping on the deck and living surrounded by the terrible aftermath of the terrorist attack.

The survivors, wounded and whole, received the words “Glory is the Reward of Valor” written on the bent steel removed from the site of the explosion that tore through their ship and their lives.

The President of the United States promised that justice would be done. “To those who attacked them we say: You will not find a safe harbor. We will find you and justice will prevail.”

Despite Clinton’s words, justice did not prevail. Continue reading

In Total Reversal, Welsh Admits Air Force is On Verge of Manpower Collapse

A leader cannot lead without the trust and loyalty of those who are being asked to follow him. Such is the case with Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III. He has come to epitomize the type of “leader” remaining in our military following the Obama purge. Leaders who refuse to do anything other than salute smartly and say “YES, SIR!“, even when the orders being followed are blatantly destroying the nation and Constitution they have sworn to defend. There is no conceivable way Welsh could NOT have known the enormity of the problem we were facing, yet he went ahead with, and even accelerated the mortal wound of a manpower cut. Now, in the face of a tsunami largely of his own creation, he seems to grow a spine and a pair of open eyes. My only question is WHY NOW??? Is this like a deathbed confession? Does he actually possess the character to do the right thing even at the risk of throwing away his career and retirement? Based on what I have seen from the “leaders” groomed for senior positions by the system created and perpetuated by these same people, you can just say I’m skeptical. The usual pattern for these cowards is to sit and twiddle thumbs until they retire, move on to some cushy consulting job, and suddenly develop enough of a conscience to start sniping from the outside where they have little to no effect. I’m sorry, but if our “leaders” aren’t willing to fall on their sword for what is RIGHT while they are still in a position to effect change and INSPIRE FOLLOWERS, they are not the kind of people our military, or our nation need.

In Total Reversal, Welsh Admits Air Force is On Verge of Manpower Collapse


“Virtually every mission area” faces critical manning shortages, and the Air Force risks burning airmen out. “We’re at 82 to 85 percent manning levels in virtually every mission area,” Welsh said during a discussion Tuesday at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. “We can’t reach in someplace and grab more manpower to fix a problem anymore. And so we have got to figure out different ways of using our people in a more efficient way or we will wear them out. And if we lose them, we lose everything.”

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US Army Officially Condones Pedophilia and Human Trafficking

Yes, you read that right.  The US Army condones pedophilia and human trafficking.  How can I say that, you are probably asking?  Well, let me tell you.

For years, American military advisers to the Afghani police and military have been told to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to the very Afghani police and military officers WHOM WE PUT IN POWER while they were molesting and raping children.  I have listened to and read accounts from advisers from as far back as 2005 telling of hearing the screams of children being raped and molested by the Afghani police and military officers, and being ordered by OUR leadership to do nothing about it, to ignore it because “it’s part of their culture.”  This has come to a head with the case of SFC Charles Martland.

SFC Martland was an Army Special Forces adviser in Afghanistan.  In 2011 he confronted the Afghani police chief (put in place by us) about raping an Afghani boy and beating his mother.  There had been numerous complaints from locals about him doing so.  This police chief laughed off the matter, and Martland pushed him to the ground and basically told him “not on my watch.”  One would think Martland would have been commended for defending the defenseless, and preventing behavior that we in the military are frequently told will not be tolerated.  Instead, the Army is kicking him out.  The Obama-like denials of the current crop of generals who were appointed after the Obama purge of military leadership are not convincing.  There are too many people corroborating Martland’s story.  Even if there isn’t a WRITTEN policy to enable such behavior and activity, there have been VERBAL orders.  Perfect Obama-like Marxist behavior.  No paper trail, and no accountability.  Martland’s word against the Army.  We know who wins that one.

Once upon a time, America was a nation that stood and fought for GOOD.  In the 1930’s and 40’s when confronted with a culture whose goal was to take over the world and annihilate the Jews, America stepped in and put a stop to it.  Now, more than half a century later, we are once again confronted with a culture who, like the Nazis, are bent on conquering the world and annihilating all Jews and infidels.  What is different is America’s reaction to this new evil.  Rather than rising up and defeating this evil, America is now embracing and enabling it.  When our nation was great, we sought the face of God and humbled ourselves before Him.  Now we seek the face of hedonism.  The decline of America has directly paralleled the removal of God from our society.  There are only two choices here.  We can humble ourselves before God once again and return to prosperity, or we can continue and accelerate our decline by turning even further away from the grace of God.  I’m afraid we will likely choose the latter as a nation.  God, have mercy on us.  Amen.

US Army condones pedophiles

Obama Pledges US Military to Defend Iran Facilities Against Israel

“It was revealed that Obama has pledged the United States military to protect Iranian nuclear facilities against any and all aggressive moves from Israel, and any other nations like Saudi Arabia who oppose the deal.”

One of two words:  MUTINY or COUP.

Barack Obama has been giving aid and arms to our enemies, now he is going use OUR military to PROTECT OUR ENEMIES, and ensure they are not impeded from getting NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

This has gone way beyond “too far.”  It must stop.  NOW.

U.S. Will Teach Iran to Thwart Nuke Threats

Iran: ‘All our goals materialized’ under deal

Hassan Rouhani

Hassan Rouhani / AP

July 14, 2015 4:20 pm

The United States and other world powers will help to teach Iran how to thwart and detect threats to its nuclear program, according to the parameters of a deal reached Tuesday to rein in Iran’s contested nuclear program.

