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Rep. Chip Roy: The Terrible Recruitment Efforts for Our Military
"Congressman the Chinese Communist Party has to be saying to themselves gosh we are so lucky to have such a potentially incompetent enemies in this government over there I mean they're not doing any of this It's almost as if they could have intentionally infected us with this woke virus to create a substandard military I mean think about all the things you know are going on right now at our military Our nuclear triads falling apart we have a shipyard shortage So if we God forbid there was a national emergency and we needed to build more ships we barely have the capability to do it Our fighter aircraft are way behind schedule We can't figure out a way to get pilots anymore I mean these are just we can't recruit our army recruiting guidelines fell short The numbers As you said I mean the list goes on and on If I had a few minutes on the phone I could go through more and just research them These are real problems It's not as if Russia just invaded Ukraine and China is threatening across the straight either I mean this is a serious time requiring serious people And meanwhile the United States Army puts out a recruitment video that's focuses on a little girl raised with two moms who joined the military to find her inner strength and shatter some stereotypes In Pride Month the air force tweeted an image of an air man surrounded by a rainbow flag There was no American flag in the image Now compare that to the posters from World War II with Uncle Sam patriotic I want you Sacrificing Rosie the riveter All the things that this country has done and all the people have done And coming together over our differences figuring out how to make sure that we're integrating and doing the things we ought to do And not ostracizing individuals But having a culture of achievement the rallies around freedom and the American flag and isn't a woke indoctrination social engineering camp which is what it's become And I want to be very clear Republicans are just as guilty because we fund it We don't demand that they stop it and we do it because well chip what else are we going to do I'll tell you what you do Use the power to burst to tell those SOBs to stop screwing up our military so that we can defend this country
Dallas air show collision kills 6; authorities working to ID victims, officials say
"World War II planes collided Saturday during a Dallas air show according to officials the collision happened at the commemorative air force wings over Dallas show when a Boeing B-17 flying fortress and a bell P 63 king cobra collided and crashed to the ground in a fireball both World War II planes belonged to the commemorative air force a nonprofit organization CEO Hank Coates says the planes are flown by volunteers These guys do very thorough training They have a lot of minimums after meeting criteria They have to meet so this
Two planes crash mid-air during Dallas air show
"Two planes have collided and crashed at an air show in Dallas according to the FAA officials say it happened at the commemorative air force wings over Dallas show at the Dallas executive airport the FAA says a Boeing B-17 flying fortress and a bell P 63 king cobra collided and crashed around one 20 in the afternoon Several videos posted on Twitter appeared to show two planes colliding in the air before they both rapidly descended causing a large fire and plumes of black smoke to billow into the sky The FAA and the NTSB were
Phoenix police arrest two in dismemberment death of veteran
"Police have made two arrests in the death of an elderly air force veteran in Phoenix just days before the Veterans Day observance One of the two suspects in the killing and dismemberment of the 80 year old victim was his roommate 58 year old Thomas Wallace whose bond was set at $1 million for allegedly killing the elderly man dismembering his body and concealing the remains in sheets and blankets in the home they shared Wallace and an alleged accomplice Roman Gonzalez were located at a nearby motel in Phoenix they're also accused of pawning his possessions including a chainsaw used in the crime Neighbors say the man killed was a good person who would help anyone and he didn't deserve to have his life end this way I'm Jackie Quinn
An Excerpt of a Poem by Mike Booth
"I don't normally do this folks and I'm not sitting here waiting for buddies to send me stuff but I really really liked it Let's take a listen from Mike booth Go ahead Our American flag the flag represents freedom for me and you The colors are red white and blue Things that mean as much are very few I can truly say why I feel pride Each time I see our flag fly My pride comes from those before us Those that gave all so some of us can stand up and make a fuss I've heard it said today I don't agree with what you say But I will die To see that you can say it today It puts a lump in my throat Each time I see our navy at sea in a float The army as they march to keep us free They never turn back They never flee The air force flying so very high Keeping us safe from way up in the sky The marines as they charge in harm's way fighting our foes from the halls of montezuma to the shores of Tripoli each day The coast guard as they monitor our shores and save lives 5 reasons To be proud our flag flies But to think even further back in time to the men that wouldn't walk the line the one that stood up to high taxes and tyranny The ones that froze and valley forge for you and me The ones that gave their lives and fortunes for us to be free The ones we call patriots
Rep. Chip Roy: The Consequences of the Biden Admin Will Be Felt
"We can go down so many different paths on what you just talked about that I do think it's really important for people to know the consequences of this administration are going to be felt for a long time And we've got to obviously have a rebound Congress is going to have to check in and use the power of the purse and then hopefully we get a new president in two years But the consequences are pretty significant and you just rattled them off You didn't even get into the woke up that is going on in the military Which might be the worst of all of it because our recruiting levels are so low because these guys go in there and they don't want to be preached at They don't want to be told that America's evil or apologizing for their race or say that they don't can't talk about a mom and a dad or whatever the air force economy It's all crazy but yet they're doing it in massive ways in terms of creating all these diversity positions that DoD and all of these programs But the situation with Ukraine is a perfect example right Where we don't stop and say what is our national security interest Make a decision All of us would agree we want to provide some lethal aid to Ukraine to be able to hold a lot against Putin and to be able to stand alongside our Eastern European friends Eastern Europe understands freedom better than anybody in the world including Americans There are some of the best freedom lovers in the world So of course I want to help them But $70 billion blank check in dumping out our arsenal is now putting us at a detriment And risking our national security just when China is rattling just as Russia's rattling just as the Middle East is rattling So we're going to face the consequences of this for a while The next presidential election they're going to have to have a real serious position on what it means to re strength in America for the 21st century
Boeing Reports $3.3 Billion Loss
"Boeing's latest quarterly financial report shows a $3.3 billion loss I'm Ben Thomas with details Boeing boyne's higher manufacturing and supply chain costs for driving huge losses related to several government programs Those programs including new Air Force One presidential jets are fixed cost programs The $3.3 billion third quarter loss came as a surprise and revenue fell far short of Wall Street expectations at just under 16 billion Revenue and Boeing's normally consistent defense and space business tumbled by 20% its commercial airline business on the other hand saw revenue soar by 40% over last year as it delivered more planes
Ash Carter, defense chief who opened jobs to women, dies
"The Pentagon chief who opened all military jobs to women has died Ash Carter was Barack Obama's defense secretary in 2015 when he removed the final barriers to women serving in combat They'll be able to serve his army rangers and green berets navy seals Marine Corps infantry air force power jumpers and everything else The next year Carter ended another Pentagon ban Transgender Americans may serve openly His family says Carter loved nothing more than spending time with troops in war zones and elsewhere It says the 68 year old Carter died yesterday in Boston Sagar Meghani Washington
Suicides in the military decreased by 15% in 2021, Pentagon report finds
"The Pentagon is reporting a dramatic reversal in suicides across the active duty military A new Pentagon report and preliminary data from this year show active duty suicides fell over the past 18 months There had been a fairly steady increase in past years in The Pentagon had long struggled with how to reduce them The shift comes a meeting increased attention to suicides by senior military leaders and several new programs It's unclear what impact they had or if pandemic related travel restrictions and other things played a role Sharp drops in the air force and Marine Corps suicides last year and a similar decline in the army earlier this year drove the decline Sagar Meghani Washington
Republican Women, Dreaming in Color
"Kevin, one of the things that you have done that is so impressive is the number of women and people of color that you have recruited and women of color that you have recruited to run around the country. And I took a lot of your house candidates to the border in August. It was really hot. Next time I'm going to choose a different month to go to the border. But I have been so impressed with women like Jennifer Ruth green in Indiana one. Myra Flores Cassie Garcia. Tell me, how did you get so many amazing women in this cycle to run for office? You know, I give them all the credit that they're really, they watched a country change before their eyes and they said they would do nothing. I try to encourage am I trying to help them engage even in primaries to help them. Just yesterday I was with a couple of those stars that I think one was really Jin kings in Virginia. She's great. A navy helicopter veteran, her husband flies at F three F-18. She's a nurse practitioner. She's a state senator. She is so impressive. And Leslie Vega last night, I was with as well. Here she would be the first el salvadorian elected to Congress. But you look at my floor as you talked about. The first Mexican born woman ever elected to Congress in a seat that's 84% Hispanic that Republicans haven't had in a hundred years. She's got a stronger message than you look at Monica de la Cruz, taffy right there. We could actually have not beforehand we had never elected a Republican Latina from Texas, but elect three this trio is just amazing and so strong. But you brought up Jennifer Ruth green. I was just with her last week. An air force academy graduate just impressive Democrats didn't even think the seat was competitive. She is in the game in Indiana and just really the future of what you're looking at.
