A close look at my profile pic over yonder (--> that-a-way, then go south until you run out of real estate) and you might see the battered and scarred nose of an old sergeant. I was going to say warrior, but as I've never seen combat, that doesn't really apply. Though it does describe my mindset.
Another look over yonder and you might note that there is a new subcategory of links to blogs I tend to peruse. At least once a day. This new subcategory is called "To Fly and To Fight..." - an old Air Force motto which I still enjoy.
Someone, at some point in time, probably 2Lt Sumdood needing another bullet on his eval (BTW 2Lt Sumdood is not rated, i.e. cannot operate a military air machine) added "and Win." Making the motto, "To Fly, Fight and Win."
Well just friggin' "Duh" on the "Win" part. I mean was he (and it had to be a guy, women aren't that stupid) worried that some Eagle driver would get in a tussle with some gomer in a MiG and not try and win? Jeebers me Christmas, even Charlie Sheen gets that! (I think.)
Under that heading I've listed (and will add) what I consider to be "Air Force blogs." Not necessarily blogs about the USAF but blogs by former members of that exalted service.
Note there is a "new" one in that category (new to me anyway) and that's John Q. Public, definitely a USAF blog. Recommended by blog-buddy XBradTC, read it today for the first time. Made me pissed off at my old service. We have generals and commanding officers who would make the Byzantines ashamed. But then again, the good ones don't get much press. Only when they get relieved because some commander has
So yes, I'm still searching for a new "thing" to characterize the Chant du Départ. Juvat and Tuna add a metric-crap-ton (Navy term, or so The Nuke tells me, means "a lot") of value and lately I feel like I've been mailing it in. Lollygagging, drifting with the tide, you name it.
A friend suggested that a good source of photos which I already "own" (being a taxpayer) were available on the various military websites. So I will be tapping those sources from time to time.
And for what it's worth, while there are two old (as in "of vast experience") airmen contributing here (Juvat and I) there is also a venerable seadog who chimes in from time to time (Tuna). Always with good stuff. The both of them are as fine a pair of story-tellers as you'd like to meet.
Also there is the plain fact that within the family there are five, count them, five former and/or current Naval officers. From whom I get stories. Good stories.
So I can't call the Chant du Départ an "Air Force blog," too much sea-going stuff going on along with the aerial stuff (of the long runway variety).
Now back in my day, if you served in a command with multiple services (and/or nationalities) one was considered to be part of a "Joint" command. I had the honor of being a part of a Joint NATO command, a great time was had by all and upon retirement I was awarded one of these:
Quite proud of myself I was (prouder still was I of the French cavalry saber given to me by my fellow NCOs!) So I do know a thing or two about being "Joint."
We have Air Force, we have Navy so yeah, we're Joint!
Yessir, we are indeed "Joint" - two or more services working together in absolute harmony.
After a fashion...