Maj Mark A. Sellers, Chief, Training Requirements Branch
Headquarters Air Force Weather Agency (AFWA), Air and Space Sciences
Directorate, Training Division is making great strides to standardize training
for the weather career field. The
Training Division is broken down into a Technical Training Branch (DNTT)
and Training Requirements Branch (DNTR).
DNTT has developed standardized Qualification Training Packages (QTPs)
on 10 core subjects critical to successful weather forecasting.
These QTPs must be completed prior to weather personnel getting their
5-skill level and by second lieutenants new to the career field.
Each QTP contains a trainee workbook, trainer’s guide, and
evaluation pamphlet. DNTT has
deployed teams of 4 personnel to some of the Operational Weather Squadrons
(OWS) to help with the development of training programs for the new Initial
Skills Course graduates and has been active at regional training workshops
hosted by MAJCOMS. DNTR is
working hand-in-hand with the acquisition side of Air Force Weather (AFW),
contractors, and other agencies to meet career field training needs for
all newly procured hardware and software weather systems.
DNTR coordinates manpower, funding, and scheduling for mobile training
teams as systems get fielded plus designs and develops user manuals, precursor
materials, training videos, computer-based training packages (CD-ROM), and
interactive courseware. Training
is key to AFW reengineering becoming a success.
HQ AFWA Training Division is at the pulse of this exciting change.
For more information and training materials, .mil and .gov addresses can
visit us on the Web at http://wwwmil.offutt.af.mil/afwadnt