Absolutely. Although, to be honest, even the upper echelon didn't all have all the facts. The full birds and lieutenant generals knew more than the higher ups at the Pentagon. It's always a need to know basis, even in upper command. The benefit in my case was I was in the 33rd TFW (you can try googling my unit, but they're hard to find, they're not in Florida anymore) in flight/maintenance scheduling and field debriefing. Many of the reports the upper command got came from me and my team, and everything the pilots did came through me, pre, during, and post flight. If our birds did it, I knew it. Since we were a tenant unit, no base of our own, and first on the front..........there's still things I can't say a word about. Probably never will, not with all this going on. IF you do some digging, you'll find that my unit flew the most sorties, and had the highest kill rate of any at the time. Excellent unit, but always on edge. If there were a chance of conflict, we were there. So in that respect, I've got a better grip than somebody from, say, Nellis. We also worked very closely with the Marine units there, since they were our ground cover during air strikes.CivilDissent wrote:do you not feel that unless you were a minimum of a 3 star general that you did not have all of the facts?fussnfeathers wrote:Former USAF, Gulf War vet, then active reserve.
High stress job, no?