NCO retraining program application window open
Staff sergeant-selects through master sergeants in overage career fields can apply for retraining into an undermanned career field during Phase I of the fiscal 2014 NCO Retraining Program. Retraining applications will be accepted through July 8.
The two-phase program is used to balance and sustain the enlisted force by moving second-term and career Airmen from overage career fields to shortage career fields, said Master Sgt. Lytronda Clay, the AFPC retraining policy superintendent.
Approximately 970 Airmen from nearly three dozen career fields will be affected this year, compared to more than 1,400 last year.
Those Airmen have an opportunity during NCORP Phase I to voluntarily retrain into the undermanned career field of their choice, if they qualify, Clay said. The list of open fields is updated daily, and interested Airmen can access it on the myPers website.
Phase II is involuntary and will implemented if Phase I objectives are not met. During Phase II, AFPC will select the most qualified and vulnerable Airmen for retraining out of overage career fields. Phase II is slated for July 8 through Sept. 8. Airmen who meet retraining eligibility criteria and who are vulnerable for non-voluntary retraining will be notified by their local personnel section in July.
New classification submission process now Air Force-wide
Air Force hiring officials can track classification requests in real time through a myPers website knowledge article, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.
The new process, implemented in April initially for Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System employees, is being used for position review and position establishment classification actions, said Jo Anne Dimitriou, the AFPC classification chief.
“The new process has proved successful, so June 3 we began to use it for the rest of Air Force,” she said. “The only exception is Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. which will begin using the process July 8. The existing RPA process will continue to be used for all other actions.”
The previous position classification process began when a manager contacted the local civilian personnel section. The CPS created a request for personnel action using the Defense Civilian Personnel Data System and submitted the RPA to the AFPC classification team. Once the RPA was logged, classification specialists began the multi-step classification process.
“That process hasn’t been very customer-friendly,” Dimitriou said. “The onus is on position managers to call to find out a request’s status. That’s time-consuming and inconvenient for them. It also affects classification teams’ time management.”
Airmen, Sailors tested at Marine leadership course
The U.S. Marine Corps Corporals Leadership Course recently opened its door to service members from the Air Force and Navy at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
The two-week course is designed to equip new or soon-to-be NCOs with the tools and knowledge to effectively lead their troops, no matter the service.
Being able to do joint operations like this — because they are going to be doing it later on in their careers — is a great way to get preconceived notions out of the way, said Marine Sgt. Timothy Taylor, a Corporals Leadership Course instructor from Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group at Luke AFB.
“It makes them realize that they are on the same team, fighting the same fight,” Taylor said. “We are all brothers.”
Course instructors taught students a medley of skills such as physical training — to include techniques from the U.S. Marine Corps Martial Arts Program — public speaking, counseling training and professional military education training.
Cadet-designed trailer could power future deployments
An Air Force Academy cadet capstone project designed to build upon cadets’ research in 2012 could have broad-ranging applications from powering austere bases to supplementing stateside bases’ power grids, instructors in the computer and electrical engineering department said recently.
The project, a solar- and wind-powered all-terrain trailer, or SWATT, hooks up to a cadet-built electric dune buggy made last year and can provide a full charge of energy and the vehicle to other appliances.
“This is actually one of the better capstones that I’ve seen over the past several years,” said Al Mundy, an instructor in the department. “The cadets’ learning curve never stopped growing throughout the entire two semesters.”
The trailer has roughly 200 cubic feet of space. Inside sits an 18-kilowatt-hour battery array that can power the vehicle or any device that can plug into a 110-volt wall outlet. The trailer can be charged via a wall outlet, a set of solar panels or a portable wind turbine designed by Class of 2010 cadets.
“They’re not as fast as charging with the wall (outlet), but over the course of an eight-hour day or a 10-hour day, you can do relatively well,” Mundy said.