|Training Consolidated for Rivet Joint Linguists |
Training Consolidated for Rivet Joint Linguists
Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska -- January 16, 2001 -- (AFPN) -- The Air Force is consolidating training for linguists assigned RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft duties by moving initial aircraft qualification from three bases to the 97th Intelligence Squadron at Offutt.
The hog-nosed RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft, Rivet Joint, with its extensive antennae array, provides vital real-time reconnaissance information and electronic warfare support to theater commanders and combat forces (Air Force photo).
Currently, RC-135 linguists achieve initial qualification at their duty stations after graduating from technical training. Three bases -- Kadena Air Base, Japan; Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom; and Offutt -- provide the training for new linguists serving on the RC-135.
Under the consolidation, all Rivet Joint linguists will move to the 97th IS here for qualification before being assigned to one of the three RC-135 Rivet Joint locations.
Centralizing the training will ensure all students receive similar training before reporting to their squadrons and will reduce the time and costs of training, officials said.
The training will take place in the squadron's Airborne Training Center and will include time on two simulators, the Rivet Joint Mission Trainer and the Ground Data Processing System.
"The ATC training complements the time students spend training in the air, and that allows us to get more training done without having to use more valuable flying hours," said Capt. Lori Calabrese, the future requirements coordinator for the squadron.
The squadron will also gain people as a result of an Air Staff initiative to balance overseas and stateside bases, bringing an influx of linguists from the 390th Intelligence Squadron at Kadena and the 488th Intelligence Squadron at Mildenhall. The squadron also gained billets last year when the 55th Wing added two RC-135 Rivet Joint aircraft to its fleet.
When all changes are complete, more than 300 additional people will be assigned to the squadron.
RC-135 airborne linguists can also look forward to a change in their Air Force Specialty Code. This spring they will convert to the 1A8 aircrew AFSC and be eligible for enlisted flight pay. Patterned after officers' Aviation Career Incentive Pay program, Career Enlisted Flight Incentive Pay is paid continuously, even when the member is performing non-flying duties. The amount is based on individual years of aviation service and meeting flying-hour criteria. (Courtesy of Air Combat Command News Service)
- Offutt AFB, Neb.