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I saw the quote and thought instantly about a SECDEF I'll never feel nostalgic for -- Donald Rumsfeld. And then I saw the crack about fighter pilots.And then I realized, "Yes, Donald Rumsfeld really was a fighter pilot." Let the circle be unbroken.
No, no, no. Don Rumsfeld was a FAIP (pronounced Fay-P, with a bit of a snarl and a sense of condescension). That would be First Assignment Instructor Pilot. He was a "plow-back".There is a pecking order out there and FAIP is pretty close to the bottom. But, then, that completes your circle, as presented. Speaking of circles, there is a small circle of people out there who are very sensitive about these matters.Regards — Cliff
Fair points...based off comparisons to other such small circles, I can see the need to distinguish. I recently caught an online discussion about whether Obama's first Deputy Natty Security Advisor was a SEAL. For the record, he was not. To his credit, he's never said otherwise, but other people blur the lines (witness my statement about Rummy) based on his unit assignment in DC. When I worked as a "stashed Ensign" (yes, that's a real term) at Bolling AFB for two months, waiting to class up, I helped get Lippert a direct commission into the USNR...as an Intel bubba.
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