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AV8R N8

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Anybody on here a pilot or part of the 144th FW in Fresno, CA?

I am trying to get a slot with them, and I have a few questions.

Thanks

-Nate
 

Ill Mitch

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AV8R N8 said:
Anybody on here a pilot or part of the 144th FW in Fresno, CA?

I am trying to get a slot with them, and I have a few questions.

Thanks

-Nate

How's it coming along? I know when I tried to get on with them back in the mid-90's, they wanted you to be enlisted within the unit. Don't know about today. I have a bro (former AD Eagle guy) trying to get on with them. Fresno seems to be a tough nut sometimes.
 

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From what I hear, just recently they lifted the prior enlisted within the unit deal. Havent talked to them for a while, but going to try and get out there this coming weekend to talk to them again about the next Board.
 

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Thats what I heard also. They were having bad luck at UPT with priors only. The only problem with that unit is Fresno. To bad Tucson won't lift there prior service requirement.
 

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psysicx said:
Thats what I heard also. They were having bad luck at UPT with priors only. The only problem with that unit is Fresno. To bad Tucson won't lift there prior service requirement.

How is the QOL? What is first year pay?
 

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QOL is high despite going to UPT in Del Rio, working 12 hour days 5 days a week is awesome.

Pay is below NBAA average for the equipment flown.
 

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psysicx said:
Thats what I heard also. They were having bad luck at UPT with priors only. The only problem with that unit is Fresno. To bad Tucson won't lift there prior service requirement.

Fresno ain't so bad. There are definitely worse places to go to fly a Viper in the Guard (like Fort Smith). :)
 

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AV8R N8 said:
From what I hear, just recently they lifted the prior enlisted within the unit deal. Havent talked to them for a while, but going to try and get out there this coming weekend to talk to them again about the next Board.

I think the next board is in Jan. Good luck!
 

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psysicx said:
Arkansas nuff said.

LOL...I have a friend who flies Vipers for that unit. But she grew up right next door in OK, so she is ok with the area. Wonder what she is going to do now that they have been BRAC'ed.
 

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FSM ain't so bad. Guess it depends how bad you want to fly fighters. Fresno also has an ADF commitment, and that requires you to live within a certain geographic area.

I called those guys when I was getting off AD about a job, and they were the only unit of about 10 that I contacted that I never heard back from at all. Not very cool. That said, a great friend of mine just turned down an AGR job with them. He's a Weapons School IP, and I think he's an idiot for not taking it. Later
 

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Magnum what unit are you with. And does the FTU at Luke have a reserve squadron like the F-15?
 
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MAGNUM!! said:
FSM ain't so bad. Guess it depends how bad you want to fly fighters. Fresno also has an ADF commitment, and that requires you to live within a certain geographic area.

I called those guys when I was getting off AD about a job, and they were the only unit of about 10 that I contacted that I never heard back from at all. Not very cool. That said, a great friend of mine just turned down an AGR job with them. He's a Weapons School IP, and I think he's an idiot for not taking it. Later

I'd go to FSM to fly fighters.

Fresno was kinda like that when I was trying to get on. My buddy who is talking to them now basically showed up on a drill weekend for the face time and kept the ball rolling that way. He has another shot in Jan and I am keeping my fingers crossed for him. He just got out of -135 school, but his unit was BRAC'ed so he is on the street again. He does have a fighter background, so hopefully that will mean something.
 

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Magnum what unit are you with. And does the FTU at Luke have a reserve squadron like the F-15?

Yes, Luke has two Reserve squadrons. One has a combat commitment (302nd) and helps out with the FTU. They are on the BRAC, but do have part time jobs open. The other is the 301st, and they farm their dude out to the various FTU squadrons. They also have some part time slots open.

Both squadrons are great units (sts), and have alot of really high quality bros. Plus, PHX is a great place to live.
 

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Steve said:
How is the QOL? What is first year pay?


You were joking right? I'd say flying Vipers in California speaks for itself in the QOL category.
 

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What do you mean they farm out? Phoenix isn't bad except for three months. Are the people in the 302nd just going to the 301st or Tucson?
 

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What do you mean they farm out? Phoenix isn't bad except for three months. Are the people in the 302nd just going to the 301st or Tucson?

The farming out is similar to the SUPT reserve squadrons who's pilots are blended in with the active duty IPs. At CBM, each active duty flight has a group of reservists (TRs and usually one AGR) assigned to it for flying purposes only.

I don't think the 302d is an associate squadron. They own their jets.
 
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Does anybody know if the Luke units hire off the street like the other FTU squadrons?
 
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