How the Left Hurt Military Service
"The army's troubles are acute but not unique the air force barely hit its numbers for 2022, the navy met its targets for enlisted sailors, but came up short about 200 officers. Both the navy and air force had to dip into delayed entry. Pools of recruits usually kept in a holding pattern for later, which means the services will start a new recruiting year in an even tougher position. The numbers are worse in the reserves. Several factors are contributing to the shortfall. Fewer than one quarter of Americans ages 17 to 24 are eligible to serve and the reasons for disqualifications include obesity addiction and criminal history. Wow. I don't know if you got that. You probably didn't. Because you heard one quarter. But its fewer than one quarter are qualified. Fewer than one quarter of Americans 17 to 24 are eligible to serve. Three quarters of Americans ages 17 to 24 are not eligible because of their obesity, addiction, and or criminal history.
Air raid warnings: Ukraine residents back in shelters
"Air raid sirens throughout Ukraine have sent some residents back into shelters after months of relative calm in the capital and many other cities The lull has led many Ukrainians to ignore the regular sirens that Monday's attacks now has given them new urgency Besides the usual sounds key residence have been jolted by a new type of loud alarm that Blair's automatically from their mobile phones the caustic sounding alert is accompanied by a text warning of the possibility of missile strikes the Ukrainian air force says Russian TU 95 and TU one 60 bombers have operated over the Caspian Sea and launched missiles over Ukrainian territory but did not provide more information about the targets I'm Charles De Ledesma
What Is the White House Doing About Rising Gas Prices?
"Jean Pierre Jean Pierre what the hell is your real name I don't even know what's your full name Corinne Jean Pierre whatever So she's on Air Force One at a press briefing today and I thought somebody asked a pretty good question Cut sex go One in here You said yesterday that we're not going to be considering new releases from the strategic petroleum reserve So what is The White House planning to do to keep gas prices from spiking So as you know we've been working on this for months The president has made taken historic steps to keep gas prices down So here's so gas prices we have seen increase in the west and the Midwest in recent weeks Because of specific refinery issues we've called on those refiners to operate safely but quickly come back online and they're not going to do anything And now they reverse course an hour later they are Tapping into the strategic petroleum reserve so they can get their little heroin high But this is big big big big big trouble ladies and gentlemen That's what it is
Rep. Pat Fallon: Military Recruitment Declines Due to Vaccine Mandate
"Will be following the developments out of Florida with the coast guard doing heroic work and what's been going on. Well, instead of being congratulated, many of those young men and women are being booted right out of the coast guard because of these vaccine mandates. You know what? God doesn't make any sense. First and foremost, for your listeners, the military hasn't even met the recruiting goals this year. The army was 20,000 recruits short, the navy only had 89% and the air force was also several thousand shy. And in that kind of a time, just did just to be pragmatic. Why in the world would you throw out bodied well trained in our military because they won't take an unproven experimental vaccine? It is literally boggles the mind. And that's what Joe Biden is doing. It's the worst time. I don't first of all, obviously, Todd Starr's less freedom and liberty, so do I. I would never think that's a good idea. But particularly in times like this when you're not meeting your criticals, it's like, that's like national suicide.
Doug Sits Down With Ken Paxton, the Attorney General of Texas
"Don't mind, take a minute or two and just sort of tell us about being born in North Dakota. You know, why not? You know, here we go. And just bring it up to where we're at now is sort of giving them a background of who you are. Yeah, so my dad was an air force B-52 pilot, so I was born in mine at North Dakota live there the first 5 years of my life. We moved to Florida for a couple of months where my dad trained to go to Vietnam. He was flying a smaller plane in Vietnam. And so then we moved to New York with my grandparents, while my dad was a Vietnam for a year and from there, North Carolina for a few years and then I mostly grew up in California. Escaped California moved Oklahoma and then when I had a choice, when I was 18, I moved to Texas and went to Baylor university and ultimately ended up at the University of Virginia law school and then back in Texas and married here in four children that all were born in the great state of Texas.
North Korea fires ballistic missile over Japan
"South Korea says one of its missiles malfunctioned and fell during a drill I Norman hall A South Korean ballistic missile malfunction and fell on land during a live fire drill with the United States the sound of the blast and subsequent fire triggered panic among residents in the coastal city They feared an attack from increasingly hostile North Korea South Korea's joint chiefs of staff said no one was hurt in the accident the military acknowledged the accident hours after Internet users posted videos showing an orange ball of flames emerging from an area they described as near an Air Force Base On Norman hall
House GOP Unveils 'Commitment to America' Agenda Ahead of Midterms
"Republican Party wants to give us a little hope. They came out with their commitment to America plan. It outlined a few things, but here are some of the here are some of the specifics of the plan according to Kevin McCarthy. The House minority leader under the first thing an economy that's strong, Republicans outlined the following. They want to fight inflation and lower the cost of living, curb wasteful government spending that is raising there and bring stability to the economy through pro growth tax and deregulatory policies. Okay, I think they need to get a little more personal. They still sound too wonky. Make America energy independent and reduce gas prices. They need to refill the strategic petroleum reserve. Another thing they don't list on here, they need to get rid of these CRs. These continued resolutions, where they can spend as much money as they freaking want because we don't have an annual budget. I'd like to see them force Joe Biden's hand. Make America energy independent and reduce gas prices is the second thing by maximizing production of reliable, cleaner, American made energy and cut the permitting process time in half to reduce reliance on foreign countries prevent rolling blackouts and lower the cost of gas and utilities in essence they could have said what Sarah Palin said, drill baby drill.