Under the terms of a deal that provides Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief, Iran and global powers will cooperate to help teach Iran how to manage its nuclear infrastructure, which will largely remain in tact under the deal. Continue reading

Obama Has Actually Accomplished Quite a Lot in His Presidency. But That’s Not a Good Thing

Obama Has Actually Accomplished Quite a Lot in His Presidency. But That’s Not a Good Thing

Obama has actually accomplished quite a bit, and here’s a long list of his accomplishments, so stop bashing him, haters!

  1. First President to be photographed smoking a joint.
  2. First President to apply for college aid as a foreign student, then deny he was a foreigner.
  3. First President to have a social security number from a state he has never lived in.
  4. First President to preside over a cut to the credit-rating of the United States.
  5. First President to violate the War Powers Act.
  6. First President to be held in contempt of court for illegally obstructing oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.
  7. First President to require all Americans to purchase a product from a third party.
  8. First President to spend a trillion dollars on “shovel-ready” jobs when there was no such thing as “shovel-ready” jobs.
  9. First President to abrogate bankruptcy law to turn over control of companies to his union supporters.
  10. First President to by-pass Congress and implement the Dream Act through executive fiat.
  11. First President to order a secret amnesty program that stopped the deportation of illegal immigrants across the U.S., including those with criminal convictions.
  12. First President to demand a company hand-over $20 billion to one of his political appointees.
  13. First President to tell a CEO of a major corporation (Chrysler) to resign.
  14. First President to terminate America’s ability to put a man in space.
  15. First President to cancel the National Day of Prayer and to say that America is no longer a Christian nation.
  16. First President to have a law signed by an auto-pen without being present.
  17. First President to arbitrarily declare an existing law unconstitutional and refuse to enforce it.
  18. First President to threaten insurance companies if they publicly spoke out on the reasons for their rate increases.
  19. First President to tell a major manufacturing company in which state it is allowed to locate a factory.
  20. First President to file lawsuits against the states he swore an oath to protect (AZ, WI, OH, IN).
  21. First President to withdraw an existing coal permit that had been properly issued years ago.
  22. First President to actively try to bankrupt an American industry (coal).
  23. First President to fire an inspector general of AmeriCorps for catching one of his friends in a corruption case.
  24. First President to appoint 45 czars to replace elected officials in his office.
  25. First President to surround himself with radical left wing anarchists.
  26. First President to golf more than 150 separate times in his five years in office.
  27. First President to hide his birth, medical, educational and travel records.
  28. First President to win a Nobel Peace Prize for doing NOTHING to earn it.
  29. First President to go on multiple “global apology tours” and concurrent “insult our friends” tours.
  30. First President to go on over 17 lavish vacations, in addition to date nights and Wednesday evening White House parties for his friends paid for by the taxpayers.
  31. First President to have personal servants (taxpayer funded) for his wife.
  32. First President to keep a dog trainer on retainer for $102,000 a year at taxpayer expense.
  33. First President to fly in a personal trainer from Chicago at least once a week at taxpayer expense.
  34. First President to repeat the Quran and tell us the early morning call of the Azan (Islamic call to worship) is the most beautiful sound on earth.
  35. First President to side with a foreign nation over one of the American 50 states (Mexico vs Arizona).
  36. First President to tell the military men and women that they should pay for their own private insurance because they “volunteered to go to war and knew the consequences.”
  37. Then he was the First President to tell the members of the military that THEY were UNPATRIOTIC for balking at the last suggestion.

It’s hard to comprehend all this guy has gotten away with. Any other president would have been impeached during the first year of their presidency for what this tyrant has done! For what Obama has done in 5 years, ANY other president would have been arrested, tried for treason, and HUNG. What in God’s name is wrong with our government that they allow this guy carte blanch to break the law, rewrite and create laws without congress, and ignore and attack the Constitution? It absolutely boggles the mind!

What spawned such an evil man?  How about a communist-muslim loving mother who was into posing for pornographic pictures, a communist-muslim father (whether you believe the father is BO, Sr., or Frank Marshall Davis, the father was at least communist), communist grandparents, terrorist and communist friends and mentors?

Einstein actually explained how Obama’s background came together to form who he is.


(H/T patriotnewswire.com.  Most of this post comes from this article http://patriotnewswire.com/2015/02/stop-bashing-because-heres-a-list-of-obamas-accomplishments-haters/#, with a few additions and edits)

Dem. Rep Gutierrez Threatens Immigrant Violence if Amnesty Not Passed

Arrest the Marxist-progressive prick Gutierrez for inciting violence.  His threats amount to terrorism.  These tactics are the same ones you see from the communist-controlled labor unions.  We’re not going to be intimidated by cowardly little pricks like Gutierrez who will never do the dirty work themselves, but will simply incite others to do it for them.  Just like terrorists, and just like communists.

If ILLEGAL ALIENS and their supporters want to get violent because we aren’t rewarding them for BREAKING THE LAW, then we will no longer have a reason NOT to shoot them. A 35¢ bullet is cheaper than all the taxpayer funded goodies we’re giving them, or even a bus ticket back to the border. So, if they CHOOSE to give us a reason to shoot you, it will be a bargain for us.

Dem. Rep Gutierrez Warns of Unprecedented Immigrant “Militancy” After Judge Orders Obama to Stop Amnesty In Texas

19 Feb, 2015 by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

So, nudge becomes push becomes shove, huh? Careful sir, who you threaten… you may think that you can have a sitting President trash and ignore the Constitution, but we still have a few sane judges here in America. We’re not full-blown communist yet, much to your displeasure, I’m sure. If there is militancy, Americans will kick said militants’ butts all the way back across the border. Mexico doesn’t own us… Obama doesn’t rule us… and you don’t scare us.

From Weasel Zippers:

A not-so-thinly veiled threat of violence. Continue reading

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