Monday, April 17, 2006

The Air Force Gets Hard

Man, if this keeps up, being in the Air Force is going to be almost like being in the military.

With more and more airmen being deployed to hot war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Force leaders decided last year that they needed more focus on combat skills in their basic training course. Now airmen are rolling, not folding, their underwear and spending the freed-up time learning how an M-16 rifle works. "I would really prefer to worry about combat skills," said Airman Basic Julian Pia, who graduated from basic in February, one of the first recruits not to learn the folds.

Currently, many Air Force recruits do not handle an M-16 until the fifth week of training. But the Air Force intends to start issuing all recruits a training rifle as soon as they arrive for basic and to spend more time teaching them how to use it. "We still have attention to detail, but we accomplish that objective with the M-16," says Chief Master Sgt. Steve Sargent, the Air Force's superintendent of basic military training. "We have them strip and rebuild the rifle in two minutes."

Link: Flyboys Get Tough

Friday, March 24, 2006

Joe Satriani: "My Guitar Wants to Kill Your Momma"

New AF Uniform Good to Go

Airman Battle Uniform Finalized

The new uniform design is a pixilated tiger stripe with four soft earth tones consisting of tan, grey, green and blue. The ABU will have a permanent crease and will be offered in 50-50 nylon-cotton blend permanent press fabric eliminating the need for winter and summer weight uniforms.

"We listened to the Airmen's request where they wanted pockets to hold small tools and when they wear body armor the existing shirt pockets are not accessible or usable," General Allardice said. "It will have the four pockets on the front of the shirt, and also a small pencil pocket on the left forearm and two pockets on the lower legs. In addition, inside the side pockets and inside of the breast pockets there will be smaller sewn-in pockets to hold small tools, flashlights or cell phones."

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Oregon Family Survives Two Weeks Stranded in RV

All Six Members of Missing Oregon Family Found Alive After 17 Days

MEDFORD, Ore. — Six family members who disappeared more than two weeks ago after leaving for a trip to the coast in a recreational vehicle were found alive Tuesday in a remote area of southwestern Oregon, surviving in their snowbound vehicle on dehydrated food and other provisions.

Stupid Hippies probably got stoned and got lost.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Goths Taking Over England.

So, Oz Can Move to England, I guess.

Indeed, there is a certain dry humour about goth that is often overlooked amid tales of black-clad youths worshipping Satan and, in one case, carrying out the Columbine massacre. "That wasn't goths," insists Brill. "The guys who did it always wore black trench coats but they listened to Marilyn Manson. There's an academic article: Why Marilyn Manson Isn't Goth." Brill insists that goth is a non-violent subculture. "They're like hippies. I don't know any goths who are into graveyard destruction or cat slaughtering. They like their graveyards and they love their cats."

Nor do drugs seem to be much of a problem. "Speed is a goth drug because the ideal is to be skinny," says Unsworth. "But for most of us it was Blue Nun wine because Wayne Hussey from the Mission drank it."

Monday, March 20, 2006

Blue in a Green World

Somewhat interesting adventure of an Air Force officer who served in an Army Unit in Afghanistan. But mostly, it's about the good work our soldiers are doing over ther.

Deploying to Iraq with an Army unit offered a unique opportunity for an Air Force officer to be blue in a green Army world. U.S. Air Force Academy instructor, Major Alberto Mezarina volunteered because he wanted to do his part to fight the global war on terrorism.

Some of Maj. Mezarino’s 111 projects include:

Nasiriyah Water Treatment Plant: Plant is the largest water treatment and distribution system in theater with a maximum output of 10 cubic meters per hour. This will provide clean, safe water and a direct quality of life improvement to over 250,000 homes in Nasiriyah and surrounding community. $208 million

Nasiriyah Prison Facility: Construct 1200-man Iraq prison facility using US standard prison design. Supports the overwhelmed Iraqi prison system to alleviate overcrowding in Abu-Grahib, and Camp Buka holding facilities. $49 million

Iraqi Army Battalions: Construct three brand-new 800-man Iraqi Army Battalions and facilitate troop transition into new facilities. Direct contribution to combatant commander’s goals by facilitating the stand up of the first active Iraqi Army Garrison—one step closer to an independent, self-reliant and defendable Iraq. $10 million each.

Nasiriyah Women’s and Children’s Hospital Renovate critical health facility that was in deplorable condition following years of neglect. This vital health care facility will help to address Iraq’s high infant mortality rate. $8 million.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

Japanese Spiderman

Freakin' Weird. I'll never understand Japan. "So awful, and yet, so enjoyable."

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Baby That Plays Drums

Yeah, Baby playing Drums. I'm still better, dammit. Watch him here.

Air Force Tested Orbital Rocket Plane

For 16 years, Aviation Week & Space Technology has investigated myriad sightings of a two-stage-to-orbit system that could place a small military spaceplane in orbit.
This two-vehicle "Blackstar" carrier/orbiter system may have been declared operational during the 1990s. A large "mothership," closely resembling the U.S. Air Force's historic XB-70 supersonic bomber, carries the orbital component conformally under its fuselage, accelerating to supersonic speeds at high altitude before dropping the spaceplane. The orbiter's engines fire and boost the vehicle into space. If mission requirements dictate, the spaceplane can either reach low Earth orbit or remain suborbital.

The manned orbiter's primary military advantage would be surprise overflight. There would be no forewarning of its presence, prior to the first orbit, allowing ground targets to be imaged before they could be hidden. In contrast, satellite orbits are predictable enough that activities having intelligence value can be scheduled to avoid overflights.

Once a Blackstar orbiter reenters the atmosphere, it can land horizontally at almost any location having a sufficiently long runway. So far, observed spaceplane landings have been reported at Hurlburt AFB, Fla.; Kadena AB, Okinawa; and Holloman AFB, N.M.


On Oct. 4, 1998, the carrier aircraft was spotted flying over Salt Lake City at about 2:35 p.m. local time. James Petty, the president of JP Rocket Engine Co., saw a small, highly swept-winged vehicle nestled under the belly of the XB-70-like aircraft. The vehicle appeared to be climbing slowly on a west-southwest heading. The sky was clear enough to see both vehicles' leading edges, which Petty described as a dark gray or black color.

From AviationNow.