Air Education and Training Command
/ Published June 04, 2020
"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 – A deep dive inside the Remotely-Piloted Aircraft Training Next program is the focus of the latest episode of "The Air Force Starts Here," released June 2, 2020.
On the pod, Dan Hawkins from the Air Education and Training Command public affairs office sat down virtually with Maj. Adam “Boomer” Smith, the architect of the Remotely Piloted Aircraft Training Next program, who goes in depth on this 19th Air Force initiative and how it is integrating modern technology and innovative strategies in an effort to transform how RPA pilots and sensor operators are developed. It also ties directly to AETC’s priority of transforming the way we learn so we can develop the Airmen We Need.
Smith describes the effort to move to a competency-based training concept where RPA students undergo a tailor-made program based on their capabilities and needs rather than an entire class following a rigid construct and transitioning through the entire pipeline together has been the long-term goal. He also discusses how RTN has incorporated lessons learned from Pilot Training Next, as well as the streamlining of the initial pipeline from two courses into one course, called the RPA course where future pilots and sensor operators train together and learn in the context of the mission in a holistic way.
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, Spotify and Google Play.
Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including force development initiatives, total force recruiting, and much more.