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Occupational competency modeling topic of latest “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” podcast

The "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" podcast provides visibility on emerging issues in the recruiting, training, education and development of Total Force Airmen, as well as impactful insight on leadership and lessons learned from the field through conversations with subject matter experts and leaders, in an easy-to-listen to format available on demand.

The "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" podcast provides visibility on emerging issues in the recruiting, training, education and development of Total Force Airmen, as well as impactful insight on leadership and lessons learned from the field through conversations with subject matter experts and leaders, in an easy-to-listen to format available on demand.

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The process to create occupational competency models for the Air Forced is the focus of episode 17 of Air Education and Training Command’s “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” professional development podcast series, released Oct. 10.

On the pod, the AETC public affairs team sits down with Lt. Col. Jamie Wiley and Vincent Villanueava, the director and deputy respectively, from the HQ AETC Occupational Competencies Branch, talking about their charge and efforts to break old training mindsets and develop competency models across the Air Force’s 266 career fields.

Topics include “what” and “why” these competencies matter and how they can help the Air Force give Airmen the skills they need to be successful in a given job; how competencies link directly to an Airman’s professional development and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein’s focus area of revitalizing squadrons; and examples of how they build these competencies in conjunction with the career fields and in a cross functional manner. 

The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application.  

Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including Project Nexus, the classroom of the future at the Inter-American Air Forces Academy, a partnership between NASA and Pilot Training Next, and much more.

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