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Posted 5/29/2013 Printable Fact Sheet

Air Education and Training Command is the executive agent for all Air Force sponsored international training and education. The command implements and approves Air Force sponsored security assistance training, monitors the progress of training and the welfare of U.S. Air Force-sponsored international students, and provides guidance for implementation of the DOD Informational Program. Each year AETC members train or facilitate training for more than 5,500 students from more than 135 countries attending flying, technical, medical and professional education and training.

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Director of Operations (AFSAT/DO)
The Director for Operations is the focal point for all operations and training related activities within the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron. Under the Director are eight Divisions; AFRICOM (AFSAT/DO1), CENTCOM (AFSAT/DO2), EUCOM (AFSAT/DO3), NORTHCOM/SOUTHCOM (AFSAT/DO4), PACOM (AFSAT/DO5), REQUIREMENTS (AFSAT/DO6), SUPPORT (AFSAT/DO7) AND TRAINING (AFSAT/DO8).

Africa Command (AFRICOM) Division (AFSAT/DO1)
The AFRICOM Division consists of six (6) personnel who manage training programs for 54 different countries. Training Programs are managed from inception to completion. Professional Country Managers (CM) and Program Managers (PM) expertly develop and manage $21.9M of USAF training programs. Current major programs include: Libya C-130H, C-130J and C-17; Morocco F-16 and G-550 programs; Nigeria, Mauritania and Kenya Cessna 208 ISR programs; Algeria C-130 flight training: Gabon C-130; Nigeria C-130 and SUPT programs; Tunisia C-130J training; Ethiopia C-130/L-100 reconstitution program; Botswana C-130 training; South Africa C-130 training, and the International Military Education and Training (IMET) Programs for AFRICOM countries. A significant portion of AFRICOM training efforts are via Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) used to meet training requirements ranging from C-208 MEDEVAC to C-130 airlift/airdrop to F-16 follow-on support.

Central Command (CENTCOM) Division (AFSAT/DO2)
The CENTCOM Division consists of forty-three (43) personnel who manage a $5B portfolio of training programs for eighteen (18) countries. The Saudi Arabia training effort represents the largest in terms of scope/complexity and, because of this, fifteen (15) of the assigned personnel are assigned to an internal sub-flight dedicated exclusively to the management of Saudi training.

The division is the focal point for all USAF-sponsored security assistance/security cooperation training programs supporting international partners in the Middle East region. All training efforts are professionally managed using a blended mix of highly-experienced military, civil service, and contractor personnel arranged into dedicated country-specific teams. These teams are comprised of an experienced Country Manager and Senior Training Manager, supplemented as necessary with various program-specific Training Specialists, who carefully oversee case development, resourcing, and execution efforts throughout the entire life cycle of assigned training programs. This staffing concept allows the teams to focus on the full range of security assistance training needs of each individual country to provide a unique level of management stability/continuity for each partner nation.

The CENTCOM training effort represents some of AFSAT's largest and most consistently demanding workload due to political visibility, program dollar value, student volume, training complexity and critical impact on U.S. national security. Current major aviation training efforts include: Afghanistan Basic Trainer/Light Lift, Pilatus PC-12 ISR, C-130H, and A-29 Super Tucano; Iraq C-172/208, T-6A, King Air 350, C-130E, C-130J, and F-16; Saudi SUPT, AWACS, KC-130J, F-15S, and F-15SA; United Arab Emirates F-16 and C-17; Qatar C-17 and C-130J; Jordan F-16; Egypt F-16; Oman F-16; Pakistan King Air 350 and F-16; Kuwait C-17; and Yemen C-208.

European Command Division (AFSAT/DO3)
The EUCOM Division consists of twelve (12 personnel who manage training programs for 52 different countries. Training Program Managers (TPMs), Security Assistance Program Managers (SAPMs) and Country Managers (CMs) expertly develop and manage approximately $1B in various international training programs. Current major programs include the Netherlands F-16 MLU Program, Poland C130E and F-16 programs, and Israeli C-130J training.

Netherlands operates a training squadron of 10 Dutch F-16 aircraft in CONUS. It is AFSATs formally appointed Security Assistance Program Manager's (SAPMs) responsibility to manage this dedicated squadron. Dedicated oversight by a seasoned TPM is required with a broader range of responsibility as it is especially cumbersome due to the amount of base infrastructure and large number of both dedicated and supporting manpower.