Nicole Saphier: Stacey Abrams' 6-Week No Heartbreat Claim Is Wrong
"But here's the audio clip that I want you to hear. This is doctor Nicole Safire, audio clip number 5 profile, Sean. What's going to happen on social media? I'm waiting for those warning signs for information labeling because this was a flat out lie. In fact, matter, especially when you're talking to people and especially when you're in politics and you're wanting people's votes. Unfortunately, people are going to believe what she has to say. But I'm going to just deliver the truth and point out is a complete lie. So at about three weeks after gestation or after conception, the hearts of the cells of the heart, the myocardium starts to rhythmically contract. So really, the heart starts beating at three weeks. Yes, you can start seeing the heartbeat 5 to 6 weeks after conception on the ultrasound. But that's only because it's so small and because of all the other structures are in the way with the pelvis. But that heart is contracting very easy. Early on, it is not a conspiracy. It is not anything to do with what she's talking about. And I think that she needs to be held accountable for the lies that are coming out of her mouth. Yeah, I absolutely agree with doctor sapphire. She's absolutely right. And I think Stacey Abrams knows the truth, but she's a Marxist. This is what you have to understand. This is why I want you to see Uncle Tom too. I want you to understand how far the marxists have taken us. How far they've taken the black community, where we are the people that are going to be most likely to be aborted. Stacey Abrams support this and then she spills out a lie, saying that, listen, there is no heartbeat at 6 weeks. Absolute complete and utter lie
"air force" Discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast
"Brian. Boy I'm behind. I've been out in the Woods for quite a while now. Although Micah, you know, I was where was I? Very southern New Hampshire. I think in for some, for some strange reason, listening to the radio. Which I don't think I've listened to the radio and well, I can't remember the last time I listened to the radio. The real radio, but it was on in the car and as I'm listening, I hear this voice, and I thought, I know this voice, this is the director of the Portland jet port and it was a conversation with him, a news story. So there is some news about the Portland international jetport. It is really great news. Yeah, Paul Bradbury, who we had on the show as a guest a couple of times and talked about this project. Runway 11 two 9 has been resurfaced and it was closed for the past, oh, I don't know, close to 13 weeks, but they were supposed to reopen today. They finished early and it actually reopened Friday night. Instead of opening on tonight, Monday night, they opened Friday night three days early, which is unbelievable for a project like that. And I actually drove by there today and you can see how shiny and beautiful that runway is. And I haven't spoken with Paul about it, but he must be thrilled. And the Portland press Herald did an article about it, and it's already, if you look through the comments, there's a couple of interesting comments. One says, oh, bummer, I enjoyed the plane flying over my neighborhood online to the short runway of frequent reminder that people are out and about living their lives. And somebody else said it was fun counting around 30 planes, fly overhead on Sunday, June 5th. Now it's only tweet tweet and then somebody else said, and this is my favorite. I wonder how long it'll take in south Portland for somebody to start complaining about airplanes, flying over their houses again, even though they bought a house near the airport. And I swear that wasn't me. I saw that. I thought that might have been you. But it wasn't, though. We should all commit to making that post every time we see that kind of stuff. Yeah, yeah, for sure. Onto some listener mail, we heard from our friend shreen. He said dropping in a very quick note on the alpha issue is just talking we were talking about retirement age for pilots. He said, in the words of tick and tech, the tapper brothers, the apple stances. One. Japan allows airline pilots to fly until they are 67. They only fly domestic legs, Australia does one better. You can fly until you can keep your medical. Now, because of the Ikea rule of 65, they can't fly over international waters, but they do fly on domestic routes. Then two, until 2009, the retirement age in the U.S. was 60. The iko retirement age was 65, so that ended up in many captains retiring from united and then going over to airlines in India and the Middle East and flying 5 more years. But when the FAA changed the rule in 2009, these very pilots were now legal to fly in the United States and that's exactly what they ended up doing, albeit in non U.S. registered airplanes. The alpha stance in 2009 can be seen here and this is a piece from AIN online from July 2007 alpha reviews reverses course on opposition to age 60 rule. In that ain online article they say in late May of that year 2007, I guess the executive board of the airline pilots association or alpa voted by an 80% margin to end its four decade opposition to any efforts to raise the limit. The union said that in the face of concerted efforts to change the rule by Congress and the FAA, the executive board directed that union resources be committed to protecting pilot interests by exerting influence in any rule change. Back to srini and he said, third item, it is true that the pilots above 65 won't be able to fly internationally and that would mean retraining them from widebody to narrow body airplanes as well as displacement for the other pilots. So he did some calculating here. As to the number of pilots he said, southwest zero, no pilots. Why? Because one airplane, one airplane type. So no retraining required. Same for spirit, no pilots of affected one airplane type. So no retraining. Now, American has a 120 wide bodies. Let's assume 8 sets of pilot per plane and half of that are close to 65, so that would be 480 pilots. Delta has about the same as American, so there's another 400 odd pilots. He calculates similarly for united about 400 odd pilots. Not that pilots are odd for those airlines, but rough numbers. So while 1200 pilots at the most conservative estimate might need to be retrained, that's not even 5% tenant most of the total pilot population of the airlines. So if done in a planned manner, it would cause minimum displacements and the choice would be great. For example, pilots could possibly decide to at around 63, either stay long haul and retire at 65 or move fleet and get two more years. Shrink says the reason you couldn't connect the dots is because the dots are on different pages of the book. Which is a great analogy. So he closes, love the show, has always looking forward to episode 1000 boy. That's a scary thought. And that's from shrined. You know, I'm curious about what he said about pilots downgrading into the smaller sized aircraft because I wonder how many would actually do that because pilot pay is based on the size of the aircraft that you fly. And when you downgrade, you're making less money per hour. So I'm wondering how many would choose to do that versus just retire at that point. Yeah, I guess in part depends on how important flying is to you and your desire to keep doing it..
