The New CSAF's Challenge

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  1. Bullet

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    Today, I watched our new Chief of Staff take the command of this great and proud organization we call the US Air Force. The stick is now in his hands, I wish him only the best. He has a significant challenge ahead of him, a challenge that the men and women of the Air Force hope he is able to overcome.

    A recent article in Forbes sums up this challenge pretty well:

    New Air Force Chief Must Reverse Downward Spiral


    I have met and discused a few issues with Mr. Thompson before. While I don't agree with everything he espouses in regards to the AF, I have to give him his due here. A good summary of what is a very real issue within our Air Force, the errosion of service's credibility. My sincere prayer Gen Welsh is up for this challenge.

    Good Luck, Sir! Our AF is counting on you! :thumb:
     
  2. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    The B-52?

    If the Air Force was in the same situation as the Coast Guard the discussion wouldn't be replacing B-52s still in the fleet.... the discussion would be replacing B-17s.
     
  3. Bullet

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    An encouraging start to his tenure

    Sent out a couple of hours after he took over. Gen Welsh is very well known for his superb communication skills; this e-mail is a fine example of that.

    Off to a very good start, hope he keeps it up!


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  4. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Do you think he wrote it or his press secretary? It's refreshing when you hear about an executive writing his/her own communications, but it's rare.
     
  5. Bullet

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    Did Gen Welsh get on his Crackberry immediately after his Change of Command and type out a personal memo to the entire AF? I doubt it. Probably something he's been working on for a few weeks now, wanting to provide everyone wearing an AF name tape today a first impression of him. (The first message from CSAF he replaced was an official memo tellng everyone to wear Blues on Mondays; just a tad different first impression for him)

    Now did Gen Welsh write this himself, of did some low-paid underling? Again, we just don't know; it being the very first thing he's sent out, he may have wanted to make this truly his own. Or not. But I GUARANTEE if he didn't, he sat down with his press secretary and dictated to them his themes, style, and overall message he wanted to get out. He may have let the underlings make sure it was spell-checked and formatted correctly, but they were told what to type and how.

    Having the Public Affairs officer simply forward a message on the leadership's behalf without their hands all over it is pretty rarer...
     
  6. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Often a press secretary underling for a 4-star is an O-5 or O-6. I'm hoping the federal government isn't at the level that a 6 figure salary is considered "low paying".

    Generally the way it works.... a flag's staff, generally a press sec for a service chief, writes the message and the flag signs off. Sometimes that flag's counsel will review. Sometimes the flag will add some things that make it more authentic.

    Yes, I agree a t PA shop didn't just shoot off the message, but I doubt (although I could be easily wrong) that the general sat down and did this himself. He's got bigger fish to fry!

    But then again, sometimes you get a leader who will insist to write certain things on his/her own.
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Having had the pleasure, albeit brief, of meeting and speaking with General Welsh in the past when he was at USAFA...

    I wouldn't doubt for a second that he wrote that.

    That's just the way the man is.

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  8. scoutpilot

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    Emails like that are one of those largely meaningless gestures Generals make. Most people who received it likely deleted it before even reading it. A generalized email with a bunch of glad-handing General-speak isn't worth much, but he sort of has to send those things.
     
  9. Bullet

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    And yet every guy and gal in an AF uniform I talked to today, and every other internet forum that generally gathers AF-types, both active and retired, has commented on this exact e-mail with nearly universal praise for his message. Granted, a few "words are cheap, we'll see in a few months" from the cynics out there, but for the vast majority of those associated with the AF, it was viewed by the vast majority, very much talked about, and very well received.

    I've talked before in another thread that the AF has been in a dangerous downward spiral for nearly a decade now. Something most in the AF readily acknowledge. Almost everyone I talked to over the weekend and today saw some encouragement in Welsh's first official communique as CSAF and acknowledge it's a good start.

    Long way to go to that goal line, though. Again, I wish him the best getting there.....
     
  10. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    I read it yesterday when it arrived on my phone and enjoyed a refreshing e-mail from our new CSAF. :)
     
  11. scoutpilot

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    Not bad points at all. But, consider where you work and with whom.
     
  12. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    Emails aren't bad, not at all.

    I did grow very tired of receiving emails from the inept "leadership" of Janet Napolitano though.

    Time will tell for the Air Force.


    We had a few flag visitors on my ship when I was in. They all had the same things to say.... new uniforms.... new ships.... blah blah blah. None of that meant anything for the 70 guys that had been dealing with 200 angry Cuban migrants on a flight deck for two weeks. The disconnect between what people wanted/needed to hear about and what the admirals talked about was profound. The mentality was "get this admiral off the ship so we can go back and do what we're supposed to do."

    Not everyone in the Air Force is a fan of the F-22 or the F-35.... some of them are in the reserves from active duty because of the F-22. Do emails connect with the guys "down range"? Maybe. Maybe not. I don't know.

    I do agree, the gesture is appreciated, especially if it's backed with actions. And actions are what the Air Force needs these days from its leadership, so lets hope it works out.
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    It's a nice letter. I hope Gen. Welsh can make some progress where the service seems to be in decline.
     
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    BUFF, B-17's and 29's (way before my time) were the greatest heavys ever made. ARC LIGHTS directed by BROMO and executed by BUFF were a great mission to listen to and "watch".
     

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