Author Stephen Losey

The Air Force’s “strategic pause” on much of its voluntary force-shaping programs created a great deal of concern from many airmen, who feared they were about to be left in the lurch. Some worried that the pause will delay their exit from the Air Force and complicate their efforts to accept job offers from the private sector. In this week’s Air Force Times, we have an exclusive interview with Lt. Gen. Samuel Cox, deputy chief of staff for manpower, personnel and services, in which he lays out exactly what is behind the pause, what it means for you, and dispels…

Air Force Times on March 12 received an inquiry from an officer who has been selected for promotion and was expecting to pin on his new rank in the next month or two, but said there was a problem: The Air Force had not yet released promotion increments saying how many airmen would be able to pin on to major, lieutenant colonel and colonel on April 1. Those increments, the officer said, are usually released 40 days before the pin-on dates, which are the first of every month. But with April 1 just three weeks away, the officer said, several…

We’ve all been chewed out by our bosses at one time or another, but I’d wager none of us have ever been on the receiving end of a profane tirade from the President of the United States over pricey maternity furniture. That’s exactly what Air Force Gen. Godfrey McHugh got from President Kennedy on July 25, 1963. The Washington Post had just reported that Otis Air Force Base spent $5,000 — or $40,000 in today’s dollars — to refurbish a room into a maternity suite for the very pregnant Jackie Kennedy. President Kennedy was not happy, as you can hear…

ORLANDO — Mustache March is right around the corner. And this year, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh is issuing a challenge to the entire service. “I don’t think we’ve ever had an all-in Mustache March, have we?” Welsh said during his Feb. 20 address to the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium. “I’m putting the smackdown on you guys. Air Force-wide Mustache March, MAJCOM competitions.” Welsh prefaced his challenge by showing two humorously-doctored photos of himself — one with a regular mustache and another with an outrageously drooping ‘stache. But airmen shouldn’t even dream of using such…

In his latest “Airman to Airman” video, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh urged airmen to remain focused on their mission even in the face of trying times and scandal. Welsh referred obliquely to the widening scandal involving cheating missileers, but sought to buck up the spirits of the force. “The last couple of times I’ve talked to you, we’ve been talking about issues that are pretty uncomfortable,” Welsh said in the Feb. 3 video. “Things that we’re struggling a little bit in our Air Force. We’ve just added another one to the plate with some people who…

The wave of stories on retention boards and other force reduction programs seems to have reached its meme phase. Several spoof posters putting an Air Force spin on the popular book and film series “The Hunger Games” have begun popping up online over the last month. As far as we can tell, these Air Force Hunger Games/Retention Games memes started appearing last month on this FlyingSquadron.com forum discussion. Several others — including two challenge coins and the original image we posted earlier today — were collected at this site under the headline “The U.S. Air Force is Catching Fire.” Let’s just…

There’s been a lot of news rolled out over the last month on the Air Force’s voluntary and involuntary force management plans, as our stories below show. But we’re sure you have plenty of other questions that haven’t yet been answered. What are you wondering about these force cuts? Sound off below, or write me at slosey@airforcetimes.com, and I’ll do my best to answer your questions in an upcoming issue. New personnel chief: Know your options under force cuts Board targets enlisteds in overmanned fields for cuts Airmen facing Quality Force Review Board to be notified Jan. 6 15-year retirement…

As we reported last week, the Air Force is mulling over its current practice of awarding promotion points based on how long airmen have been in the service and in their current rank, and whether it should continue to do so. Air Force Times would like to hear from you on this issue. Should time in grade and time in service be scrapped, saved, or reduced in importance? Why do you think so? E-mail Jeff Schogol to share your thoughts. If you’d like your comments to remain anonymous, that’s fine.

Our previous post on Gen. Mark Welsh’s concerns that airmen are growing bored and considering leaving drew several comments from readers, but we’d like to get more of your thoughts. Specifically, we’re wondering what you think the Air Force should do to fix the problem. E-mail me with your thoughts at slosey@airforcetimes.com. As always, your name will be kept anonymous if you like.

The Air Force Academy today pushed back on some of the bad press it’s been getting lately over its employment of a man with an extensive history in the ex-gay movement. In a conference call arranged by the academy, three gay or lesbian cadets told reporters that while they have experienced some homophobia from other cadets, they don’t see it as a widespread problem. “Things are not as bad as people are making them out to be,” said William, a cadet who, like the others, did not give his last name. Carol, another cadet, said that some cadets have expressed…

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