This isn’t really news as it was reported long ago while working for the CIA.
For security reasons, the government requires all defense secretaries to use the military equivalent of a Gulfstream jet for all travel, and when agreeing to take top jobs at the CIA and Pentagon, Mr. Panetta had worked out a deal with President Obama to allow the trips back to California, a defense official said at the time.
“The White House understood when Mr. Panetta took the job that he would return to Monterey to visit his family, as he did when he was director of the CIA,” a senior administration official said at the time. “That’s where his family lives, after all.”
The funny part is that most jobs I’ve applied for in DC required me to agree to re-locate or pay my own expenses. Seems like “P” man was making enough. I realize for security reasons we supply these elites military aircraft because we certainly couldn’t function without them but perhaps a little thought of the American Taxpayer would be nice.
Actually Panetta and others probably do think of the taxpayer as Airman so and so gets them another cocktail before they land.
Here’s a thought, no Gulfstream but a C-130 with the required NOE (NAP of the Earth) time.
NAP (Near as possible)
These flights have made many a paratrooper wish they were riding in a truck.