A select few flag officer positions in the services permit the occupant to stay on flying status. If you are on flying status you must fly to maintain currency and your hazardous duty (flight) pay. If the man, as a major, light colonel, and colonel flew F-15s then gets his star(s) and retains flight status to command large numbers of F-15s what would you
suggest he keep his currency in? A C-12?
|Quoting F4wso (Reply 1):
This may be a disconnect between the Public Affairs person and interviewee.
Right. I'm pretty sure they didn't give it an N-number and register it in his name. I don't expect to see it in the Air Races in Reno this September.
If you have some evidence that he took it on fishing trips that is one thing. Flag officers do have to attend meetings.
More to the point, can you prove
fraud, waste or abuse?
Was the person in question actually the general he claimed to be?
If the general needed to be in Madrid and
needed to maintain proficiency and currency in an airplane for which he was a qualified pilot (as required by AFRegs), why not combine these two things. Otherwise it is an airline ticket (wasteful when we have our own planes) or taking some other officer (or two or more) and some other airplane away from other duties to fly him down there - billet them, feed them, pay them per diem
task some other person with covering their duties while they are away and so on.
Only if the trip in question was not in the interest of the United States. I'd hazard a guess that most of the travel a general in Europe does begins with an interest in our State Department, migrates over to DoD, then the Air Force and finally our representative in the area is selected.
Yes, and we are not. I can recall an Army 4-star flying around in a C-54 that took a crew of about 7 people to support, plus a small Army of local station personnel. It dripped oil all over the ramp too! I've seen a California Senator and famous anti-smoking activist being flown around in Phillip Morris tobacco company's Gulfstream II
. I think that might come closer to the accusations you sling than an Air Force general flying an Air Force jet for which he is a rated pilot.
Even when I was an enlisted man I was pretty sure that most enlisted gripes have very little basis in fact.
edit: And YES it IS very different in the Air Force.
[Edited 2007-01-11 17:47:39]
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