Northern/Southern Command (NORTH/SOUTHCOM) Division (AFSAT/DO4)
The NORTH/SOUTHCOM Division consists of five (5) personnel who manage training programs for 30 different countries. Training Programs are managed from inception to completion. Professional Country Managers (CM) and Program Managers (PM) expertly develop and manage $151M of USAF training programs. Current major programs include: Canada C-17 and C-130J; Chili F16 modernization and KC-135E; Mexico C-26A and EMB-145; and the International Military Education and Training (IMET), Counter Narcotics (1004), and International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) Programs for NORTH/SOUTHCOM countries. A significant portion of NORTH/SOUTHCOM training efforts are via Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) used to meet training requirements ranging from CE Red Horse to DLI to Fighter Integration Working Group support.

Pacific Command (PACOM) Division (AFSAT/DO5)
The PACOM Division consists of twelve (12) personnel who manage training programs for 28 different countries. Training Programs are managed from inception to completion. Professional Country Managers (CM), Program Managers (PM) and Security Assistance Program Managers (SAPM) expertly develop and manage $1.6B of USAF training systems. Current major programs include: India C-17 and C-130J; Taiwan F-16 upgrades; Indonesia F-16 buy of Excess Defense Article (EDA) aircraft; Thailand F-16 Mid Life Upgrade (MLU); Australian C-27J purchase; and the International Military Education and Training (IMET) Programs for PACOM countries.

Taiwan and Singapore actually operate training squadrons of foreign-flagged F-16 trainer aircraft in the continental United States to enhance their flying training proficiency. It is AFSAT's formally appointed Security Assistance Program Managers (SAPMs) responsibility to manage these "dedicated squadrons". This oversight is especially cumbersome due to the large amount of base infrastructure and supporting manpower involved, which requires dedicated oversight by seasoned and dynamic DO5 training managers who have a broader range of responsibility.

Requirements Division (AFSAT/DO6)
AFSAT's Requirements Division consists of eight (8) personnel who provide standardization and quality assurance for AFSAT training programs. DO6 is organized by Major Defense Systems (MDS) Fighter, Bomber, Airlift, Remotely Pilot Vehicles (RPA), and Munitions. DO6 maintains AFSAT standardized contracting documents and procedures in support of COCOM division programs. The division also manages major IDIQ contracts and provides QAP standardization in coordination with AETC CONS/LGCI.

DO6 maintains historical data, best practice examples and other data that assists Program Managers (PMs) with new requirements.
DO6 Develops training solutions for each MDS. DO6 is the POC for standardized training solutions in "smart book" format on the AFSAT SharePoint. DO6 Program Managers team with AFSAT COCOM managers to develop country specific training solutions.

Support Division (AFSAT/DO7)
The AFSAT Support Division is comprised of eight offices operated by 27 personnel, each with a critical role in enabling the AFSAT mission of developing, delivering and managing education and training solutions in support of US Security Cooperation objectives. These offices are: Scheduling, MASL, FDO, Teams, ACE, LOA, IMSO and IT.

AFSAT Scheduling is the MAJCOM-level quota management office for all US Air Force sponsored International training. They serve as the focal point for over 5,000 international students from over 150 countries attending CONUS and OCONUS quota bearing classes, and have five linchpin processes that are critical to AFSAT's mission. These processes include forecasting annual and out of year requirements, annual quota allocation, reutilization of cancelled training quotas, metrics and data compilation and quarterly and semi-annual production tracking. The six major program areas administered by Scheduling include Flying Training, Technical Training, Mission Readiness Training, Professional Military Education, Special Programs and Inter-American Air forces Academy (IAAFA) courses.

The Military Articles Service Listing (MASL) Office works in close coordination with the Scheduling office, Foreign Disclosure Officer (FDO) and AFSAT Financial Management (FM) as the USAF primary MASL Manager. The MASL Office is responsible for creation, pricing, maintenance and disposition of over 2,000 MASLs in the support of over 6,000 annual USAF-sponsored foreign training requirements. Interface with internal and external agencies to acquire accurate information thru ETCA.

