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  1. At a minimum, I’d expect you’ll see some minor markings changes. AFRC on the jet, AFRC patch on the tail, possibly a tail code change, depending on when the iron swaps over and the associated flying hour program switches streams. It’s possible you might see some other changes, but purely speculative at this point. Operationally? You won’t see much change. The preponderance of pilots will switch from being active-duty to being Reservists. This is a double benefit, as it allows the Aggressirs to hold onto experienced aviators and maintainers a lot longer, ensuring consistency and continuity of the mission. It also allows active duty to keep more pilots in front line, combat assignments instead of burning three years of their career as a training aid. There’s some other organizational efficiencies, but most of them are transparent to outsiders. This will also free up more active duty manpower for the Fifth-GenAggressor mission, which will fall under the 65th AGRS.
  2. Strategic landscapes change, weapons change, geopolitics changes....it is not unreasonable to ask if we need to continue holding a presence we’ve held for almost 80 years, at extreme cost. Particularly when deterrence can be accomplished using more modern methods than massive forward bases in foreign countries.
  3. AFRC’s 926th Wing will pick up the lead for the Aggressor mission, and will assume responsibilities for the 64th AGRS next summer: 926th Green Light for Active Association
  4. That's true. Over on Third Offset Design's FB page you can find a series of pics from, "Nose Art that Wasn't." Some of it is nose art that was designed by the Crew Dawgs but never approved for application, and some is nose art that was put on the jets briefly, before somebody said, "take that down, RIGHT NOW."
  5. Did you miss Spud Eagle and Jenny? After nearly 2 years of helping recreate the F-15E nose art from the CENTCOM AOR, nothing surprises me. Crew dawgs come up with some weird stuff, sometimes. It's part of the charm.
  6. This whole article stretches the limits of credulity, and he's reading an awful lot into tiny details. This line about the jet names, however, is perhaps the most ridiculous....most of the jet nicknames were determined before they even deployed. There were some cool nicknames and nose arts on this rotation, though! Like previous Strike Eagle deployments, I was honored to be asked to help capture them all: T-Bolts OIR
  7. I swear we've stepped into the most bizarre timeline.
  8. There are actually A LOT of people complaining. And while it’s true their flying hours are already budgeted, flying hours and budget dollars get reallocated all the time. Given shortfalls on POE and testing, I can understand why people are disgruntled. If you don’t understand the finer minutiae of the US federal budget (and who REALLY does?), the confusion is understandable. It’s particularly a bad look since they’re not flying airshow a right now. Well intentioned, but the optics on this are kinda terrible. Will be interesting to see how this plays out.
  9. Probably because it IS a cluster. And I don't care who you are, flying 8,000 miles to make condescending comments to the members of a unit whose boss you just fired is a bad look. To tell them they need to stop complaining (he did, while simultaneously complaining himself about how HE was being treated in the court of public opinion) is an even worse look. To throw down with F-bombs as the SecNav when you're addressing the crew? Bad look. To not realize that your speech was likely to be leaked to the public? "He was either too naive or too stupid to be serving as [Secretary of the Navy]" Here's the thing, if that Captain thought he truly needed to get the crew off the ship, because he'd seen how badly this was spreading throughout the world, and how in the US it was incapacitating younger folks at a higher rate than had previously been seen, and he was concerned it was going to rapidly spread through the confined spaces like wildfire....then maybe he thought this was the only option left. If you actually read his original letter (and some of the follow-on communiques that have also leaked), you know know he expressed his desire that the planned courses-of-action happen FASTER, because he felt like he was running out of time. So he made a judgement call, likely aware that it could cost him his job as soon as he hit, "send." Does SecNav (or other leadership) have the right to express loss of confidence in his ability to command? Absolutely. In fact, if they'd left it at that, and not bothered with this follow up cluster, it probably would've blown over quickly, and faded into obscurity. It DOES say something that none of the uniformed leadership in his chain-of-command wanted him relieved of command, though. Here's the thing: who was right (or wrong, depending on your point of view): the Captain for sending his e-mail? Or the SecNav, for having him relieved for loss of confidence? The correct answer is, "why not both?" In the end, the Captain got what he thought was essential for his crew: they were pulled into port, got medical help, and got the crew being treated/screened/isolated for a potentially dangerous, highly infectious, largely unknown contagion. The fact he lost his Command may not matter to him as much as his own satisfaction that he accomplished this goal. The question many should take from this is, "What would you do?" For those who have the privilege of command, it's not a rhetorical question. For everyone else, it's just Monday morning, armchair quarterbacking. If it entertains you through quarantine to argue about it, so be it. Either way, the world will move on. I suspect the biggest casualty in all of this will be US Navy recruiting and retention, because why on earth would you choose to work in this kind of command environment?
  10. Intriguing. What does one put in a turkey omelet?
  11. Has anybody else watched the Mandolorian and noticed that the Ugnaught played by Nick Nolte sounds an awful lot like Mo Vinnie? He signs off every conversation with, “I have spoken.” Has the Moai infiltrated Star Wars, or does Vinnie hail from long ago, in a galaxy far, far away? Deep thoughts, post turkey dinner...
  12. Can you post the pic you have? Might help with context...
  13. Along with the reasons listed above, you can add to it the fact 1/32 decals do not sell very well. If stock doesn't move, the manufacturers aren't going to make more of them.
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