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  • AETC hosts first ever innovation challenge

    Air Education and Training Command announced the winners of the iChallenge during the Gathering of the Torch iExpo May 6 here.The iChallenge was created to help inspire personnel around AETC to create new and innovative ways of completing the Air Force mission. All competitors during the iChallenge competition had to ensure their innovations were
  • Bringing training to-go

     Master Sgt. Carlos Santiago, 334th Training Squadron Air Traffic Control Apprentice Course superintendent, helped develop the Pocket App alongside a team of four others in response to ATC course students wanting a more effective way of studying outside the classroom. “The Pocket App is a revolutionary one stop shop ATC training application,” said Santiago. “This app can build anyone that knows nothing about the career, giving them basic principles of air traffic control.”
  • Purpose deriving from the heart

    “So many times, when I face adversity in my career, I would simply stop and think to myself ‘What would you do?’ That would be my compass and sound judgement on how to proceed. I love you Chief Master Sgt. Player.”This was one of the last text messages that a close family member sent to Senior Master Sgt. Jessica Player before taking his own
  • Force generating military training leaders at Keesler inspire future force

    A military training leader transitions graduates of the Air Force’s basic military training and equips them with a better understanding of the operational Air Force. MTLs are force generators and the first link in the chain of command for Airmen in technical training and they are responsible for shaping the future of the Air Force, every day.“We’re
  • AETC commander outlines Strategic Action Plan focus area updates

    In announcing the updates to Air Education and Training Command’s Strategic Action Plan, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the commander of AETC and the force development commander for the Air Force, reaffirmed the First Command’s priorities, which remain fourfold:  Advance force development, Enhance lethality and readiness, Transform learning, and Cultivate an environment of excellence.
  • New direction for religious affairs Airmen

    Faith is a force in which some hold dearly. Practicing religion is not just a privilege of every Airman, but a right. The Chaplain Corps of every unit ensures this royalty is protected in the name of the Air Force.The Chaplain Corps does not just contain officers, but enlisted Airmen also play a crucial part where they are known as religious
  • Building the strongest of Airmen

    From jumping out of airplanes hundreds of feet in the air to swimming through rushing water down range, Special Warfare Airmen fight through the toughest and most vigorous environments to support the Air Force mission.The 352nd Special Warfare Training Squadron Airmen at Keesler Air Force Base are held to high mental and physical standards and
  • A dark night leads to a bright career

    It was a zero illumination night in a Pave Low helicopter above the New Mexico desert when two pilots experienced a malfunction in their flight controls during a training mission. Normally, protocol is to land immediately. Due to the unique circumstances of that night, the flight crew hesitated to do so. “We didn’t know what the area below us
  • Kwast salutes AETC team for "failing forward" in learning, innovation

    In the nearly two years since Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast took command of Air Education and Training Command, there has been change across many fronts of the Air Force’s recruiting, training and education enterprise.
  • First virtual reality training arrives at Keesler

    The 334th Training Squadron incorporated the first virtual reality training for Airfield Management students in the Air Force here, June 28, so they can get more of a “hands-on” learning experience. Chief Master Sgt. Paul Portugal, Airfield Management career field manager, Pentagon, Washington DC, relates this new technology to the mission of Air
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