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Airman 1st Class Caroline Karaverdian, 9th Medical Group outpatient technician, files a folder in the patient health record department at the clinic at Beale Air Force Base, California, Feb. 4, 2020. On June 20 the 9th MDG will be going all-digital by transitioning to a new electronic health record called Military Health System GENESIS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Department of Defense Military Health System GENESIS logo (Courtesy Graphic)
Senior Airman Jennifer Carrier, assigned to the 319th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Detachment 1 as the unit deployment manager, stands in front of a Globalhawk on Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Jason W. Cochran)
Airman 1st Class Joshua Chatman, 9th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment specialist, places a strain relief cord back into an oxygen mask hose after cleaning it out, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. To ensure oxygen masks are properly functioning, aircrew flight equipment specialists inspect them every 30 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Airman 1st Class Maggie Breedlove, 9th Operations Support aircrew flight equipment specialist, measures and cuts Velcro pieces that will be placed in the inside of a flyers lightweight helmet, Jan. 22, 2020 at Beale Air Force Base, California. These pieces of Velcro will attach an energy absorbing liner to the helmet. The purpose of an energy absorbing liner is to reduce impact energy to the head of a pilot. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)
Wrenches lie in an aircraft mechanic’s toolbox at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. Mechanics are vital to ensuring the readiness of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance flying operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, runs an air speed test on a T-38 Talon at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. A group of civilian contractors prepare T-38s for their daily flying schedules by refueling and inspecting the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit during an air speed test at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. This test measures the aircraft’s speed with a static tube system, which can determine the speed of the air flowing around the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, clicks a switch on a pressure-temperature test device at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38s are part of the Companion Trainer Program for U-2 Dragon Lady pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)
Wesley Dietrich, 9th Maintenance Operation Squadron aircraft mechanic, looks into a T-38 Talon cockpit at Beale Air Force Base, California, Jan. 27, 2020. The T-38 is a twin-engine, high-altitude, supersonic jet trainer used in a variety of roles because of its ease of maintenance, elevated performance, and exceptional safety record. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Valentina Viglianco)

Chief's Corner

I am an American Airman

Too often I hear the statement, “The Air Force has no tradition…certainly not like the other services.” Or there’s the comment, “The Air Force changes everything all the time.  New uniforms, AFI’s, etc….how can we expect to maintain any heritage or tradition?”
I submit there is one decisive, deliberate, and motivating action each of us can take.  No matter the position you hold, the grade you wear, or if you are active duty, guard, reserve, retired, every single one of us can implement this small, yet powerful change today.  The change refers to a facet of our current culture.
Malcolm Gladwell speaks about culture change in his book, ‘Tipping Point’.  In his book, the author posits that even the smallest adjustments to habits, routines, or attitudes can have a significant impact on the culture or perception of an organization, population, or product.
Therefore, I challenge everyone to stop referring to members of our Air Force as ‘TROOPS’. 
According to Merriam-Webster, the primary definition of the word troop is:
a. A group of soldiers
b. A cavalry unit corresponding to an infantry company
c. A flock of mammals or birds
I understand a definition is literal, however, there are two problems with the way we throw this term around to refer to our Airmen.  First, the word troop is actually plural…referring to a group of soldiers.  Lastly, and most poignantly, the word troop is actually rooted in a tradition and heritage of another service.  And before we start the “But Chief, we were born out of the Army” conversation, I would ask you to consider a few points. 
We were born out of the Army for a reason.  We fulfill several needs that no other organization can: to keep up with advancing technology and to take warfighting to an entirely different level, both geographically and mentally.  The Army and Navy were long-time competitors for military leadership and neither service thought that the other should take on the new tasks of strategic deterrence missions associated with the advent of the atomic bomb.  This, along with many other great reasons, is why our Air Force, and our AIRMEN were created.
Think about it.  The United States Air Force was created for some of the most sophisticated warfare challenges of the time. 
So, let’s continue the tradition born in 1947 and call each other what we truly are.  Please, call me Airman.

Chief Hall

 

 

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Principles of Instructions Course, making Airmen Competent Military Instructors

Students taking the Principles of Instruction (POI) course are tasked with presenting two 15 minute lectures and a 30 minute demonstration performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)

Tech. Sgt. Kymar Granger, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady crew chief, presents a demonstration performance Dec. 18, 2019 on Beale Air Force Base, California. Students taking the Principles of Instruction (POI) course are tasked with presenting two 15 minute lectures and a 30 minute demonstration performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Jones, 372nd Training Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady Electrical and Environmental (E&E) Systems instructor, teaches the Principles of Instruction course to Airmen Dec. 16, 2019 on Beale Air Force Base, California. The Principles of Instructions course is a two week course that teaches students all aspects of becoming an instructor. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)

Staff Sgt. Ryan Jones, 372nd Training Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady Electrical and Environmental (E&E) Systems instructor, teaches the Principles of Instruction course to Airmen Dec. 16, 2019 on Beale Air Force Base, California. The Principles of Instructions course is a two week course that teaches students all aspects of becoming an instructor. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Luis A. Ruiz-Vazquez)

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Airmen need the necessary tools to teach new skills to other Airmen effectively. The Principles of Instructions course taught here gives Airmen these tools and teaches them how to be effective communicators and instructors. 

“Principles of Instruction (POI) is a two-week course that teaches people from all over the base, of all jobs, how to instruct so that they can teach in house courses, conduct a competent briefing to higher-ups and really hone their public speaking skills,” said Staff Sgt. Ryan Jones, 372nd Training Squadron U-2 Dragon Lady Electrical and Environmental (E&E) Systems instructor. “My students have been sent to me because they are preparing to become instructors themselves to some degree.”

Jones mentioned that going from student to teacher isn’t always easy; for that reason, instructors get creative on how to break students out of their shell.

“During our two weeks, the students are taught all aspects of becoming new instructors and are also tasked with presenting two fifteen-minute lectures and a 30-minute demonstration performance to the class in conjunction with 10 written quizzes, all of which are formally graded,” said Jones.

The Air Force is always trying to save money for Airmen. This course capitalizes on that mindset by keeping Airmen at home with their families.

“If we were to send students from Beale to Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas, it would cost about $2,500 in temporary duty cost per student,” said Jones. “Every time I teach a class, I’m saving the Air Force $2,500 per student, and each class has approximately 12 students.”

Not only does the POI Course save the Air Force money, but it gives Airmen the experience and confidence to be an instructor.

“I’m a unit training manager, so I instruct the Air Force Trainers course here," said Senior Airman Mackenzie Holmes 9th Operations Support Squadron unit training manager. "I’m constantly with different people I’ve never met before, and being able to get up and brief in front of people who I will probably never talk to again really helps me feel more confident in my abilities as an instructor.”

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