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New face to an old program makes the AF more efficient

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley held an enlisted call June 6 at the Peterson auditorium. Chief McKinley addressed the Air Force Shaping Initiative, new uniforms, training and other Air Force priorities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Larry Hulst)

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley held an enlisted call June 6 at the Peterson Air Force Base. Chief McKinley addressed the changes that the Air Force would see regarding ancillary training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Larry Hulst)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- If a survey was taken among Airman about ancillary training you would hear, useful, practical, required, and without a doubt you would hear "long". That is until now. The face of ancillary training has changed across the Air Force.

In an effort to save money, and make the Air Force more efficient, nine blocks of ancillary training, approximately eight hours, will be replaced by three 30-minute classes.

"The new ancillary system is estimated to save the Air Force 6 million man-hours per year," said Jack Hartman, the 30th Space Wing Base training manager.

"The manpower saved because of the new ancillary training plan will allow Airmen to focus on Vandenberg's mission to defend the United States through exceptional launch, range, expeditionary, and installation operations," Said Col. Steve Tanous, the 30th SW commander.

Each new class will hit different section of the old classes.

Information security, North Atlantic Treaty Organization security, information assurance, records management, Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act training will be combined into the Information Protection class, Mr. Hartman said.

"The course that was formerly known as 'Protection from Terrorism, Level 1" will now fall under the 'Force Protection' course," He said.

The final course is the Human Relations course that includes combating trafficking in persons and suicide awareness, and violence prevention, Mr. Hartman said.

Taking the course will update Airmen for a year.

"Training in the new courses will be updated annually," Mr. Hartman said. "For example, if an Airman is due for his Information Assurance training, he would take the Information Protection course and be caught up with all ancillary training that falls under it."

The change will also make life easier for commanders.

Since the courses will cover multiple areas in a smaller amount of time, it makes it more reasonable for commanders to synchronize their unit's dates for recertification, Mr. Hartman said.

The time saved due to the changes will make it easier for the Air Force to continue its air and space dominance.

The change in ancillary training will no doubt increase the morale of Airman, but it is also a major success in the Air Force's effort to become a more efficient air and space power.