Being an O-6 sucks--needs of the AF.
I laughed at that, b/c I have always told Bullet I am the mistress and he is married to the AF
For all of the cadets, candidate13, and future candidates...that is something you need to understand. The AF is your spouse if she says a hurricane is coming in and you need to take the jet to safety, you go! If she says we are deploying in 6 days (trust me, been there done that and have several clusters to prove it...you go)
Here's my funny story:
Bullet comes home (we were at the Pentagon) and said AF MPC sent out a message they needed an AF F-15E Lt. Col. flyer with ALO experience to go to Afghanistan...the Pentagon laughed and said good luck finding it...well Bullet had all of squares, so he got tagged to leave in 2 weeks for 120 +/-... a few days later he got re-tagged to go to Iraq. The comical part is the 1st base was pronounced something akin to sh*tter, and then he was being sent advon to Qatar. Bullet said he was kicked from the Sh*tter to the Gutter!
Welcome to the AF you go where you are needed and salute sharply!
The only thing that changes is what your family members send in your mail. Baby wipes for the dessert, homemade cookies for Germany! (The heat will melt the cookies when you ship to Iraq
Parents always be aware of the temps when you mail...it makes a difference!
I.E. an AE will eventually go through JFK, if you are from the west coast it will go JFK, to Ramstein or Lakenheath/Mildenhall and re-routed to the base. It can sit in a warehouse for days before going to the next leg. This is true for an AP if you're from the east coast it will go to San Fran and then main stiagng areas.
My favorite...Shipping a car overseas...it can take 6 weeks! If you are stationed in the UK...it is shipped to Germany 1st, than the UK! Our friends went from AK to Germany...the car was shipped to Seattle, put on another vessel to SF, than on a tractor trailer to VA, and shipped out from there. 6+ weeks!