Redesigned program eases transition to civilian life
A redesigned program will help ease every Airman’s transition to civilian life and better apply their military experience, Air Force officials said.
The program is the first major overhaul of the transition assistance program for military members in nearly 20 years.
The effort began in response to a call from President Barack Obama in August 2011 to ensure all service members are “career ready” when they leave the military.
Slated to begin servicewide in November, the current three-day, optional program will be expanded to five days and has been redesigned into a comprehensive, mandatory program that includes pre-separation counseling, a military-to-civilian skills review, a Veterans Affairs benefits briefing, financial planning support, job search skills building and individual transition plan preparation.
A pilot program was held July 9 through 13 at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, which, according to officials, allowed departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs to test the initiative.
Air Forces Academy
SOS slots available
Seven slots are available for eligible captains interested in attending the Inter-American Air Forces Academy Squadron Officer School Program, with applications due to the Air Force Personnel Center the last week of October, AFPC officials said.
The school mirrors the SOS at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., according to Capt. Raymond Hoffman, AFPC force development operations section chief.
“In addition to SOS objectives — like developing dynamic Airmen ready to lead air, space and cyberspace power in an expeditionary war-fighting environment — IAAFA program objectives also focus on developing inter-Americanism in potential Latin American regional affairs specialists,” he said.
Qualification and eligibility requirements include active-duty captains with four to seven years of total active federal commissioned service, Spanish proficiency on the Defense Language Proficiency Test, excellent communication skills, and a professional military image, Hoffman noted. All final candidates will also participate in an oral Spanish interview.
Air Force’s newest air
leverages ‘best practices’
The Air Force’s newest tactics, techniques and procedures publication, AFTTP 3-4.5 Air Advising, became an official document after being signed by Maj. Gen. Brett Williams, Headquarters Air Force director of operations, and Maj. Gen. Bill Bender, U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center commander, recently.
“The publication of this TTP will, most importantly, provide guidance to Air Advisors both in training and operating in the field,” Bender said. “It will also help continue the discussion on the importance of collecting lessons learned and best practices that our Joint Tactics Squadron can codify and develop into TTPs used to guide mission effectiveness in future operations.”
The development of the publication was led by Headquarters Air Force, Irregular Warfare Directorate, and facilitated by the Expeditionary Center’s 422nd Joint Tactics Squadron.
According to Master Sgt. Richard Oliver, of the 422nd JTS and three-time Air Advisor in both Iraq and Afghanistan, AFTTP 3-4.5 provides Air Force advisors with guidance on how to assist partner nation air forces in building, sustaining and implementing air power capabilities, as well as building aviation enterprises in support of national policy.
One month remains for NCOs to volunteer for retraining
Noncommissioned officers in unrestricted career fields affected by the fiscal year 2013 NCO Retraining Program have a month to volunteer for retraining, Air Force Personnel Center officials said Aug. 30. Affected Airmen in restricted fields, however, have until today to volunteer.
NCOs who volunteer during Phase I have more opportunities to choose their next career field than those who “wait and see” if retraining will be necessary, said Master Sgt. Angela Harris, AFPC Skills Management Branch Superintendent.
“Most Airmen are in the field of their choice because they know and like the work they do, so it’s understandable that few are interested in retraining,” she said. “But, overmanned career fields cannot be sustained, so retraining is going to happen — voluntarily or involuntarily. If you are selected in Phase II as a non-volunteer, you won’t get to choose the career field you want.”
More than 1,400 NCOs are affected by this year’s program, and by late August, only 20 percent of those needed to retrain had volunteered.