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What are you afraid of, terrorist scum?
I live in a houseboat; I am afraid of the US Navy. 0%
I live on the coast; I am afraid of the US Marines. 16%
I live on the front lines of a warzone; I am afraid of the US Army. 16%
I live somewhere, anywhere; I am afraid of the US Air Force. 66%

Votes: 6

 The Air Force

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Nov 19, 2001
I was just thinking. I think the US Air Force often gets a bum rap among the US citizens. A family friend in the AF in a helicopter group got shipped off right before the bombings on Afghanistan started. His family isn't even allowed to know where he is, but you can bet he's in the Afg./Pakistan region.

A lot of people dismiss the Air Force; they fly up above the action, and aren't in the "real" fighting, like the Army or Marines. But in these days of limited engagements, the AF are always the first to go into battle. In pretty much all of the recent engagements in Kosovo and the Middle East, the AF are ONLY fighters that go into combat.

And so far, the only pictures I've seen of US fighters on the ground, (where I can see insignia) are in the AF (look at picture 10). I think the wars the US is involved in have changed a lot since the days of WWII/Korea/Vietnam.

The AF might not do the bulk of the dirty work in a full-scale war, but they are always the first to get shot at, and are now apparently among the first to get their boots on the ground.


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Fret not (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by Anonymous Reader on Mon Nov 19th, 2001 at 10:08:25 PM PST
The Air Force will always get at least a tiny amount of respect from the public,because underneath it all, everyone enjoys blowing shit up.

Transport (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by Right Hand Man on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 07:10:27 AM PST
Warfare has certainly changed in the last couple of decades. When I was active the primary use of the USAF was transport and cover for those who actually went in and took things out. Now they seem to have a much more prominent role. although they are still essentially paving the way for ground troops.

As for the dirty work, the Navy is the finest fighting force this world has ever known. I was born in a hot shell casing. My mother is Anger and my father is Pain. Each moment that I live is an additional threat upon your life. I'm a rough looking, trash talking, soldier of the sea. I'm cocky, self-centered, overbearing, and I do not know the meaning of fear, for I am fear itself. I am an amphibious monster made of blood and guts, sent by God to prey upon enemies across the globe. I feed upon anti-Americanism whenever it may arise - my hate makes me grow stronger. And when my time comes, I will die a glorious death on the battlefield, giving my life to God, the Navy, and the American flag. We live like soldiers, talk like sailors, and slap the crap out of both. We stole the Trident from Neptune, the anchor from the Navy, and the rope from the Army. On the seventh day, while God rested, we borrowed the Sea and we've been running the show there ever since. Killer by day, killer by night, U.S Navy Seal by God.

"Keep your bible open and your powder dry."

and ... (none / 0) (#8)
by venalcolony on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 01:59:31 PM PST
you look very cute in that white sailor boy uniform.

The difference between trolling and life is life doesnt have to make sense.

Redundant (none / 0) (#3)
by egg troll on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 08:48:07 AM PST
Everyone knows that the Air Force has been made pretty much redundant by the Navy. Its planes always seem to be closer to the action (thanks to carriers). I think the Air Force is kept around just so the Coast Guard can feel macho.

Posting for the love of the baby Jesus....

Hey... (3.33 / 3) (#6)
by hauntedattics on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 10:42:17 AM PST
don't make me call my buddies in the Coast Guard to come and kick your ass. Yeah, the ones who intercept drug runners in the Caribbean (and the Amazon), and go out in Category Five hurricanes to save idiot yachters who can't figure out navigational maps. The ones who have law degrees, MBAs and MDs but can still bench press you and all your friends. And the ones who do more with the meagre funding they receive from an ungrateful government than the pansy-asses in the Navy and the USAF could ever hope to accomplish. Read The Perfect Storm and then wish you were even 1/10 as kickass as anyone in the USCG. Hmph.

I'm strong to da finish (3.00 / 2) (#7)
by egg troll on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 10:59:46 AM PST
I think I know all about the type of men who become sailors, be it Navy or Coast Guard.

Posting for the love of the baby Jesus....

Don't... (none / 0) (#9)
by hauntedattics on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 02:32:53 PM PST
confuse the limp-wristed, dress-wearing men of the Navy with the Boy Scouts of the military. And I mean the Boy Scouts without the questionable scout leaders.

Hehe...Weblows always made me giggle (none / 0) (#10)
by egg troll on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 03:07:07 PM PST
But I thought the Coast Guard were the Boy Scouts of the military? But I stand corrected: The Boy Scouts are more feared by our nations enemies than the Coast Guard. Thank you for pointing this out to me.

Posting for the love of the baby Jesus....

I find the Air Force a little too Protestant for (none / 0) (#4)
by Adam Rightmann on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 10:08:02 AM PST
my taste. Just as many of the heretical snake-handlers believe that accepting Jesus is all you need for eternal salvation, Air Force advocates believe bombing from 20,000 feet is all you need to win a war. In reality, you need uncharismatic infantry in the front line, willing to die and inflict death to protect your freedoms.

Fortunately, the Pentagon is more level-headed, and keeps many infantry and tanks in South Korea, fighting the good fight against that bastion of Godless Communism. Air Power alone would not stop those hordes.

A. Rightmann

Hello (none / 0) (#5)
by Right Hand Man on Tue Nov 20th, 2001 at 10:34:12 AM PST
I have noticed that when the practice of snake handling is mentioned by many Adequacy readers it is most often modified by the word 'heretical' or otherwise equated with evil.

In reality, snake handling is simply one of the many means by which one can express one's devotion to God. It is commanded, quite plainly, in Mark 16:17-18 that the chosen are able to handle venemous reptiles without fear of harm, and many of us endowed with strong critical thinking skills need to have some sort of proof that we are following the right path. It is a sure fire way to sort out the believers from the non-believers. It certianly requires a bit more than just 'accepting Jesus' if a person wants to survive.

"Keep your bible open and your powder dry."

Yes, but snakes are dangerous creatures (none / 0) (#11)
by Adam Rightmann on Wed Nov 21st, 2001 at 07:13:36 AM PST
else why would Satan have taken the form of one, and why would Patrick be celebrated for driving them out of Ireland.

Willfully handling rattlesnakes to prove that one is Chosen sounds dangerously close to the heretical Protestant doctrine of predestination.

A. Rightmann

20 000 Feet Is Bad (none / 0) (#12)
by doofus on Wed Nov 21st, 2001 at 08:39:48 AM PST
You want to drop your ordnance at between 1 000 (under 500 is best assuming the fuzes can arm in time) and 35 000 feet. Dropping your load at 20 000 is the worst of all worlds, at least as far as flying a B-2 is concerned.


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