"air force" Discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast
"So we're giving them F-35s to fight. Now, these are F-35s that are early block production. So they are not as capable as what's currently being fielded in the front lines. But they will provide a capability that currently are aggressive squadrons don't have. There's even one already painted up in aggressor camouflage. So it looks like a bad guy. But yeah, it will definitely provide practice in using low observable aircraft. Which we currently don't have as aggressors. Now, of course, they aggressors will be taking place at nellis. So the 65th 65 will be at nellis. So it's primarily for the red flags. What will be interesting to note will be when the aggressors, the 65th will fly. We degrade our aircraft when we have peers or flying with us or foreign nations flying. So sometimes they degrade the capabilities of the aircraft because they don't want people to know fully what even our allies fully what we're capable of doing. So it'll be interesting to see if we have a very international red flag. Whether the air force will be putting up these 5th generation aggressors or not. But definitely, good for the air force for recognizing that it was they needed this threat. Capability and it was either that or go to the thunderbirds. Ironically, the blue angels that were flying right now, those super hornets. There was ease and F's. Those are first generation E and fs. So they're great for things like demonstration squadrons, but they're not necessarily great for frontline combat units. So these F-35s won't be able to be upgraded, but they definitely will provide a complete threat for our next generation pilot. Yeah, it sounds like it's a good use for the early block F-35s. I mean, as I think described in the past, the F-35 program was intentionally operated in a way where they didn't really try to ship the first, the first planes with full capabilities all figured out and tested out and developed that the sort of progression of improvements blocked by block and getting us to where we are today, which must be pretty is the F-35 well, nothing's ever done, but David, is it essentially done now? I don't think so. I think part of what the F-35 program was designed to be designed to do was to be able to be upgraded easily going forward. Now that's been a challenge, but and with other countries coming on, I don't see there will be a be an end of production for the F-35 anytime soon because we keep getting new nations coming on. To take these capabilities and with new nations coming on into NATO, the F-35 is becoming quite Detroit for NATO countries. So you can almost see Finland getting them and possibly Sweden. You know those neutral countries as well as other countries now. Turkey. Of course, didn't get them because of the weapon systems that they purchased from Russia. But other countries will eventually take on the F-35. And it's going to be probably the mainstream aircraft like the F-16 is forever. We know that Israel has had F-35s for some time, but they provided an example of a country that's working to make modifications so that they're more suited to the mission that they have, right? Yeah, there was another article in the war zone, the drive and the war zone about the Israeli F-35 eyes, which I is for Israel. And Israel has some specific needs. In fact, they need to be able to extend the range and it seems that Israel has found a means to do that by they have found a way to extend the range of the F-35 by adding extra fuel to them, although the article says they don't know exactly how it's been done. There's been some work done that way with external tanks and they think that this may be some kind of something to do with conformal tanks. But the problem with adding extra fuel and external or conformal tanks is it changes this stealth rating of the F-35 and Israel is specifically trying to do this so they can get into Iran and back. I'm sorry Iraq and back without any concerns for refueling with their 7 KC one 35s. David, I'm wondering if you know anything about how they're looking at extending the range and adding more fuel to them. They're going to do it by drop tanks, according to this article, which is not anything out of the ordinary. I mean, drop tanks have been, of course, used since World War II and basically you use the drop tanks precisely to drop them. So it's using a technique that the Israelis used when they attack the osek reactor and Iraq. They used all the fuel in the tanks first, pop the tanks and then you regain the stealth capabilities of it. So range is important and lack of air to air refueling, which is also important. So, but yeah, I mean, right now, the F-35 is not designed for fuel tanks, but it doesn't mean that the F-22 does have long-range fuel tanks, but it's primarily it's primarily designed for transporting the aircrafts from one base to.
"air force" Discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast
"Significantly because these are presidential aircraft or would be used to carry the president is that there are sort of additional security requirements for the people that work on the plane. That's very, very typical. So in a tight labor market, when you're trying to find qualified mechanics, that's hard enough right now. But you also have to find individuals who can pass the strict security requirements. Yeah, it's just a no win situation and trying to pass those background checks aren't necessarily easy. It's very difficult if you're going to have any kind of any foreign workers. And you just have to be able to get through the whole security clearance as well as have the skills. And as we've talked about before, the part of the problem with these particular aircraft is that they have to tear everything out in order to then rebuild it. And you have to have the security clearance on both sides of the tear out and the rebuild. I think Boeing is stated publicly that this $3.9 billion contract is something that they may be regret signing, at least with these with these terms. And they've lost a significant amount of money on this project so far. One last thing, and maybe David knows, but the current paint scheme that we see on Air Force One. That goes back quite a quite a ways, doesn't it, David, the Z go back to the Kennedy administration? It does. Jacqueline Kennedy was co designer. So it basically was originally done on the 7 O 7s to provide a color scheme that was traditional and it definitely had it was done an offer at the top of my head. I can't remember who the very famous artist was who did designs for various manufacturers that touch, but it was designed back in the Kennedy administration and went through all of the 7 O 7s, and then of course when the 7 47s came aboard, it's also on, again, like I said, the C 32s, which are the two 7 5 7s, as well as the C 37s, which is the 7 37. So the whole, that whole scheme is carried through on all of the executive flight aircraft for the air force. And it's probably the single most recognizable 747 in the world with that paint scheme. So seeing something changed that iconic would have been heartbreaking. Yeah, I can understand it. I actually rather like the darker paint scheme. I think it looks pretty good, but I think, you know, even without the potential overheating problems, I think there's a lot to be said for the tradition of the color scheme that we've had for all these years. And as you said, David, it's recognizable around the world. And believe it or not, it has changed once. Believe it or not, Jimmy Carter stripped the colors so they would be more fuel efficient during the fuel crisis in the 70s. Wow. There's a bit of trivia. Yeah, there's obscure trivia for you. But that didn't last very long. Part of it is, you know, sometimes you want an aircraft to where you want to have a signal to everybody, you know? Air Force One when it's parked on a tarmac. Is Air Force One and there's no, I know misidentifying it. So, you know, as a high value high value asset, you kind of like it to stick out like a short thumb. So that people know it's there and that it's going to be well guarded, et cetera. So having it look like a normal airliner probably wouldn't work so well. Not to mention an airliner of a lacking airliner that went out of business previously based the color scheme. It was based on. But let's move on to really cool things like F-35 aggressors. Aggressors, yes, the drive reports that the U.S. Air Force 65th aggressor squadron or a GRS has been reactivated at nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. Using the F-35 a lightning two, you can't get around using a fours and F 5s forever. You need pure equivalent aircraft and in other words, 5th generation aircraft. We have we all know that and we've talked about this that China has worked really hard to develop their stealth aircraft capabilities. And of course, the Russians also have. So we have near pure adversaries now that are flying more advanced aircraft than we were flying with our aggressors. Now the 65th has been on and off for a while. The 65th was flying at 15 and was retired for economic reasons in the last financial crisis where we had sequestration, the F 15s were sent back out to units. So they were using F 15s and F-16. So the F-16 state is aggressors, but the F-16s June and as well as all of our contractors who are flying things like a four K from New Zealand and F 5s from Switzerland and now is really of 16s. They are fourth generation or three plus generation aircraft. We need to have something that will teach our pilots how to fight 5th generation aircraft. So we're giving them F-35s to fight. Now, these are F-35s that are early block production..