The AFSAT Foreign Disclosure Office (FDO) serves as Air Force's release disclosure authority for all USAF international programmed training for 140 countries by implementing National Disclosure Policy as outlined in SAF/IAPD and AETC Foreign Disclosure instructions. FDO reviews all AFSAT generated programmed training, which includes formal course, Mobile Training Team (MTT) and Observer/Familiarization training. FDO reviews course release requests and provides releasability determinations for new MASL requests in order to protect national security assets. The office coordinates on all AFSAT generated LOAs to ensure projected training complies with AETC Delegated Disclosure Authority Letters (DDL). The FDO office coordinates with higher headquarters on all foreign disclosure requests which go beyond the scope of AETC delegated disclosure, those with guidance conflicts, and those associated with Exceptions of National Disclosure Policy (ENDP). FDO creates local Foreign Disclosure policy and provides continuous Foreign Disclosure Education and Awareness training to AFSAT personnel. FDO is also responsible for the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRnet) and Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). FDO Checks AFSAT/CC SIPRnet email daily, facilitates SIPR taskers, conducts quarterly SF Form 311 (Agency Security Classification Management Program Data) and helps administer ISOPREP training for foreign trips.

The Teams Office manages international Mobile Training Team, Language Training Detachment (LTD) and Extended Training Service Specialist (ETSS) cases for 140 countries in support of national and regional security objectives. Teams provides analyses of MTT statistics and related data to the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs (SAF/IA), HQ USAF and HQ AETC and coordinates with Security Cooperation Offices (SCO) world-wide, and SAF/IA on manpower requirements.

The ACE office is responsible for the management of three programs: the Aviation Leadership Program (ALP), Combating Terrorism Fellowship Program (CTFP) and the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) Program. The USAF ALP is a scholarship program for international undergraduate flying training that also provides English language training at the Defense Language Institute English Language Center (DLIELC) when required. Flight training is conducted at the 14th FTW, Columbus AFB, Mississippi. CTFP, administered by The Global Security Affairs Partnership Strategy Office, enables the DoD to assist key countries in the war on terrorism by providing counterterrorism training and education. The purpose of ENJJPT is to train pilots for assignment to fighter/fighter-type aircraft of the armed forces of signatory nations in the furtherance of NATO rationalization and standardization through mutual cooperation. This training is conducted at the 80th FTW, Sheppard AFB, TX. The ACE office is, in effect, an extension of AFSAT's COCOM Country Program Managers in that these programs manage Security Cooperation cases in much the same way as any other Foreign Military Sale. As the sole focal point for these programs, ACE is responsible for the communication, coordination, implementation, and funding associated with programmed training for over 100 Partners. ACE coordinates directly with SAF/IA, DSCA, the COCOMs, SCOs and AFSAT/FM to produce and manage LOAs for each program.

The Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) Office serves as the Air Force's office of primary responsibility for the management of LOAs and their associated Amendments and Modifications in support of Foreign Military Sales cases involving USAF-provided training. They coordinate with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), SAF/IA, Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC), other Military Departments and the Department of State as necessary to prepare the training portion of both AF-specific and multi-command LOAs for the sale of defense systems and equipment via the Defense Security Assistance Management System (DSAMS). They provide feedback to DSCA and SAF/IA on policies affecting Air Force training cases, develop local policies for LOA management, educate CMs and PMs concerning policy changes impacting the development of future FMS cases and perform quality assurance reviews of DSAMS submissions to ensure they conform to these policies. They locally validate manpower requirements established on LOAs via the Security Assistance Manpower Requirements System (SAMRS). The LOA Office provides DSAMS and SAMRS training as necessary to AETC/IA and AFSAT personnel. The LOA Office assists FM in the preparation and quality assurance of payment schedules by reviewing financial and termination liability analyses and worksheets in conjunction with document preparation of blanket order/defined order LOAs.

The International Military Student Office serves as the focal point for all International Military Student Officers (IMSOs) across the Air Force with International Military Students (IMS) attending USAF-sponsored training at CONUS and OCONUS installations. This office disseminates IMS education and training policy to IMSO personnel and ensures compliance with DoD and USAF policies and directives, while serving as a liaison between IMSOs, AETC/IA, SAF/IA and DSCA. This office is also responsible for ensuring IMSOs maintain IMS data integrity in the Security Assistance Network Web. IMSO creates, updates, and publishes USAF specific expanded guidance that supplements the Joint Security Cooperation Education and Training instruction. The office is also responsible for creating and conducting MILDEP-specific training for IMSOs at the DISAM SCM-TO training officers course located at WPAFB OH. The office also implements and manages the DoD Field Studies Program (FSP) for all USAF training activities and disseminates instructions and procedures for annual budgets, and approves, distributes and audits FY funds to ensure compliance with DoD guidance. The office also supports contracted training locations with IMSO administrative support from AFSAT's traveling IMSO. In addition, IMSO hosts the USAF IMSO workshop that is held approximately every 18 months.

