The USAF medic Chief and the First Sergeant were sitting in the Chief’s office sipping Scotch on a Friday afternoon. They were discussing the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) and the hospital’s role in the exercise, reviewing the checklists and unit response plans, and determining minimum staffing requirements needed to maximize the unit’s participation. They took this process seriously because they were military professionals and understood the important role medics play when forward deployed to the Area of Responsibility (AOR).
Then they laughed because they were assigned to the Air Education and Training Command, which is incredibly funny because the acronym “AETC” unofficially stands for “Ain’t Even Thinking Combat”, and “operational readiness” on an AETC base pretty much means “business as usual”.
Then they drank another glass of Scotch. And that’s just how they rolled.