"air force" Discussed on Airplane Geeks Podcast
"Because dark paint make airplanes over heat, there's a reason why the presidential aircraft or the presidential helicopters are called white tops. And that is to keep the air cream cool. It's also the same reason why every UPS van, although Brown on the sides is white on the top. Well, the paint scheme that was chosen by our former president had dark blue insignia blue on the engines, and that was going to cause the engines to overheat. So the air force said, well, that's Boeing's responsibility because Boeing is locked into a fixed price contract. So anything over that will cost Boeing. Part of the thing was that the overall color scheme was darker colors. It was a very dark red and a very dark blue. Which are not easy colors to work with. I mean, besides the blue angels and the thunderbirds, you don't see those colors too often. And this goes all the way back to McDonald's Douglas and their Casey tens where originally if you remember the KC tens, they came out. They were in a beautiful gray and powder blue and white color scheme in the air force hated it. And McDonnell Douglas said, well, you painted battleship gray, your nullifying the warranty on the aircraft because we're not going to be responsible if it overheats. Sure enough, that's what the air force did. And sure enough, that's what they spent three years trying to fix. After they started painting at gunship gray. So this is not an uncommon thing that aircraft based on their colors besides the color weight of the paint, but the color of the paint causes overheating. Yeah, and if you take a look at the current Air Force One scheme, it's a fairly light blue and there's a lot of white in it. If you go back to serous aircraft, when they first started producing them about 22 years ago, they were virtually completely white with just small little accents, stripes. And it was many years probably about ten years into it where they were able to get composites that could actually handle the heat. And so now you can get them in all kinds of beautiful colors, but that's the reason all the early ones are all white is because the composites they were using couldn't handle the heat that would be generated by putting darker colors on them. But there's good news. There's good news because neither Boeing nor the air force have to worry at all about this paint job at all. They found a solution. They did. They did. The first item we mentioned was from Politico in Politico had a follow-up story. I think just literally two days later in the Biden administration announced that these two new Air Force One planes will not change the paint scheme to the darker red, white and blue, scheme. These administration stated that proposed paint scheme is not being considered because it could drive additional engineering time and cost. And as David mentioned, a Boeing has a fixed price contract to $3.9 billion fixed price contract to modify these two 747 8 and he changes and Boeing would have had to had to pay for that. You kind of wonder, this is one of those things where you kind of wonder how come nobody thought of this or picked up on it previously, especially David, you know, with this history of issues with dark paint on aircraft, but apparently nobody did. My conspiratorial mind uh oh. Oh, this will be good. When I first heard this, my conspiratorial mind was, we were looking for a problem to go with an answer. And I basically, I don't think there were many people in the world who actually thought that painting Air Force One in anything but its traditional colors was a good idea. So I think this was a way for the air force Boeing Boeing even has bought had bought the normal Air Force One paint for the aircraft before suggested paint scheme change. This is probably a plausible deniability. It makes sense that it doesn't work, but I have a feeling that everybody involved was looking for a way to get back to the other paint scheme. I mean, one of the other things I've said was that if Air Force One traditionally went to a new paint scheme, the rest of the executive fleet, which are modeled after that same paint scheme, would also have had to have changed. So to see 32 C 37s, the rest of the executive fleet would also have to change. So I don't think anybody in their right mind was looking forward to changing the color scheme to Air Force One, especially us. People who are historically think that it's probably one of the prettiest aircraft ever. So, but you know, Boeing can't get any good news on the VC 25 B without having more bad news. I know. It's true. Defense one dot com reports Boeing can't find enough workers to build the new Air Force One. There have been to so many problems with this, we talked to some time ago about the subcontractor. One of the subcontractors GDC technics in Boeing canceled their contract. They were supposed to do well, a variety of engineering aspects, but maybe most significantly the interior for these two aircraft. And I guess there were, there were delays or other performance issues that Boeing saw or that was there. That was their opinion. So they canceled that contract. I think GDC technics filed for bankruptcy some time ago. So there was all that delay. And now we've got this Micah, the GAO, the government accountability office, says that Boeing is having difficulty finding enough skilled mechanics to work on these airplanes..
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"The aircraft delivered in nineteen sixty two was given the number. Sim twenty six thousand. It was i used on november tenth. Nineteen sixty two to fly president kennedy to the funeral of former first lady. Eleanor roosevelt. sim twenty. Six thousand wasn't used from nineteen sixty two to nineteen ninety eight and served every president from kennedy to clinton although it wasn't always the primary plane this plane was made famous for being the location of linden johnson's inauguration and it was also involved in a fly over during president. Kennedy's funeral followed by fifty fighter. Jets sim twenty. Six thousand is currently on display at the wright patterson museum. Sim twenty seven. Thousand was another modified boeing seven seven which entered service in nineteen seventy two. When i say. I'm twenty seven thousand is put into service. The twenty six thousand became a secondary plane. The sim twenty. Seven thousand was dubbed the spirit of seventy six by richard nixon. Any headed painted on the nose. This was the plane. That famously took president nixon to china. When nixon resigned his resignation took effect when he was in the air over missouri. The pilot colonel. Ralph albertazzi changed the call sign of the aircraft. When the appointed time arrived by notifying kansas city. Air traffic control. That air force one was now. Sim twenty seven thousand. Because the president was not on board during the tenure of president ford. The plane was equipped with defensive systems for heat seeking missiles and he was also the first to start calling the plane itself. Air force one. Not just the call. Sign sim twenty. Seven thousand also served presidents. Ford carter reagan bush clinton and the other bush. It's last flight was on august. Twenty ninth two thousand one. When it flew president george w bush and his family to the ranch outside waco texas. Sim twenty seven. Thousand is now on display at the ronald reagan presidential museum in california in nineteen ninety. The current presidential planes were brought into service the boyne. Vc twenty-five is a modified. Military version of a boeing seven forty seven and there are currently two of them they have the codes. Sim twenty eight thousand and s. Am one thousand nine thousand. These planes have capabilities. That previous presidential aircraft lacked. They can refuel in flight. Which means they can basically fly indefinitely. They have enough communications equipment on board to run the entire military from the air. After the attacks on september eleventh they were upgraded. Such the president can do a live broadcast on board to the entire nation. All of the wiring aboard the aircraft are shielded to protect it from a nuclear electromagnetic pulse and there is twice as much cable as what is normally found a seven forty seven. Sim twenty eight thousand twenty. Nine thousand are probably the most sophisticated aircraft in the world from a communications perspective. The current planes have sleeping quarters for the presidential family and other members of the presidential staff as well as a seating section for members of the press. They're is four thousand square feet of space available on.
