Monday, October 01, 2007

It's not like the Air Force is a military organization 
Some Unionized Air Force Reserve technicians, who are drilling AF reserve members as a condition of employment, are threatening a slowdown over being required to wear uniforms while working as technicians during the week.

The Air Force Reserve may be an unrivaled wingman to the active duty force, but it's also a conflicted one right now, with air reserve technicians angry over a new policy mandating daily uniform wear on the job.

And that's prompted some to increasingly talk like the union members many are.

Bristling at the new regs, some reservists intend to pressure the Air Force into scrubbing the new uniform policy - a demand that could have a ripple effect on Air Force missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Stop volunteering for Air Expeditionary Force rotations" is the call rebel Air Force reservists are making.

"We've got to do something to get their attention," said Master Sgt. Jerry Merrill, a KC-135 crew chief at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., and vice president of local 3854 of the American Federation of Government Employees.

I never understood the whole Reserve and Guard technician idea. If you need the staff, they should be AGRs, and that's it. Problem solved.

Otherwise you get stupidity like this. There's more stupidity and headaches on the pay side, as well.

I have an attention getting measure, for Master Sgt. Jerry Merrill: He just won't like it: A general discharge from the Reserves over conflict of interest.

Calls for "boycotts" of deployments by military reservists come perilously close to sedition. And any reduction in airlift as a result of inadequate maintenance staffing directly affects the war effort and quality of life issues for soldiers, marines, and corpsmen on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan.

I can quibble with the efficacy of the uniform requirement - but that's the commander's call.

I don't imagine Ronald Reagan would stand for this.

Splash, out


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As an Air Force Vet I resemble that remark! In a previous job, after listening to the former Ranger and the Vietnam Marine vet exchange stories, I went into my "you shoulda felt the lump in my mattress at the hotel" horror story. Oh, and you've probably seen this before:

**USMC Rules for Gun fighting:**** ** 1. Be courteous to everyone, friendly to no one. 2. Decide to be aggressive ENOUGH, quickly ENOUGH. 3. Have a plan. 4. Have a back-up plan, because the first one probably won't work. 5. Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyoneyou meet. 6. Do not attend a gunfight with a handgun whose caliber doesnot start with a 4. 7. Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice. Ammo is cheap. Life is expensive. 8. Move away from your attacker. Distance is your friend. (Lateraland diagonal movement are preferred.) 9. Use cover or concealment as much as possible. 10. Flank your adversary when possible. Protect yours. 11. Always cheat; always win. The only unfair fight is the one you lose. 12. In ten years nobody will remember the details of caliber,stance or tactics. They will only remember who lived. 13. If you are not shooting, you should be communicating and reloading. 14. Someday someone may kill you with your own gun, but they should have to beat you to death with it because it is empty. 15. And above all ... don't drop your guard.
**Navy Rules For Gun fighting:** 1. Go to Sea 2. Drink Coffee 3. Send the Marines 4. Go on Liberty5. Meet Pretty Girls6. Drink whatever is available
7. Etc.
**Army Rules For Gun fighting:**** ** 1. Select a new beret to wear 2. Sew combat patch on right shoulder 3. Reconsider the color of beret you decide to wear 4. Send the Marines
**US Air Force Rules For Gun fighting:**** ** 1. Have a cocktail 2. Adjust temperature on air-conditioner 3. Determine "what is a gunfight" 4. Send the Marines

Dad was a SeaBee, Brother Retired Sub Squid, Father-in-law soldier, Nephew Marine vet, Nephew-in-law was Navy, now Army Guard just a few months back from Afghanistan.
Keep up the good work, been reading you (and reccomending you) for, wow, 4 years now.
(I'm also the anonymous poster on your Harry Reid unpatriotic thread, just trying to remember how this works)
We can add a #16:

That which does not kill me, has made a tactical error. This error must be exploited.
Sedition? Isn't that basically mutiny?

And what's the penalty for mutiny in wartime?

Put him up against a wall.
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