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Special Warfare Operator Enlistment program highlighted on "The Air Force Starts Here" pod

"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. 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. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. 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. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Special Warfare Operator Enlistment program aimed affording recruits the time and opportunity to find the path of their greatest calling is spotlighted in Air Education and Training Command's latest “The Air Force Starts Here” podcast, released Feb. 20, 2020.

Dan Hawkins from the AETC public affairs office sits down with Lt. Col. Joseph Lopez, chief of the special warfare division at AETC headquarters and Lt. Col. Heath Kerns, commander of the 330th Recruiting Squadron which specializes in special warfare and combat support recruiting, to talk about the services’s single path of entry into the special warfare recruiting and initial training pipeline.

Lopez and Kerns go in-depth about the reason for the new SWOE program which includes Air Force’s manning needs in the special warfare community, the base lining of enlistment standards, changes to the recruiting process and how initial skills training will be conducted under the new program.

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 and DVIDS, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play.

Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including the transformation of logistics and maintenance training, Tactical Air Control Party virtual reality training and much more.

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