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Continuum of Learning experts visit Vance to brief senior leaders, collect best practices

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Burgess, left, talks with Masoud Rasti and Lt. Col. Clinton Wilson, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Force Development, about the training of an air traffic controller during their visit at Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, April 3, 2018. The team focused on the ongoing T-6 syllabus redesign, air traffic controller training and locally developed databases. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Zachary Heal)

VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla.--Air Force Continuum of Learning experts visited Vance Air Force Base Tuesday to brief senior leaders and collect best practices.

As part of the rollout for the Air Force Continuum of Learning, Lt. Col. Clinton Wilson and Masoud Rasti from Headquarters, Air Education and Training Command Force Development briefed Vance Air Force Base leadership. They also visited work areas looking for best practices and challenges to implementation of the new program.

The Continuum of Learning, or CoL as it’s called, is the deliberate process of combining education, training and experience to meet the Air Force’s operational needs.

The priorities of Air Force senior leaders -- readiness, modernization, and innovation – need to interlink with competency-based, modular, blended and on-demand learning. The result will be folded into a new, cloud-based system called the Airman Learning Record.

The goal is to identify and eliminate redundancies across the Air Force enterprise, and in the process enable Airmen to out think, out learn, out innovate any adversary.

At Vance, the team focused on the ongoing T-6 syllabus redesign, air traffic controller training and locally developed databases.

“Our goal is a flatter, more agile organization where commanders are empowered to take intelligent risks to maximize mission effectiveness and, where possible, efficiency as well,” said Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, AETC commander. “We are turning from an internally focused production concept to a new intellectual paradigm where AETC is foundational to U.S. Air Force readiness and lethality.”

“We do not ‘produce graduates’ by equipping them with skills and knowledge,” he continued. “We mold warriors, shaping their attitudes, honing their skills, sharpening their minds, and helping them reach their full potential as individuals who have pledged their lives in the support of our U.S. Air Force and nation.”

At the end of the day, the focus is on America’s Airmen, creating an environment that includes personalized learning, improved ability to learn from and teach each other, and opportunities to vector personal growth into transferable competencies.