War on smokers, CMSAF Roy tells NCOs to stop whining and lead — this week's Air Force Times


If you smoke, dip or take a hit from the hookah, you’re SOL because the Air Force has severely curtailed where airmen can light up or chew tobacco.

An Air Force Instruction issued in March prohibits airmen from using any tobacco products in parking lots, playgrounds and anywhere near Air Force hospitals or clinics.

Nearly one-quarter of airmen smoke, and that’s higher than the national average. Still, some airmen questioned the wisdom behind the Air Force’s banzai charge against tobacco use.

“Now I have to go to the smoke pit and [be]forced to inhale secondhand smoke if I want to enjoy a snus now and again,” wrote Staff Sgt. Adam Miller in an email to Air Force Times.

In other matters, Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James Roy sent out an email recently admonishing senior enlisted leaders for peppering  him with questions such as why is there no limit to the number of airmen who can get a 5 on their enlisted performance reports.

“Our supervisors need to be reminded that there is no shortcut to developing tomorrow’s leaders,” Roy wrote in the email. “We cannot create a set of pre-defined courses of action that will adequately meet the needs of every situation.”

The email drew angry reactions from noncommissioned officers, including one who told Air Force Times that Roy wasn’t living up to his responsibilities as the Air Force’s top enlisted leader.

“The Air Force does need leadership, but that leadership is lacking starting at the top,” said the technical sergeant, who asked not to be named for fear of putting his job in jeopardy.

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  2. The Air Force has been trying to stop smoking for at least 20 years. When I first came in there stated goal was to eliminate smoking by 2010 and this was in or around 1990. They were unsuccessful in that. Now they are trying to eliminate something that is legal to do by making it as hard as possible to smoke the base. The top brass either does not have the balls or they do not have the ability to actually force people to not smoke, so they are trying to regulate it. This will not work, things like this have never worked and the generals at the top just want to present the appearance that they are actually doing something that they said they would do a long time ago.

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