Tuesday, September 24, 2013

5 mobility school courses held at once

by Staff Sgt. Amber R. Kelly-Herard
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

9/24/2013 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill.  -- With the right combination of people and places, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center Mobility Operations School, Detachment 2, here, held five courses at the same time simultaneously.

The schoolhouse offers 17 different curriculums to support the Air Mobility Command mission, but they had never held more than four courses congruently.

When Airmen come to a Mobility Air Forces Global Command and Control position, they go to the detachment first.

The purpose of the school house, which was established Dec. 1, 2005, is to provide the skills and knowledge to be integrated into the air mobility enterprise.

"AMC brings America to the fight - whether it be a rescue or humanitarian mission, we move the people and equipment to support the war effort," said Rudy Becker, U.S. Air Force EC Mobility Operations School director. "This school trains the people on the ground."

The five courses held include: the Global Mobility Air Operations Core Course, Global Mobility Air and Space Operations Executive Course, AMC Command Post Manager Course, Air Mobility Liaison Officer Qualification Course and the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst-based Advance Air Mobility Operations Course.

The Global Mobility Air Operations Course is an eight-day course for everyone assigned to the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center).

"This is our bread and butter," said Lt. Col. Christopher Fuller, Detachment 2's commander. "We graduate on average 210 students a year. Students range from colonels to Airmen new to the Tanker Airlift Control Center and AMC mission."

After the GMAOC, most students will attend a Global Mobility Air Operation Track which is more job-specific.

The Global Mobility Air and Space Operations Executive Course is a two-day course for senior leaders assigned to 618th AOC.

The AMC Command Post Manager Course is an introduction to the responsibilities of being a command post manager. To add to the detachment's success, recently the AMC Command Post Manager Course became the Command Post Manager Course for the Air Force.

"The functional manager sits through every course we hold. Access to the AMC Staff and functional managers is another benefit of the school being located at Scott." said Fuller, a Miami, Fla., native.

The Air Mobility Liaison Officer Qualification Course is a five-week course for MAF officers preparing to become air mobility liaisons in a joint environment.

Lastly, the Advance Air Mobility Operations Course, which is based out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., was also held. AAMOC enhances understanding of the Air Force's air mobility capability, including how air mobility forces are organized, employed and executed to support joint mission objectives.

"We mirror the mission environment when we train so our students leave the class confident," said Becker, a Huntington, Conn., native.

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