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  • First pilots graduate from helicopter-only training at Fort Rucker

    Seven officers received their pilot’s wings, becoming the first Air Force officers to earn their wings from a helicopter-only syllabus since 1993. The Helicopter Training Next class graduated June 22 with Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, presiding during the ceremony. Currently, the helicopter pilot training pipeline lasts about 17 months and includes flying the T-6 fixed wing aircraft for six months before transferring to helicopter training.
  • The Air Force Starts Here: LGBTQI+ Airmen in the First Command

    On June 17, 2021, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, sat down with Brig. Gen. Brenda Cartier, incoming AETC director of operations and communications, to discuss our LGBTQI+ community within the Air Force.
  • Become an Instructor Pilot for a Day…Via Instagram

    If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to fly a mile in a First Assignment Instructor Pilot’s shoes, log into Instagram and make sure your seat is in an upright and locked position. On June 24, 2021, 1st Lt. Courtland “Bang” White from Vance Air Force Base, Okla., will take over the AETC Instagram page—follow along at @aetc_firstcommand.

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  • DOD Directs Employees to Start Wearing Face Masks Again

    The Defense Department directed employees working in areas at high risk for transmission to begin using face masks again as a measure to prevent the continued spread of the COVID-19 virus, especially the fast-moving, highly-transmittable Delta variant.
  • Wing commander bids farewell to the Nomads and the Air Force

    Col. Jon S. Wheeler, 33rd Fighter Wing commander, will relinquish command July 30, 2021 and will retire after serving 25 years in the Air Force. Wheeler received his commission from the United States Air Force Academy in 1996, attended undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base, and went on to fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon before transitioning to the F-35A Lightning II.
  • Kendall sworn in as 26th Secretary of the Air Force

    Frank Kendall was administratively sworn in July 28 as the 26th Secretary of the Air Force.
  • Call for topics now open for 2022 Air Force Learning Professionals’ Consortium

    The call for topics for the 2022 Learning Professionals’ Consortium (LPC-22) has been released by AETC/A3B’s Learning Professionals Branch. The theme of this year’s event is Explore – Engage – Accelerate and is an opportunity to bring together and develop the community of knowledgeable and committed Learning Professionals.
  • Cyber career field discusses new training baseline

    The 81st Training Support Squadron hosted the Cyber Operations Specialty Training and Requirements Team conference here, July 19-23. “The conference was held to ensure the upcoming evolution from cyberspace support to cyberspace operations is a smooth transition, eliminate training deficiencies and maintain the health and welfare of the entire career field at the highest standard,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Storer, 81st TRSS cyberspace support force development NCO in charge. “It impacts the entirety of the cyberspace support career field by creating baseline requirements for training.”
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