by Michael Peer
USAF Expeditionary Operations School
1/30/2015 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, NJ -- During
the days of vacation, excitement, and reflection that surround the
beginning of a new year, setting resolutions is a common occurrence for
many. If your resolution was advancing your education, the U.S. Air
Force Expeditionary Operations School located at the U.S. Air Force
Expeditionary Center can get you started.
The USAF EOS recently began two new distance learning courses in
response to combatant commander and AF educational needs. The "Air Force
Expeditionary Site Survey Process" and "AF Fundamentals of
Expeditionary Mobility Operations" joined 23 other interactive distance
learning courses developed by the USAF EOS here.
Sgt. Ellsworth Cupid of the 11th Quartermaster Company, who completed
"Intro to Air Mobility Operations," said the course was extremely
informative. "This course surprised me, I did not expect to learn as
much material as I did," Cupid said.
The courses are open to all Active, Reserve, Air National Guard, and
Civilian Department of Defense members with a desire to learn
Expeditionary Mobility skills. The curriculum offers comprehensive
training especially designed for new to mid-level personnel.
The school provides traditional classroom education at the USAF EC, but
develops online courses as well to provide flexible options to help
Total Force students reach educational and professional goals. More than
2,000 students began online training managed by USAF EOS instructors
"Being that I was out of the career-field for a year, this training is a
big help in me getting back my 1CO skills," said Chief Master Sgt.
Patrick McFarlin, of Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air
Forces Africa, about his experience in "Aviation Resource Management
The amount of time it takes to complete a course varies, from 3-36
hours, based on which course you enroll in and your individual learning
pace. Some of the available courseware also serves as a prerequisite to
attend advanced training conducted by USAF EOS instructors.
"With over 30,000 graduates within the last 12 months, our online
training provides a superior introduction to many of the mobility
concepts our people face every day," said Col. Jay Junkins, USAF EOS
commander. "Personnel from any DoD service can gain valuable information
on many AMC processes such as how we load aircraft or procedures
regarding the shipment of hazardous materials."
Steve Mortensen, 62nd Operations Group, said the "Flying Hour
Reconciliation" course provided an "excellent manner of capturing
material in an easy-to-understand format. It was very valuable."
The online courses offered by the USAF EOS are the first distance
learning training to be accredited by the Community College of the Air
Force. Enlisted Air Force members can receive credit towards their
degree by completing one of the CCAF accredited distance learning
courses and then passing a proctored exam at their local base Education
Whether it is a general mobility enterprise concept like "Introduction
to Air Mobility Operations," or an Air Force Specialty Code specific
opportunity like "Aviation Resource Management Fundamentals" there is
something for everyone.
"This training was very informative and well thought out," said Master
Sgt. James Melford, 752nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron,
who participated in the "Intro to (Mobility Air Forces) Maintenance
Production" course. "The module flowed in such a manner it gave me a
better understanding of the big picture."