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intheozone Donating Member (839 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:37 AM
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Air force stand down?
Is the air force really standing down today? Anyone know for a fact?
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:42 AM
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1. The entire Air Force is NOT standing down--just Air Combat Command.
Edited on Fri Sep-14-07 09:42 AM by wienerdoggie
That is the fighter/bomber command. They are supposed to be doing a command-wide review of training, regs and procedures.
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Dr.Phool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:47 AM
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4. Just the fighter-bomber command?
All that leaves are their boats.
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TwilightGardener Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:54 AM
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5. It's a big Air Force. I'm pretty sure they'll have us covered.
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ChazII Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:33 AM
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7. Thank you, for clearing this up.
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:42 AM
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2. No con-trails over my little house on the prairie so far
Live in an area between two of the major northern-tier defense bases and generally see jets doing a grid.

Was half afraid to get up this morning. Still haven't turned on any TV news. Would LOVE to be wrong about the day going badly.
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 09:46 AM
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3. Here's the original article on AF Times website - has since been removed.
The link no longer works....

ACC orders commandwide standdown Friday

By Bruce Rolfsen - Staff writer
Posted : Monday Sep 10, 2007 17:38:42 EDT

On Sept. 14, flight lines will be very quiet at Air Combat Command bases.

The entire command about 100,000 active-duty airmen is standing down training flights and many other operations as part of a command-wide safety day.

Command boss Gen. Ronald Keys ordered the Sept. 14 safety standdown in the wake of the Aug. 30 nuclear incident at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., in which six cruise missiles armed with nuclear warheads were loaded onto a B-52H and then flown to Barksdale Air Force Base, La., without anyone on the ground or bomber realizing the nuclear weapons were on the plane. It was not until the B-52H was parked at Barksdale that ground crews discovered the cruise missiles were carrying real warheads.

Command spokesman Maj. Tom Crosson said wing commanders would determine how their units review operations and safety procedures and checklists.

Just how serious Keys takes the lapse of regulations at Minot is reflected in the fact that the safety stand-down is the first command wide safety day in recent memory. In the past, the command has singled out specific types of aircraft for safety days and in 1997 the Department of Defense held a department wide safety review day.
http://www.airforcetimes.com/news/2007/09/airforce_airc ... /
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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-14-07 10:31 AM
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6. Doesn't it seem odd
that we are so concerned about national security these days, yet this "stand down" is openly announced weeks in advance to the world?
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