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    A General Warned of an Impending War with China. Airmen Under His Command Say it Was ‘Inappropriate’

    A General Warned of an Impending War with China. Airmen Under His Command Say it Was ‘Inappropriate’

    When the email inboxes of every airman with Mobility Command pinged on Thursday afternoon with a lengthy memo from their commanding officer, Gen. Mike Minihan, many recipients thought it was sent as a mistake.

    “I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025,” one part of Minihan's memo, dated Feb. 1, read. Another section instructed airmen with weapons qualifications to “fire a clip into a 7-meter target with the full understanding that unrepentant lethality matters most. Aim for the head.” He also advised airmen to update their virtual Record of Emergency Data, essentially their dependents' contact information and wills.

    Some were shocked at what they read: Their commander confidently believed that they'd be at war with in two years and they needed to prepare for combat.

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    An Air Force officer with Air Mobility Command who received the email and attached memo, and who spoke to .com on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media, said the communication sparked immediate concern.

    “Some of my airmen are going to get scared when they read this memo,” the officer said. “I felt like a random email blast to thousands of airmen was an inappropriate way to direct them to essentially prepare for war with a near-peer adversary.”

    Minihan, a four-star general who has led Air Mobility…

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