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"Cuz the Navy, let him find F-18 out to Reno earlier but for the rest of the Squadron so that he could be there that weekend, get married because they were all even like Friday Saturday and you wouldn't it was a Saturday. It was a Sunday morning race at that time. It wasn't dead. But it is now and so, yeah. So then we got married and he literally got out of plane and I got on a plane and the, you know, kind of carried on. But we spent pretty much our first year of marriage apart. Like a birthday anniversary. He was in Kandahar randomly and I was in cable, so we had ice cream over zoom, we're going now. So we did have a big white wedding and the Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, and September 2011. So just make up for it. Yeah, military life, kind of makes things challenging, especially dual military, and you guys were two different services, so it looks like. Let's make it more and more and more complicated and try and like figure it out and civil engineers deploy a lot, and the Air Force. So, like, at the time, they were, like, six months on six months off. So, I actually, they tried to pass me three times. I got back in March, and I was pcsing, actually had PCS orders for June. And I tried to ask me three times for July and August of that year, I was dead. Home for six months before I left again. But luckily PCS orders was like, can't can't tell me again, but that's the way it was. We were gone all the time. Yeah. And that's, I think that's kind of why, you know, I ended up taking like it was just, I was in just come from the month before became joint staff and I was in the j3, I was in the engineering side and the irony was that I was sourcing Engineers to deploy them and it was helpful. I guess I had deployed especially under such a joint environment cuz I kind of knew the label and with the other services engineers and how they laid down their forces to be able to deploy them. But God and so going to like air staff. I would have been like the more natural progression. But, you know, when to roll the dice see where I could go by actually living with my husband for the first time. And, you know, cuz I'd having a family at that point, it was, you know, five and were you able you were able to get out a little bit early. Weren't they doing something? Where you go to a chance to leave the military early again. Yeah. So I got to I qualified by Walking Dead. 19 days for the temporary early, retirement Authority in during sequestration when sequestration head..
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"I'm really close to still to this day so yeah, so was your time but so that was before but we're the second team and kirkuk is right up where they found Saddam Hussein. So there's you know, a lot of Pride with the army guys would go and hanging out the Army and seeing how the rough conditions they had compared to us. We go play poker over there and and be like, oh you're in a bombed-out building. I am am not in a body. Come. Building J Air Force, but they persevered as well, they were their group and then knows that ACC staff. I've deployed back to Iraq in Baghdad this time down effete and I did that was a lot of fun too. Because we worked for the Army and that case directly much like you were the PRT. So we were directly under them back to our mission and we, again, you know, kind of highlighting the difference between Paris and combat and combat engineers and in the Army and then Air Force civil engineers. We were experts at bass master plans. And so, a lot of stuff we did was wrong and when I was in Baghdad, as we not only were the Garrison Engineers for various places doing the making sure the lights worked and you can, you know, small construction. I want this room changed into this. I want to take over here. I want to you know, off temporary building over here. I need Plumbing. I need this, you know, generators AC. We didn't do the maintenance of certain that that was a different type. Those are for civil engineers, but a different type of team, but we certainly planned it out an estimate and worked with contract. There's a fee, be but the fun part of that is the division would send us out to various fob in Baghdad or right south of Baghdad to do bass, master planning, and see blademaster, you know, different things. Can we put stryker's age, 25? And I went to 5 is that were, as big as you hire people to some that were, like, a couple hundred some that were under constant attack. Like, you know, you couldn't go out to the rest rooms or their restroom shoes off outside and you can go out to the restroom between 2 and 8 p.m. because of small arms fire and whatnot and things might land on your head and conveniently at that time. And and then two days earlier than that, I was at a club was right on the Tigris where they would close. They would open up the gates twice a day, and let the Iraqi school children walk through because it was safer for them to walk through the base than to go around it. So just very interesting dichotomy of what you see and how you felt and where you went. I had a great opportunity to meet a bunch of army engineers and then go up to our field to help the Koreans move their facilities, out of the way from home..
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"Hopefully off the lucky people get to do more than one. Yeah, and I think you really highlighted how different the Air Force civil engineers are than the Army civil engineers, because the whole purpose of air force civil engineers is maintaining the base so that the airplanes can land. And like, that's why the technical skills of like building vertical structure and you mentioned as falling which is little holes. Yeah. Holes in the runway and like all the different stuff and like I think the first year of being airport, civil engineer, when you get to do your training and go down to Florida and New Jersey, Google like learning how to do all this stuff is probably like, one of my favorite memories cuz it was like, besides them up here, stuff, but and and negotiate. The notes teams are the worst, but it's it's just really cool. Like the mission of Air Force civil engineers is just, it's a really cool Mission and I was talking to someone who is considering doing civil engineering, just like, but I don't really like civil engineering and I'm like, oh well, they're for civil engineering isn't the same as anything else out there. Yeah. It's like menu has many layers but it's very broad spectrum. In terms of, you know how diverse experiences you can have, you know, you can get very specialized, you know, get on the Pavements of all team, you know, get your Master's and and horizontal construction and pavement and Geotech and what not, and really nice, you know, deep dive into that area or you can kind of still maintain a little bit of a generalist and and get into it all or the construction management piece of it. You know, if you're not a design person and there isn't a whole lot of designs that you can't wage. And there's opportunity now especially where you can really deep dive into the design piece and exercise that that side of your brain and that muscle. Yeah, so your first assignment was that one September eleventh birthday that is yeah. Yeah. So that was, that was exciting. We were so severe amounts to Air Force Base and they had with the Airborne been a while now. What is it called? The where they can launch all the nukes from the same claim? It'll come to me. I'll think of the word the acronym, but Airborne operation sent the info in. Someone can correct me on that one, but now she doesn't exercise every year with that. And we actually happened to be in that exercise. Me and another second Lieutenant. You know, I guess I just picked on first lieutenant. But anyway, we were Manning, the command post and on opposite Church twelve hours. Just but our shifts went from like noon to midnight instead of kind of a 6 to 6, or noon to midnight. And I just I remember getting a call in the morning and and feed going. Chris, you can't come in for your not coming in. How you first, are you awake and you should turn the TV on? And I just remember sitting there, like, whoa, you know what, what is going on in? My dad was stationed in the Pentagon at the time. So I'm not worried about him like we, he was, he was TY, but it come to find out later. He would go to the Army General's office, those completely destroyed every Friday and so, it kind of hits home on that one. But we stayed in Command Center off, because of the, the security site for missile base was high. Probably through, think long and well, now obviously, but I feel like it was months. November December time frame. So, I worked, we worked out of the he and I just stated that worked out of command post until one of our teams, and he left for Diego Garcia wage, then me. And another tenant kept kept it going on that piece. But it was interesting because everything we wrote down in, there was archival. So it had to be saved in and put it in archives..
