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  1. What paragraph are you quoting? Chapter 7 spells it out: 7.4. Permanent Award of Aircrew Member Badges to US Air Force Members. A USAF CEA, non-rated officer aircrew member, or non-CEA enlisted aircrew member may qualify for an aircrew member badge if he or she is: (a) qualified for USAF aviation service, ( assigned an active or inactive FSC (not separated, suspended, or disqualified from aviation service) and © not considered a rated asset in the ARC. See also paragraph 7.2. 7.4.1. Permanently award the basic aircrew member badge to a CEA or other nonrated aircrew member effective the date he or she satisfies the requirement listed in Table 7.1. or meets one of the requirements in paragraphs – below: Member was medically disqualified for further performance of aircrew member duty as a result of wounds received in action while in a designated combat zone and performing primary duty as an aircrew member. The effective date for award of the badge is the same as the effective date of the AO that assigned ASC 03. Member was medically disqualified for further performance of aircrew member duty as a result of injuries received in an aircraft mishap while performing primary duty as an aircrew member. The effective date for award of the badge is the same as the effective date of the AO that assigned ASC 03. Member participated in at least 10 combat missions as a primary aircrew member in a designated combat zone (Combat support missions do not qualify for purposes of this computation. See AFI 11-401 for explanation of missions), or… Member was assigned to perform aircrew member duties and completed a minimum of one operational mission in space (50 miles above the earth). In addition to eligibility for permanent award of the aircrew member badge, the individual is eligible for the astronaut qualifier. Submit application for award of the astronaut qualifier (Attachment 2). Table 7.1 refers you back to Chapter 7, but also has this blurp: 36 paid months of Operational Flying. OP: Congrats, welcome to one of the best enlisted gigs in the AF.
  2. Mikey_G

    New Eng!

    Congrats, I used to be in the 61st as well. I noticed you live in Austin, I used to live in Orchard Estates. Top: Yes, the 61st still flies the E model. The green tails limp in and out of parking but they still get the job done.
  3. IIRC that is what EEBD's were originally designed for.
  4. USAF Herks carry EPOS or Emergency Passenger Oxygen System for the pax. They are normally thrown on some litter stantion brackets or behind the seat. Crew members have the option of using their helmet/mask hooked up to an oxygen source on the aircraft, a firefighter/smoke mask hooked to an oxygen bottle, or utilize an EEBD (Emergency Escape Breathing Device).
  5. Hey I was there too, PM inbound.
  6. 5 year ago today ladies and gents. RIP brothers.
  7. Mikey_G


    Worse, an af.mil reporter.
  8. I've heard stories of people throwing eggs out the sexton port as well. :D
  9. Mikey_G

    An Loc

    Leaving for Mildenhall at the end of the month.
  10. Mikey_G

    An Loc

    I've flown just about every LR green tail since 2008. Now that I am leaving, I wish I would have done more research on these birds to see what they have been through.
  11. IIRC they fall under -135 of the FAR/AIM. They also have their own acronym/saying: OOTSK! or Order Of The Sleepless Knights. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=OOTSK
  12. Yes, important lesson learned, don't dig out IEDs with your hands.
  13. It's not the buffer boards that allow this, they were a carry over from the Talon I and we can fly at 250 without them. The longerons on the tail are beefed up, a 19" switch (ramp opens 19" before the doors opens), a second uplock, and a second door actuator were added. I'm speaking MC-130H specific, whether or not the J's have the same thing well, I don't know.
  14. Several buddies of mine tested it out in Yuma, they love it. Said something along the lines that the radios have of up to 27 different channels. One of them was even communicating with a C-17 crew a few spots down from where the C-130 was.
  15. I can't imagine why anyone would hold it in the open position while in the uplocks for an extended period of time, it takes me less than a second to go to open then pull the emergency release lever. Then again some of the W/C/N's in the -1/-9 are in there because someone got a case of the stupids.
  16. Just as a quick clarification, in TO 1C-130(M)H-1 there is a caution that will tell you to go to Open for 2-3 seconds then position the switch to Close for in flight. On the ground the procedures are the same for the E model (go to Open, pull Emergency Release Lever, hold the door switch in the Closed position until locked). When I flew slick H's, I'd usually follow the same procedure as the E anyway, force of habit.
  17. Err..uhh...ehhh...aaaaaaah, open mouth insert foot? :p
  18. I just left there as a student and I never saw a gray A model. Maybe he's talking about the bird that tests the funky laser? I think it's white though. I don't know the total number of birds at Kirtland, but I know there aren't 4 Talon II's.
  19. I've got plenty of great memories flying, met some great folks, had a lot of fun TDY, I just won't be missing Arkansas...at all.
  20. As much as I share the same love for the 130, I don't share the same love for the location, I cannot wait to leave this place.
  21. When I was a crew chief on HH-60's, there was a maintainer who wrote "All 4 main rotor blades tip cap drain holes elongated". I hit him with the forms, repeatedly.
  22. Not DU, but related, I heard on the older herks the side and overhead emergency escape hatch handles used to contain small amounts of radioactive material that would glow. I can't confirm if that's valid or one of those "F with the new guys jokes".
  23. I should be back at my home duty station next week. I'll pull out one of the CDS kits and take notes if someone hasn't already responded by then.
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