September 30, 2011

Good news and bad news.

First of all–the good news.  I’m back.  After 19 months of a rewarding job with a very busy tempo–I should be able to share with you a few thoughts on a more regular basis.  There’s more I’ll talk about later but for now, I’ll try to keep it light and Easy.

Driven by recent federal spending cuts for the Department of Defense–in particular the Air Force–a myriad contractors were laid-off from their positions at Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC).  Which is also the bad news.

In the shadow of unprecedented federal spending, defense spending is being cut while a global war, albeit one renamed “Overseas Contingency Operations,” also known as OCO (pronouced Oh Ko) continues to rage.  At the same time, our enemies are mustering capabilities against us, in part fueled by our national spending.

What was light about that?

How about, “due to the gutting of the MAJCOM and the dismissal of the proprietors of corporate knowledge and expertise, we have invented a new way of honoring those who are no longer with us:


Flying the Flag at one-third staff .”

There’s an Easy solution to this protocol Challenger–just get it right next time.

It just makes sense.



  1. The Chuck says:

    Since I’ve received several questions about this post, I’m providing this reference:

    UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 36, CHAPTER 10 (PATRIOTIC CUSTOMS) §175. Position and manner of display (m) (1) the term ‘half-staff’ means the position of the flag when it is one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the staff;

    and this note: (It’s sarcasm–there’s no such thing as 1/3 staff, except when someone has made a mistake)

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