Maybe you're aware of the Base Re-Alignment and Closure Commission (BRAC). They are voting on recommendations made by the Dep't. of Defense (DOD) as to whether certain military bases and/or organizations should be re-aligned or closed.
The DOD recommended that all 16 of my wing's KC-135E air refueling tankers be retired, and they did not specify a replacement aircraft such as the KC-135R.
Well, the BRAC just voted on the entire tanker deal across the nation. I watched it on C-Span. These guys can talk up a storm and say NOTHING!!! I have no idea if they voted for or against retiring ALL 16 of our tankers, only 8 of our tankers, or none of our tankers. What a crock of ****. About 1,250 people that are members of my unit, the 108th Air Refueling Wing, are all sitting in their living rooms wondering the same thing. Do we have jobs, or what?
Why do we pay these people?
I will actually benefit in a small way, through a early retirement buy-out, if they voted to retire all the tankers. There's no way I want to do this stuff much longer anyway, as tanker stuff (and military flying in general) is a young man's game. But I feel for all the people I work with who are not as close to retirement as I am. They're ****ed.
George Grand (of the Jersey Grands)