JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas — Active duty officers ranking from captain to lieutenant colonel and enlisted, ranking from staff sergeant to senior master sergeant, interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Switzerland, Venezuela, Burma or other exotic foreign country. Interested officers must submit their applications by June 20 and enlisted, by June 16, said Air Force Personnel Center officials.
The personnel center and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications for senior defense official/defense attaché, air attaché and assistant air attaché duty at nine locations, with tour lengths ranging from 18 to 24 months, said Maj. Carl Wood, AFPC International Affairs Assignments.
“Attachés officially represent the Secretary of Defense, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Secretary of the Air Force and Air Force chief of staff to the host country defense ministry,” said Wood. “They help build and sustain relationships between the U.S. and host country, provide critical advice to the U.S. ambassador and country team and directly support our efforts to fight global terrorism.”
This year, two duty locations have C-12 Huron aircraft assigned, so the attaché for those offices must be fixed-wing pilots. Only rated officers who are regional or political affairs strategists may apply for the C-12 positions, the major said.
Attaché applicants must be active duty senior captains, majors or lieutenant colonels. Air operations background, foreign language skills and experience in the region are highly desired, but not mandatory.
Enlisted attaché support positions include operations coordinator and operations noncommissioned officer. Duties include managing logistics and administrative support, executing budget requirements, working various clearances, supervising foreign national staff and direct support for distinguished guest visits, explained Senior Master Sgt. Scott Geren, AFPC mission support, special duty and joint department assignments superintendent.
“Attaché support personnel must be self-starters who are flexible, persuasive and persistent,” Geren said . “This duty is open to Airmen in all Air Force specialty codes, capitalizing on the wide range of professional expertise in the enlisted corps.
Interested applicants and immediate family members must be U.S. citizens. In addition, members’ and accompanying family members’ health, educational and special needs must be medically cleared.
Candidates must have taken the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test and also have their assignment functional manager’s hard-copy or Email release to compete for attaché duty. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by July 25. They and their spouses, if applicable, will be interviewed in Washington D.C.
For a list of possible duty locations and other related information, visit the Air Force Portal and enter “attaché duty” in the search window. The A.F. personnel center and International Affairs will host an information webinar May 30, 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, on the Defense Connect Online site at https://www2.dco.dod.mil).