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originally posted by: Zaphod58
Yes, the title is click bait, but I have suspicions the head of TRANSCOM has limited time left. Ever since they announced the decision to start retiring tankers, he's been screaming from the rooftops that it's a stupid decision, and will affect the ability of everyone when it comes to completing their missions. Now he's taken it a step farther.
In a letter to Congress, he stated that the number one priority of TRANSCOM is aerial refueling, and retiring the tankers would "create a capacity bathtub with significant impacts to Combatant Command daily competition and wartime missions, and negatively impact senior leader decision space for mobilization when confronted with a crisis". He also asked for $110M to buy back 10 KC-10s and 13 KC-135s, with a year by year review, based on KC-46 progress before retiring any more aircraft.
Generally people that speak harsh truth like this, and go against the wishes of their superiors, even trying to ensure they can do their job, and the mission can be completed, don't last long. We'll see if he comes to a bad end, but I wouldn't be the slightest bit shocked if he gets fired soon.