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Unique developmental opportunities available
Active-duty Airmen interested in unique developmental opportunities may be eligible for the Olmsted Scholar, White House Fellows, and Mansfield Fellowship Exchange programs.
The programs offer unique developmental experience for Air Force leaders, according to Tech. Sgt. Jason Franklin, the Air Force Personnel Center officer developmental education. Applicants for all programs must be released by their AFPC career field team before submitting applications.
The Olmsted Scholar Program is an opportunity for Air Force line officers to study in a foreign language at a university overseas. Candidates selected for the program will experience cultural immersion in the selected country, including university study in the native language. Applicants must be line officers with at least three years of commissioned service, but no more than 11 years of total active service by April 1, 2015. Applicants must be released by their career field managers and meet minimum academic and language requirements, as well.
Air Force leaders want Airmen to share their stories with the world and designed the 2014 American Airman Video Contest with that purpose in mind.
“Every Airman has a story — and smartphone technology now allows those Airmen to share those stories to a wider audience than ever before,” said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh, III.
The contest, which began July 1, asks Airmen to shoot a selfie video where they share individual stories of service and showcase the unique missions they do every day.
Airmen who want to participate should upload their video, which should be no longer than 30 seconds, to a personal YouTube account and email a link to the Air Force Social Media team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The videos will be reviewed to ensure they don’t violate any security, policy or propriety guidelines before they are released for public viewing on the AFBlueTube channel on YouTube.
After review, each major command will select a winner within the command. The 10 finalists’ videos will be will be available on AFBlueTube for public voting from Aug. 12 to 22. Voters can “like” their favorite videos and the video with the most “likes” will win.
Defense Department officials announced July 2 the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions that advance the department’s goals of preventing sexual assault.
Core elements of the military’s strategy to prevent sexual assault include the promotion of innovative ideas and enhanced collaboration among the services, officials said.
In May, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel unveiled a new roadmap for preventing military sexual assault that officials said reflects a wide range of integrated programs to influence behavior and reduce the crime of sexual assault. The 2014-2016 Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy was developed in collaboration with civilian experts and is intensely focused on shaping the environment where service members live and work, officials said, noting that it expands on the initial strategy published in 2008.
The Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award is expected to encourage units to be innovative and develop effective prevention programs and tactics using the updated sexual assault prevention strategy.
Eligible active-duty pilots and combat systems officers have until Sept. 30 to apply for the fiscal 2014 Aviator Retention Pay Program, Air Force officials said June 25.
This year, ARP provides specific eligible pilots and combat systems officers with monetary incentives in exchange for active-duty service commitments of five years, he said. Similar to the fiscal 2013 ARP program, fighter pilots are eligible for longer contracts of up to nine years.
Additionally, the program permits Airmen who will complete their undergraduate flying training active-duty service commitment anytime in fiscal 2015 to lock in a contract for next year. Aviators in this category were not included in past ARP programs, Kelley said.
This year’s ARP program applies to lieutenant colonels and below who will not reach 16 years of total active federal military service by the end of the fiscal year that their undergraduate flying training ADSC expires. Applicants must not be eligible for any voluntary or involuntary force management programs as of the implementation of the fiscal 2014 ARP program.