I read "The War Room" (article, Oct. 27) and I read the responses. I see everyone’s point. To get bent out of shape, as some writers have, remember one thing: The Air Force has been fighting as "real soldiers who are there" for quite some time now. It’s called "in-lieu-of" taskings. This means that we send Air Force personnel to do Army jobs for whatever reasons. Air Force communicators are escorting convoys, going outside the wire with Army patrols, etc.
Did you notice the part of the article where some pilots hate driving UAVs because they want to be back in their aircraft? The same aircraft you cheer on when you call in for that air support!
Trust me, I would love to have my guys back doing their jobs that keep you alive out there, instead of doing your job that they didn’t go to school for, or even sign up for.
Until you walk in their shoes and they in yours, don’t judge. I’m getting real sick of hearing everyone talk about joint cooperation, yet all I hear is complaining/whining/yelling.
If you are so much better, then tell your leaders to manage their people more efficiently so the Air Force doesn’t have to bail you out with manning and air support, which obviously isn’t appreciated. If you don’t like the intel you get from these dancing, chair force unicorns … then get your own.
Tech. Sgt. Patrick "Mac" McKimmieMisawa Air Base, Japan