"...do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic..."

"For the good of the Air Force, for the good of the armed services and for the good of our country, I urge you to reject convention and careerism..."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Maxwell AFB, April 21, 2008

"You will need to challenge conventional wisdom and call things like you see them to subordinates and superiors alike."
- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, United States Air Force Academy, March 4, 2011

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Accurate Temperature Readings

I love how the Air Force is harnessing the internet and its liberal blog policy to provide leadership with a more accurate reading of what is going on in the service. The recent Reduction in Force (RIF) initiative, and the Voluntary Separation Pay (VSP) program it spawned, has provided a rare glimpse into the opinions held by many airmen. Especially the rated aviators who most directly wield America's airpower.

Check out the comments section from this official Air Force webpage: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123252616

For more background information the following thread on Air Force "force shaping", from a website that is a well known cyber watering hole for Air Force aviators, is priceless: http://www.flyingsquadron.com/forums/index.php?/topic/4377-force-shaping-vsp/

According to the thread above, an email sent to Air Force commanders indicates that the Secretary of the Air Force was "overwhelmed" by the number of people who wanted out of the service, and particularly the number of rated individuals. It seems the temperature reading hasn't been all that accurate at the top, and it's good to see the internet is providing it for Air Force leadership.

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