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"Disqualified me from the service. I I actually was going through my medical records the other day and I have six stamps that said, not qualified for military service. I find that's the irony right, choice. So, I fought it and we got a waiver and got a waiver, but I had to be re-evaluated to my psoriasis, every semester all the way up, leading up to commissioning. When she got a I had already been technically, like the ceremonial commissioned and I still didn't know if I was actually going to serve. I had to wait for the approval to come through. And then the crazy part is once I was commissioned and you took, it didn't matter who went away. It just also, the reason that they didn't want they were going to preclude me from service, I guess is, because it made me not worldwide, Deployable, which is another irony Gane. Point that you had done like five deployments and two different overseas bases. So we kind of work through that. So I wasn't, I was no longer find Qualified and that that was kind of a bummer. I really need to be a pilot on that piece but they said once I was Commissioned, I could reapply, but as the story goes, I never really did that but I really enjoyed what I was doing and I didn't really feel like starting over and I get rid of a bad Motion sex so probably wouldn't have worked out for me. Anyways, on that on that piece of it. But yeah, so I finally got commissioned and found out is commissioned, and then I went soldiering. I thought we want to go red horse. My dad was in red horse, 19th. Let's talk about red horses cuz people are probably. Yeah, she talking about I know what you're talking about. It's a combat wage engineer. Squadron. They do heavy construction and go in right after, you know, my my Red Horse Friends, they're out there please comment. And you can clarify for me, but certainly the, the idea is dead. The stick ups and an army and and whoever secures a location and then red horse goes in and makes repairs, the runway and creates any kind of vertical structures to support the mission. Until it's based on 1 June years in common and do the rest. I think of me as summarized that quite simply I was really bad but they have air assault, they can come out of helicopters. Now they come out of the 130s or jump qualify. May have some stuff that they can throw out of a back of the C-130 to get things started. If they can't get there any other way or the plane can't land until they do small repair or what not to. So they're they're pretty cool. My dad was in Paris when I was born and I you know I played a lot of sports in high school and and whatnot. So I really liked the idea of getting out there and getting dirty. At the time, they weren't putting any second lieutenants, in red horse, but they offered me to go to a base. That had red horse. Of my choices were like, Florida, Vegas and Montana. They wouldn't send anybody to create. Oh, and those were the only three bases this time that they had, little known fact. I actually woke A minute tried to try to get the Air Force to start a snowboarding team, really got into snowboarding and so I chose Montana for that. I could snowboard but then, you know, get to know the Commander's and those notionally if I try. My cell in and work hard and did a good job, I could possibly move across the base to the eighth. Nineteen red horse Squadron and spent two years there until you're safe side. And then we want to the red horse is an assignment..
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"I tell him that story too. Yeah, I remember that I was at a summer camp the week of that foul happen and I like love gymnastics and my parents recorded it for me and I was before like technology. So I got to watch it like a week late and nobody knew anything about like, you know, I was a little kid, no one loves me what happened, but yeah, we got to see it every once in a while. I think it's because we were simple Florida. It would get so hot. It was they would put us in like the Base theater and bring on the Olympics off before and after they'd be like, all right, you're really sweaty and hot. We don't want anybody to die on our watch Life Lock. You can watch the Olympics be inspired and then keep going at it. So, are there any other things from your time in ROTC? That really took out, I liked how you talked about it being home, which I found really funny because you're an Air Force brat, so it makes sense. But I describe the Air Force ROTC program is the same thing as finding like my home. I'm like where I needed to be and what I was looking for. So I thought that was interesting from like two totally like no military experience at all and you were like immersed in. It was really yeah, the people that go for ROTC and in general, like any service or or whatnot, all have a certain thing that's, between them. And they all want everybody to succeed and and immediately have this song, teamwork and acceptance, you know, doesn't you can be really nerdy. You can be the jock, you can be anything, but everybody ultimately wants to get commission and served their country, so it's like, hey, come on in, you know, hang out doing Friday night. He's on a PT. Have you been too peachy? Yeah. And so you are you have a civil engineering degree and that's what you did in the Air Force. And so what was that process? Like joining the Air Force as a civil engineer and this is like ninety-eight ish, right? Yeah, I was supposed to be class of ninety-eight. I took a full five years cuz I really love Boulder birth. No to graduate but actually there's a story behind that my ROTC scholarship segue into civil engineering and hang out there was was actually in chemistry..
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"Thank you for having me. I really appreciate it to see you again. Please served in the Air Force together so it's like a month. Minion party that you guys get to listen in on. So if you enjoy it. So, let's start with something that I don't know. Which is, why did you decide to join the military off? Well, good man, my father served in the Air Force for two months, shy of thirty years, he'll say, but thirty years. And so I grew up in Air Force brat, moved around and kind of had that lifestyle or a little bit ingrained. I graduated high school Earth, alconbury, and England was at Ramstein high school as well. So we'll shout out for those schools, you know, I did joke. When I graduated high school and I had an ROTC scholarship. I did tell my dad thought I'd already served eighteen years and I was ready to go see the world and he said and how are you going to pay for that? I was like, oh, probably good thing. I have an ROTC scholarship so that wasn't the sole reason. But that certainly got got me the University of Colorado in Boulder, attachment 105. And when I was there, one of the big things I found was a sense of community and right away, I was kind of on the fence of whether I was going to continue to call. Or not. But I don't know, since a community, a sense of home because, you know, having grown up on Air Force bases, or around Air Force bases. Being around people who are Air Force or want to be Air Force. It was very familiar to me that it helped being five thousand miles away from my family to have a kind of stuck at home and instead of friendships and something familiar so that kind of probably started it. But there was always a sense of service jobs in patriotism that I'd grown up with that. I still want to continue. So it wasn't really that hard. Even though I did joke with my dad about having already been there, done that growing up in Europe, especially as able to observe the US. And I am from a outside the Fishbowl and see kind of some of the the great values that we have and how we help Nations across the world and the a democracy kind of thing on that piece. So I've continued. One thing continue serving in that capacity as well as just service. I think it's important to give back to those who have gave so much on that part..
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"They had to really Because they were just they were cargo planes and so they had to come up with different ways of Of having the kids strapped in and everything and There's some interesting pitchers up in the. There's a passenger section up above the c five a Which looks like a regular airliner. Almost as far as the way the seats are but what they did was. They took little boxes and they brought bought the penalties boxes across the seats. And they'd have all the infants in it. And they would you know put a gigantic seatbelt across all the hold them in place and then the older kids some of the toddlers and stuff for in the lower part of the cargo area with different nations and different stuff and There but so it was i. I think there was well. Well over i think two hundred Well over two hundred kids. I think they were brought in that first flight. There i mean initially some. Wow we're going to Take a break here in just a moment but As you prepared for this personally knowing this was coming. What's going through your mind. Well that's the thing with me was the i was working in newborn nursery intensive care side. I was not assigned to a tactical hospital. So i was just working with my my kids up there and there was all this chaos going around and other places and i felt a little left out of it. To tell you the truth there was something to where i. I was kind of not my role. Hadn't changed and other people were and I was in the icu nursery and intensive care nursery and the intensive care. The hospital was right next to us. So the a couple of the medevac guys. The cormon that work the medevacs would come up from time to time. And i talk to them and they would take the whoever was to the intensive care site you know they were going to be part of the operation and others were involved on the ten city but i was still taking care of my kids which i knew was doing an important role but i didn't quite feel like i was part of it you know and so there's a little bit of a different feeling for me. Talk about that a lot on our next segment as well as of course the tragic beginning of operation baby lift. This is veterans chronicles. I'm greg columbus. Our guest is. Us air force veteran john mckearney. This has veterans chronicles. I'm greg columbus honored to be joined today by. Us air force veteran john mckearney. And we're talking about operation baby lift and his service at that time at clark air force base in the philippines and John of course for those who know the story of operation baby lift got off to an speak ably tragic. Start this huge c. Five a airplane loaded with kids and army personnel. Crashes and many of them were killed..
