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Stolen Valor in AETC?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2021

This photo by Kemberly Groue was posted last week to the US Air Force Facebook page under the heading Freestyle Friday!

The caption:

335th Training Squadron freestyle drill team members performed during the 81st Training Group drill down on the Levitow Training Support Facility drill pad at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. Airmen competed in a quarterly open ranks inspection, regulation drill routine and freestyle drill routine. Keesler trains more than 30,000 students each year. While in training, Airmen are given the opportunity to volunteer to learn and execute drill down routines.

Here is a screenshot of the full post:

Just take the dubious activity depicted in the top photo out of the equation for a moment and concentrate on the headgear of the participants. This is where the question of stolen valor originates.

The Gray berets worn in the photo have long been solely authorized for wear by Weather Parachutists and the new Special Reconnaissance Air Force specialty.

It’s difficult to tell from the photo but the darker berets are either Blue or Black which belong to the Security Forces and Tactical Air Control Party AFSCs respectively.

Here are the appropriate passages from Air Force Instruction 36-2903 “Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel” which governs who wears what.

Either way, it is highly unlikely that any, let alone all of the Airmen depicted in these photos are from the AFSCs in question.

This begs the question of how long this has been going on and who authorized the behavior. It’s an Air Education Training Command base and unit, a command which is generally hypersensitive to following Air Force Instructions and yet, here we are, AFI 36-2903 out the window.

I’ve got a lot of friends in all three of those communities who are proud of their careerfield heritage. Naturally, they don’t want their beret worn as an ornament for someone who isn’t in their AFSC. I can respect that. Apparently, AETC doesn’t.

Some will say it doesn’t matter. If it doesn’t, then I suppose it would be okay for troops to just put on any old doodad they think would look great in uniform. Imagine A1Cs putting stars on their caps and Master Pilot Wings on their chests.

But, it does matter, and AETC needs to put a stop to this buffoonery.

But Will It Arm?

Saturday, December 26th, 2020

Toni System – AR15 Aiming System

Monday, November 16th, 2020

Toni System is an Italian company and this is their two-piece AR15 aiming system intended for competition shooting.

Using sight ribs like on a shotgun, they mount a 1.0mm fiber optic sight to one for long range shooting, while the other incorporates a 1.5mm fiber for short range shooting. They are offset at 45 degrees. Cant the rifle to acquire the sight picture desired.

www.tonisystem.it/it/rifle/ar15

This post was inspired by Frank Woods. I have it on good authority he uses it.

An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

Lose Something?

Thursday, September 17th, 2020

Maybe he was sitting on his helmet so his balls didn’t get blown off and forgot to put it back in before exiting the aircraft.

They Might Want To Have That Removed

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Wonder Why Soldiers Don’t Know Anything About Small Arms?

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020

It’s stuff like this. This is a screenshot from a popular website for Soldiers studying for promotion and monthly/quarterly boards. As you can imagine, lazy Senior NCOs who sit on those boards also use this unofficial site to harvest questions, rather than the actual official, doctrinal publications. Apparently, it’s been like this for years. It isn’t going to get any better unless switched-on Soldiers take the time to learn it correctly and pass that information on to their peers and subordinates.

If you want the latest on small arms for either general knowledge or to prepare for a board, visit www.armyadp.com/weapons-tc-3-22.9 to review questions derived from TC 3-22.9.

I’d like to thank SFC Steffan for bringing this issue to my attention.

Canadian Military Seeks Easter Island Targets

Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

I know it’s not nice to make fun, but come on, this is just begging for it.

Canadian solicitation number W0142-21X003/A, for “Target Mannequins” is pretty extensive. But on Page 26, they used the drawing above to depict the targets they are looking to buy. For a second I thought they were trying to depict a guy using on of those toilet stools to gain some leverage.

But after a quick discussion we came to the general consensus that it was the Easter Island-style Ma’oi Targets they were after.