The Information Technology Office provides network and computer hardware and software support for AETC/IA and AFSAT. The IT office manages an internal Helpdesk to support trouble tickets for account creations, password resets, security permissions, VTC's, Blackberry support, printer support, hardware acquisition/inventory management, software acquisition/inventory management, SharePoint administration, SIPR administration, computer connectivity with port security, computer troubleshooting/configuration, vulnerability remediation, accreditation packages to operate systems and other various tasks. In addition, IT employees serve as System Administrators and provide technical support in coordination with the Defense Security Assistance Development Center (DSADC) for the Defense Security Assistance Management System (DSAMS), the Air Force Security Assistance Center (AFSAC) for the Control Management Control System (CMCS) mainframe system, and with the Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management (DISAM) for the Security Assistance Network (SAN) for all Air Force MILDEP users and IMSOs totaling 575 user accounts for all systems.

Training Division (AFSAT/DO8)
The TRAINING Division is responsible for the development and management of a comprehensive squadron training program as well as the single point of contact (POC) for management of the Defense Security Assistance Management System Training Module (DSAMS-TM) in support of operational functions.

Management of the unit training program encompasses identifying and securing formal training courses from both DoD and contractor sources, orientation/awareness education and training, development of in-house training courses, on-the-job training, and seminars to meet mission needs. This on-going process supports all training mission requirements to include Security Cooperation, management, leadership, professional development, ancillary training, etc. A standard and comprehensive training plan is developed and tracked for each employee to ensure all training and certification requirements are met.

As the appointed POC, oversight of the DISAM-TM design and functionality is on-going to ensure AFSAT operational business processes and policies are supported. A thorough analysis is accomplished and appropriate action is taken with the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) to make necessary system changes. AFSAT users are provided guidance and affects of system changes as required.

Director, Financial Management (AFSAT/FM)
The Director, Financial Management is the focal point for all financial related activities within the Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron. Under the Director are five divisions; Financial Analysis (FMA), Budget (FMB), Financial Services (FMF), Policy and Programs (FMP) and Financial Travel (FMT).

Financial Analysis Division (AFSAT/FMA)
The Financial Analysis Division consists of ten (10) personnel who provide financial advice, analysis and reconciliation. These efforts include the three foreign military sales Dedicated F-16 Training Squadrons located at USAF bases. Tucson ANG and Luke AFB host squadrons for the Netherlands, Singapore, and Taiwan. Additionally, FMA provides funding for the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) cost-sharing program at Sheppard AFB, TX; O-CONUS training team deployments under the International Military Education & Training (IMET) program and Foreign Military Sale (FMS) cases. The Mobile Training Teams deploy on a TDY basis, while the Extended Training Service Specialists Support (ETSS) teams and Language Training Detachment (LTD) teams deploy on a PCS basis. In addition, FMA oversees financing for the Field Studies Program (FSP) activities; the Waived Administration Fees on NATO and Major Non-NATO country FMS cases; and processes tuition billings for Army and Navy sponsored international students attending AF courses.

Budget Division (AFSAT/FMB)
The Budget Division consists of ten (10) personnel who are responsible for developing the Program Objective Memorandum (POM) and Annual Budgets for Foreign Military Sales (FMS), Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and O&M. Expertly manages $6.7B international and grant funds for 7 different programs, 140+ countries; FMS, FMF (T10), International Military Education Training (IMET) funding, Counter Terrorism (CT), 1004 (Counter Drug Program), International Narcotics Control (INL) and Aviation Leadership Program (ALP). Monitoring and tracking of Decentralized Reimbursements in excess of $210M, management of Letters of Acceptance (LOA) pricing for FMS cases and lines to include financial reviews of FMS cases. Pricing of Mobile Training Teams (MTTs) and/or Extended Training Service Specialists Support (ETSS). Processing of funding requests for setting up obligation authority (OA) in CMCS, DSAMS and GAFS-BQ; perform review and reconciliation of all target transactions processed using OLRV generated reports. Approval of ABSS documents for all funding sources and local validation of all Manpower Travel and Data Sheet (MTDS's) in SAMRS.