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"I kind of wanted just bury myself as just an an average sky within my flight and stuff but My drill instructor chose me to be the dorm sheaf and charge everybody when he wasn't there which i didn't want to embrace it i Because he had everybody from all over. And i'm in charge and stuff and That was a very interesting experience. The physical part and everything wasn't anything difficult or even the discipline but just trying to keep my my flight Under control in the d. I was not around and i have a story where i'm not. I don't have a lot of rhythm. And i had to march him to chow hall. And as you march and you come up to the end of the marching. There's a cadence you have to call to stop them in time and there was a wall and all the other flights do it right and i would come in and i would miss do it and the flight would actually start piling up against the wall marching in place. It looked like a scene out of like the guys on the bridge from the wizard of oz you know. Big soldiers rolled back and forth. And everybody makes fun of me. I finally got it down but it was. I was challenged rhythmically. Let's just say it that way so once. You're done with training where you immediately deployed to the philippines. There was there are a couple of other steps between from there actually was went up to sheppard air force base in wichita falls texas for training as a medic as a medical cormon and i was up there actually for months. I think we were there. And we learn you know all different aspects of the medical field At least most of them. Not some of the stuff that i was gonna come across later. It was really interesting. I i really started to get into it. Like i can do something else besides being a footman football guy so i just really embraced it and stuff in But i was still very competitive and at the end of the training. Right of one of our final Exam thing is a tree is where they put us inside of a hangar and then they have all these different airmen laying out on the tarmac and they have all these prosthetic injuries and we have to make a decision as to okay. How you do this one you know. Save this one. This one's an evisceration. You let this one go. And i went through it and i wanted and i got them all right and i was so proud of myself and then the drill instructor i mean the person running the training He came up to me and he was really upset with me afterwards. Because even though i had treated everybody correctly to save the ones that we couldn't say that i couldn't save with the visitations. I didn't take the time to leave them. The morphine packets so any key and it was it was something that didn't really hit home at the time about the compassion for life. Because i really hadn't experienced death and to me it was just like a competitive thing but something to kind of stuck in my my subconsciously about being more compassionate about life and that whole process so that was kind of a beginning awakening me about you know thinking about what i was going to be as far as a cormon. So so were you planning at this point based on the training to be a combat Well that's that's what you know. I thought i was twenty twenty one years old right. So you're sitting there and that's what you you want. It's the end of vietnam so there's not like a lot of combat going there but as there's tactical hospitals that would rotate out to different skirmishes humanitarian efforts. And that's where you know..
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"Welcome to veterans chronicles. I'm greg columbus. Our guest in this edition is us. Air force. veteran john mckearney. He served four years in the air force and was stationed at clark air force base in the philippines at the time of operation. Baby lift the effort to rescue children in south vietnam from the communist north vietnamese forces as it became clear saigon would fall and for forty years after leaving the service. Mr macartney struggled with survivor's guilt. Because he was not on the ill-fated first flight of children from vietnam to the philippines and john. Thank you very much for being with us. Thanks for having me. Where were you born and racer I was born in dayton ohio ironically on an air force base wright patterson air force base I stayed there 'til. I was six months old and my dad was transferred to castle air force base in northern california. Mer said which. I don't think it's there anymore and from there down. He was transferred to norton. Air force base in san bernardino and after that he had a career in aerospace industry and we kind of just followed wherever those jobs led to. How many years did your dad spend in the service. He was during world war two. So i think it was about four four or five years. I think he was technically in the army air corps before it was actually became the air force in nineteen forty seven or whenever it was right on okay You're a very good football player and went to the university of oregon to continue Your football what position did you play. was recruited there by john robinson. Who coached who on the usc as a wide receiver But they he left and the big coaching change and they tried to put me at tight end which I didn't really want to do. And i had other some emotional issues at the time so I was there for little over a year. And then something stirred inside of me wanting to do something else. So i moved on. And how did that lead to you joining airplane. After i got i i left the school. I wasn't sure what i wanted to do I came back down to southern california. Where i was from and just things turned inside of me where. I wasn't sure what i wanted to do. And i always felt like all i was was a football player my whole life and i actually went by recruiting station and cited to go in and i think subconsciously i went into the air force one because my dad had been in the air force and i qualified for different specialties. I think subconsciously. I chose medical cormon because my mom was a registered nurse and i think that's what kind of precipitator and i was really scored really high So that's how. I actually went in and ended up going down to lackland air force base for my basic training. What was that like. That was interesting..
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"No i get you so you actually in november of eighty four. Eighty four dodge. Well it was. It was a couple of months before i was born. You know today to no. You should definitely shouldn't experienced matters right so so you entered an eighty four start off is off it is how do you say that is. Air force base nebraska. That was my first duty assignment. After i completed my basic military training my texaco. So did you start off your career as active duty. Gotcha so when did you transit transition to their national guard. And why did you decide to leave active duty marine and yeah. That's a long story that i won't go into but after five dates known each other three weeks we got engaged story. Yeah i was thirty four years later. Were still here okay. It should never worked okay. But he had an active duty marine at an active duty airman and never the twain shall meet right so he already ten years in the marine corps. So made sense for me. I did not want to get out. I loved the air force. it was my calling. It was my niche. But i was able palace chase which is a fancy couple words for transfer into the air national guard. I had about a year and a half left on my contract the requirement was you. Give the guard double the time back. Then you had on your activity contracts. So i had to give at least three or commitment to the national guard which i was fine with that. I didn't plan on getting out anyway. So that way. It allowed me to transfer with my husband so my first my family yep so my first national guard state was california and i served three years in california guard and then he got orders to y answer that i picked up to and transferred to the hawaii national guards and twenty years later. That's great no No you defied the statistics as me and my wife did as well. We got married seven or we got engaged seven months after my my deployment. So right there with you into situations. Yeah no it'd be it is it is. We're coming up on thirteen years now. Thirteen fourteen years being together so now definitely it's great didn't know you're married marine. Love that of the store during your time in service Gimme either a best friend or.