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Capt Gregory Prickett
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The writer is correct, and not just at the officer level. When I was in the ANG, I had the opportunity to go to the retirement diner and ceremony for an SP Chief Master Sergeant who had been in the service longer than I had been alive, and had been a CMSgt at Ellington in the ANG longer than I had been in the service. He was completely dedicated to both his own unit and other SP units in the Guard.
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SMSgt Operations Superintendent
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I was Air Guard years ago before I switched over to the Reserve side. I remember back in the early days of OEF/OIF being told that many times commanders in the sand box would often request Guard units over active duty units. There are many reasons for that, but I also believe that the AD side could learn something from both the Guard and Reserve side of the house.
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SSgt Jeanne Wallace
SSgt Jeanne Wallace
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I was in the Wyoming AirGuard for many years..I think that the chief difference was and is the mission capable %...very often the AD were running in the 70%s mission capable..where are the guard was in the 90% bracket..why is that..never got a straight answer....but having worked turbo props on both ( C-130 at home station and AD C-130s AT)I'd say it was attitude about the A/C...AD work the aircraft for a few years and leave the military or change bases...the many guard units the
mechanics work the same A/C for decades and then hand it off to their younger sibs or to their children when they retire . The guard is very much a family business in many communities...so better care is taken, and honestly the pilots listen to you when you warn them about over stressing the air frame...its the only A/C they are likely to have access to and they know it
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SMSgt Keith Klug
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I am a retired active duty SP/SF. I found this very true of most officers who didn't come up supervising anyone beginning as 2nd Lts. And even those that did, promoted themselves out of positions of supervision/leadership into jobs that became career builders. Most of our officers are in planes and don't supervise anyone, but they are the ones promoted to 05/06 to become squadron, group and wing commanders, where as officer's who don't fly are looked down upon by their own peers. It is institutionalized that flyers get promoted over non flyers (IMHO). Starting in the 1990s the Air Force started using a business model to operate, we became a corporation with a lot of politics thrown in and lost our way, again IMHO. NCOs and SNCOs became marginalized by our commanders and our status was lost our experience was overlooked to make the airmen happy.
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