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Around the Air Force: USAF Flu Fighters, MTIs Return to Academy, and Pilot Qualification

February 16, 2020


HEY EVERYONE, I’M
SENIOR AIRMAN MARQUS WILLIAMS
WITH YOUR LOOK AROUND THE AIR
FORCE. WE’RE IN THE MIDDLE
OF FLU SEASON, AND THE CENTERS FOR
DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION IS
REPORTING NINETEEN MILLION CASES,
ONE-HUNDRED EIGHTY-THOUSAND
HOSPITALIZATIONS AND TEN-THOUSAND
DEATHS IN THE U.S. ALONE. THE AIR FORCE
RESEARCH LABORATORY’S
711TH HUMAN PERFORMANCE
WING, AT WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE
BASE, OHIO, PLAYS A ROLE IN TRACKING
AND IDENTIFYING MUTATIONS OF
INFLUENZA VIRUS AS THEY MONITOR THE
HEALTH OF AIR FORCE PERSONNEL AROUND
THE WORLD. TO FIND OUT MORE
INFORMATION, INCLUDING THE
INFLUENZA VACCINE CREATION PROCESS,
LISTEN TO THE AFRL LAB LIFE
PODCAST AVAILABLE ON MULTIPLE
STREAMING SERVICES. FOR THE FIRST TIME
IN A DECADE, THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY
IN COLORADO WILL HAVE PERMANENT
MILITARY TRAINING INSTRUCTORS ON THE
CADET WING STAFF TO ENHANCE THE
MILITARY TRAINING PROGRAM. AS PART OF ITS NEW
TRAINING PLAN, THE CADET WING WILL
ALSO LEVERAGE EXPERTS IN THE
ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT TO LEAD AND
PLAN PHYSICAL CONDITIONING FOR
RECRUITS TO REDUCE INJURIES AND BETTER
PREPARE CADETS TO MEET AIR FORCE
STANDARDS. FIVE MTI’S ARE
SCHEDULED TO JOIN THE CADET WING BY
MARCH OF THIS YEAR. THE PILOT MANNING
SHORTAGE IN THE AIR FORCE MEANS THE
SERVICE IS LOOKING FOR INNOVATIVE
WAYS TO IDENTIFY CANDIDATES WITH A
POTENTIALLY HIGH DEGREE OF SUCCESS
IN PILOT TRAINING. THE AIR EDUCATION
AND TRAINING COMMAND PARTNERED
WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, SAN
ANTONIO’S DATA ANALYTICS PROGRAM
IS REFINING AND VALIDATING THE
PILOT CANDIDATE SELECTION METHOD,
OR PCSM. THE GOAL IS TO MAKE
SURE THE PCSM IS A VALID MEASURING
STICK TO I.D. PILOT CANDIDATES, OR IF
THE METHOD NEEDS UPDATING. RESULTS OF THE
STUDY WILL BE BRIEFED TO
REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE RATED
DIVERSITY INITIATIVE WORKING
GROUP, WHO ARE LOOKING TO IDENTIFY
AND EASE BARRIERS FOR FLYING CAREERS. YOU CAN VISIT AF.MIL FOR OTHER AIR FORCE NEWS AND
STORIES LIKE THESE. OR CHECK OUT OUR
YOUTUBE PAGE AT YOUTUBE.COM/AFTVRADIO AND THAT’S YOUR
LOOK AROUND THE AIR FORCE.

1 Comment

  • Reply Harrison _ February 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Maybe you guys should be worried about coronavirus in the USA.

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