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AETC command chief visits Columbus AFB

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jaiden Elmore, 14th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, shows Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, what Airmen in the Radar Approach Control do on a daily basis at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Columbus AFB has the busiest airspace in AETC, flying over 300 sorties per day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Jaiden Elmore, 14th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, shows Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, what Airmen in the Radar Approach Control do on a daily basis at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Columbus AFB has the busiest airspace in AETC, flying over 300 sorties per day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, speaks with Staff Sgt. Joshua Kenney, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron station captain, about the various tools used firefighters use to rescue people and protect themselves at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Gudgel toured the 14th CES fire station to see how Airmen work and keep Columbus AFB safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, speaks with Staff Sgt. Joshua Kenney, 14th Civil Engineer Squadron station captain, about the various tools used firefighters use to rescue people and protect themselves at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Gudgel toured the 14th CES fire station to see how Airmen work and keep Columbus AFB safe. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, eats lunch with Team BLAZE’s top performing Airmen, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel spoke to the Airmen about future plans for AETC and asked them for feedback on new projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, eats lunch with Team BLAZE’s top performing Airmen, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel spoke to the Airmen about future plans for AETC and asked them for feedback on new projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rodney Williams, 14th Operations Support Squadron aviation resource manager, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel immersed herself into the 14th Flying Training Wing’s mission by visiting various units around base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rodney Williams, 14th Operations Support Squadron aviation resource manager, talks with Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel immersed herself into the 14th Flying Training Wing’s mission by visiting various units around base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Mariel Constantino Rodriguez, 14th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of standards and evaluation, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Gudgel coined many top performing Team BLAZE Airmen for their hard work and dedication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, coins Staff Sgt. Mariel Constantino Rodriguez, 14th Security Forces Squadron noncommissioned officer in charge of standards and evaluation, at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 22, 2018. Gudgel coined many top performing Team BLAZE Airmen for their hard work and dedication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Elizabeth Owens)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, speaks with Tech. Sgt. William Powell, 331st Recruiting Squadron enlisted recruiter, at the local recruiting office in Columbus, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel asked Powell about what she and her team could do to make people more interested in joining the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, speaks with Tech. Sgt. William Powell, 331st Recruiting Squadron enlisted recruiter, at the local recruiting office in Columbus, Mississippi, June 21, 2018. Gudgel asked Powell about what she and her team could do to make people more interested in joining the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Beaux Hebert)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, visitited Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, June 21-22 to see the 14th Flying Training Wing’s daily operations and talk about what AETC has planned for the future of the command.

“If we are going to inspire and develop ‘Mach 21’ Airmen, we first need to look at ourselves and see how we are structured,” Gudgel said. “We want to promote innovative changes and promote the future.”

Gudgel explained how the reorganization of Headquarters AETC has allowed for ideas and changes to be reviewed and approved in a more efficient manner. By empowering the Numbered Air Force’s, AETC has given more command authority at the squadron level so that commanders can take intelligent risks for maximum mission effectiveness.

When it comes to the mission set of AETC, Gudgel said the command is no longer focusing on three separate factors but a more connected approach to recruiting, training and educating Airmen.

“I see AETC as moving past the traditional ‘stove pipe’ model,” said Gudgel. “We were always recruiting, educating and training but we had separated these efforts in the past and they never seemed to connect.”

Gudgel said that through the Continuum of Learning, it’s not about one “pipe”, but rather, all areas of an Airmen’s life flowing together from education or certifications they achieved before joining the military to the experiences they have had over the course of their entire career.

She also talked about the pilot training agenda and new ways that could streamline pilot production. With the innovative Pilot Training Next initiative, AETC is taking a different approach to how pilots learn through the use of exising and emerging technologies that decrease the time and cost of training without sacrificing the depth of learning.

“Pilots still need traditional stick and rudder time, but what if they could train while sitting in their home?” asked Gudgel. “New ideas and projects like PTN and the use of virtual reality simulators have made pilot training much faster and more cost effective by allowing pilots the chance to more training at the touch of their fingertips.”

Gudgel continues to visit Airmen Air Force wide in an effort to raise awareness and provide a better understanding of the Continuum of Learning and the efforts AETC is making to promote a culture of lifelong learning across the Air Force.