by T.G. Kistler
Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
1/29/2014 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Fifteen
chief learning officers from companies across the nation came together
here recently to exchange ideas about learning organizations and
Dr. Darcy Lilley, Air Mobility Command's chief learning officer, said
the discussion provided insight for their mission. Her office explores
innovative ways of learning to spread excellence across the command.
As AMC moves away from the old learning model of train for deployment,
deploy, recover, train for deployment etc., the in-garrison force is the
future norm. The command's challenge, then, is to keep Airmen involved
and motivated through innovative learning.
The learning office's main concern is supporting mission accomplishment,
not pursuing advanced academic degrees. While post-secondary education
is important, the AMC learning office focuses on learning at the
individual and organizational level.
This lines up with the AMC commander's third priority: training.
For example, an organization may create a training video to help teach
others how to perform a task. Millions of people have learned how to
play guitar or change out engines this way, proving that videos can be
By conducting the training on-demand through video, Airmen can also gain
access to the best trainer in AMC. They can train when they are
motivated to learn, instead of when their supervisors tell them to
attend a class.
This means they potentially will learn more quickly and comprehensively, at a reduced expense.
Defense Connect Online, or DCO, also enhances learning. It is one of
AMC's virtual solutions to the current fiscal climate and reduced travel
for face-to-face meetings.
During a recent online conference, Gen. Paul Selva, AMC commander, met
with 300 junior officers, junior noncommissioned officers and junior
The perceived feeling of anonymity on DCO, although names were visible,
encouraged participants to ask the commander more questions than they
might in a traditional setting. The commander was able to answer their
questions and improve their learning experience.
That is the ultimate goal. The AMC learning office plans to help every
Airman become a lifelong learner with a positive approach to new