"...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

Friday, May 27, 2011

Stars and Stripes Interested in Your Thoughts

I was recently contacted by a reporter from Stars and Stripes. Here is the relevant portion of her inquiry.
My name is Jennifer Svan and I’m a reporter with Stars and Stripes in Kaiserslautern, Germany, and I cover Air Force/USAFE issues. I’m doing a story about the projected shortage of Air Force fighter pilots, per Gen. Welsh’s email asking for feedback from pilots as to why they’re getting out of the Air Force.

I’m trying to find some current and/or retired pilots to ask them about their personal experiences in the Air Force: What is/was the job like, what are their future plans or why did they choose to get out, why do they think the Air Force may be losing so many pilots, etc. I’m also wondering what sorts of job opportunities are out there for fighter pilots. What will they do when they get out, and is it a difficult decision to give up flying a fighter jet in exchange for a civilian job?
If you're interested in providing your thoughts, she can be contacted at svanj@estripes.osd.mil and I'm sure would appreciate your input. Hopefully this is another way in which leadership can take a temperature reading. If she gets responses from those who are choosing to continue their service, along with those who have decided to pull chocks, this might prove valuable.

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