Financial Services Division (AFSAT/FMF)
The Financial Services Division consists of fourteen (14) personnel who execute and manage numerous financial programs. These programs include International Military Education & Training (IMET), with a one year average throughput of 226 students; Foreign Military Sales (FMS) with more than 1,400 students; Counter Terrorism (CT), International Narcotics Control (INL), 1004 (Counter Drug Program), Aviation Leadership Program (ALP). In addition, they fund and reconcile all AFSAT civilian salaries and TDY's; validate training requirements, verify available balances and scope on all Manual funding requests prior to submission for FMB approval, process Invitational Travel Orders (ITO's) funding requests in DSAMS. They request obligation authority for any FMS requirement for commitment of funds in the accounting system, GAFS-BQ. FMF also performs contract reviews and reconciliation. FMF works closely with DFAS-Indianapolis and DFAS-Limestone to validate and reconcile accounting data. They maintain the FMF Admin/T10 and O&M accounts and process civilian medical bills and military medical treatment facility (MTF) bills - Air Force, Army, and Navy. They also process Subsistence-in-kind (SIK) food service reimbursement to multiple bases. FMF also prepares vouchers to refund/reimburse costs for specialty and flight physicals performed at Lackland AFB for Air Force, Army, and Navy IMS's. The division also serves as the Defense Travel Service (DTS), Wide Area Work Force (WAWF), and ABSS Liaison for the AFSAT Squadron.

Financial Operations Division (AFSAT/FMP)
The Financial Operations Division consists of twelve (12) personnel who provide financial policy and regulatory guidance. They serve as the squadron focal point for the manager's internal control program (MICP) and financial quality assurance (QA) programs. FMP provides training, chief accounting advice and principles; reviews financial processes, systems and accounts and is the focal point for all downward directed implementations and modifications of Air Force security assistance training program financial management systems. FMP approves tuition pricing for 1200+ MASL's, monitors tuition reimbursements and maintains supporting reference data tables, completes annual financial management FMS training case reconciliations checklists reviews and finalizes FMS training cases and lines for closure.

Financial Travel Division (AFSAT/FMT)
The Financial Operations Travel Division consists of six (6) personnel who provide government travel support, policy and regulatory guidance for all AFSAT employees traveling in support of AFSAT's international training mission. FMT serves as the squadron focal point and Organizational Defense Travel Administrator (ODTA) for all actions pertaining to the Defense Travel System (DTS) and Reserve Travel Systems (RTS) management. They are responsible for travel voucher computation utilizing RTS in support of International Military Students (IMS) in training with Transportation Living Allowances (TLA) authorized for payment while in an official training status. This division also provides detailed analysis of travel voucher payment timeliness in support of AFSAT's Quality Assurance (QA) program.

New Business and Resource Management Division (AFSAT/XF)
The New Business and Resource Management Division consists of six (6) International Training Program Managers supporting the functions which merge the areas of AETC IA and AFSAT similar to a Commander's Action Group, providing analysis of factors related to International training programs, training CONOPS, Building Partnership interface, data collection, mission enhancement initiatives, problem solving, and other duties as directed to ensure successful completion of the International Training and Education mission. XF primarily handles new business for major weapon systems training development and implementation (F-35); crisis staffing actions supporting AETC, SAF/IA, DSCA, and other US governmental agencies; and International Training data analysis, programming and fact finding. New Business areas include the F-35, Joint Strike Fighter, with unique challenges of support for Partner Nations which have jointly worked with US DoD to develop and implement. The F-35 also includes the initial development and implementation of concurrent FMS requirements of this weapon system not yet established in the USAF inventory. Additionally, XF provides an interface to develop and implement new ways to provide training support with commercial vendors for areas of limited training capacity such as the C-130J and C-130H programs. XF provides input and data support to any government agency for POM submissions and USAF Programmed Flying Training support. XF represents AETC IA and AFSAT leadership to help formulate improvement plans and strategies. XF is responsible for handling manpower related issues, updating and maintaining the UMD and working with AETC/A1 to extract data needed to support analysis and migration efforts. XF also assists and advises AFSAT leadership on realignments of personnel, distribution of work, efficient use of positions and employees. XF develops or revises operating instructions, policy letters and other documents as directed by AETC IA and AFSAT leadership. XF also manages AETC's International Visitor program to ensure distinguished international visitors gain a thorough appreciation of the Command's efforts to train and educate our international partners, while hosting then on behalf of the Commander, AETC. Using these capabilities, XF ensures that the strategic goals and objectives of the Air Education and Training Command Director of International Training and Education and the Commander of AFSAT supports the Air Force's objective to build and strengthen enduring international partnerships by building partner capacity.

Last updated May 2013

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