(1) Administers combat flight training to military aircrews. Instructs and evaluates pilots through a broad training spectrum, in addition to performing pilot duties, which may include but is not limited to:
a. Initial Qualification Training (IQT)
b. Mission Qualification Training (MQT) Training required to achieve a basic level of competence in the unit's primary tasked missions. This training is a prerequisite for Mission Ready (MR) status. Elements of instruction include (but are not limited to): IFR Formation, Tactical Formation Maneuvers, Tactical Departure and Arrival Procedures, Chemical Warfare Task Qualification Training (CWTQT), and Aircraft Defensive Systems (ADS) to include threat recognition and maneuvering.
c. Continuation Training (CT) Training to maintain proficiency and improve aircrew capabilities to perform unit missions and aircrew proficiency sorties not flown in formal syllabus missions, tests, or evaluations. Many CT events for aircrew members require the direct supervision of an instructor while accomplishing the training. CT is directed by AFI11-2MDS Vol 1. Continuation Training is measured in number and types of sorties and events accomplished. All types of training mentioned in this section pertain to maintaining Mission Ready (MR) status for world-wide deployment capability.
d. Upgrade Training (UG) Training which is syllabus directed to qualify the aircrew in positions beyond that of the entry-level aircrew. Elements of "Upgrade Training" include: Mobility Pilot Development (MPD), Instructor Pilot (IP), Standardization Evaluation Flight Examiner (SEFE), Formation/Element Lead Qualification, and Touch and Go certification. Upgrade Training may also include Functional Check Flight certification.
e. Special Capability Training - Training which is designed for specific missions and /or special equipment types. Elements of "Special Capability" instruction include (but are not limited to): Special Certification Training for specific Geographic locations, Presidential Support missions, and other Special Qualification/Classified missions.
A glossary of mission/sortie and event definitions can be found in AFI 11-2 MDS Volume 1.
(2) Assesses flight instructors, pilots and other aircrew members assigned, attached, or newly acquired to the unit to determine flying background and proficiency in the Unit Equipped (UE) airplane. Plans, develops and presents comprehensive courses of instruction in both ground and flight training for pilots to achieve and maintain mission ready status. Performs as flight instructor, and/or flight examiner, evaluating and examining rated aircrew to assure training standards are met in these general areas: mission planning, preparation and briefing; ground operations, in-flight control, crew resource management and mission execution; mission debriefing and documentation accuracy. Determines progress and proficiency levels; provides re-qualification evaluations and directs/provides specialized remedial or additional training as necessary. Evaluates formal training directives, and develops course changes, new material, new training systems and methods.
(3) Projects unit training requirements. Prepares required training records. Utilizes available training aids to instruct airplane aerodynamics, aircraft systems, emergency procedures, Ability to Survive and Operate (ATSO), and specific crew duties. Ensures that all applicable directives, instructions, and technical orders applicable to the aircraft and mission are complied with. Reviews, analyzes, and disseminates accident reports, flying safety publications, and special interest items. Determines additional aircrew training requirements to advance aircrew proficiency while striving to attain a zero accident rate.
(4) Maintains a thorough knowledge of airplane systems and procedures under normal, instrument, and emergency conditions to give timely and accurate instruction to aircrews in the air or on the ground. Flight training will be conducted in both day and night missions, in visual and instrument conditions and with and without night vision devices.
(5) Briefs and instructs preflight preparations including: intelligence briefings, mission planning, weather factors, mission objectives, and other agency coordination to ensure safe flight procedures and effective mission accomplishment. Conducts comprehensive debrief of mission (to include video tape review and digital flight debriefing media) to ensure that the desired learning objectives were achieved and training rules were followed. Monitors physical capability, mental attitudes and individual problems of aircrew that can adversely affect flying performance.
(6) Serves as the Air Commander's representative when performing duties as: Operations Supervisor (SUP), Supervisor of Flying (SOF), or Stand-by Duty Officer (SDO); and is responsible for the safe and efficient mission accomplishment of the unit through the use of an Operational Risk Management (ORM) program. The SUP/SOF has the authority to cancel flying activities, divert aircraft, dictate mission requirements, approve specific activities, coordinate for airport or airspace utilization with FAA, and direct emergency actions involving UE airplanes.
(7) Incumbents of these positions are subject to rotation to perform administrative tasks in any of the following Air Operations program support functional areas:
Standardization/Evaluation: Plans, organizes, and directs the Standardization/ Evaluation function. Prepares and administers written ground examinations, emergency procedures evaluations and conducts flight evaluations for all subjects and duties relevant to aircraft operations to certify flying proficiency/new qualifications. Conducts scheduled and unscheduled evaluations of other flight examiners, flight instructors, and aircrews. Establishes performance standards for flying proficiency and competency in accordance with USAF, ANG, and command directives. Reviews flight publications and directives for accuracy and currency. Analyzes performance discrepancies and identifies trends, recommends corrective action to higher authorities.
Weapons and Tactics: Trains and evaluates proficiency and competency of aircrews in weapons and tactics. Works in conjunction with the Intelligence functional area to prepare for and conduct academic training in weapons and tactics, prepares scenarios utilizing improved tactics for aircrew upgrade and continuation training. Tests new tactics and weapons delivery procedures and makes refinements. Reviews, defines, and updates current threats and countermeasures. Briefs / instructs aircrews on existing or anticipated threat's and countermeasures. Responsible for the mission planning function and manages the System Support Representative (SSR).
Training: Designs and coordinates comprehensive training plans and scenarios to provide realistic technical aircrew training. Adopts and implements policy to ensure accomplishment of all required training. Establishes training goals and objectives for tactics, weapons system employment, instrument flights and general needs, in order to provide uninterrupted progress. Analyzes post- mission debriefing and critiques to ensure accomplishment of assigned training events. Plans, coordinates, and manages unit upgrade programs for new mission capability requirements. Schedules and coordinates formal schools, simulator training, and ground and ancillary training.
Scheduling: Plans, develops, and implements the unit flying schedule and flying hour program using inputs from within the Air Operations and Logistics Divisions. Coordinates the operational requirements with the, MAJCOM, FAA, USDAO, civil and international Fixed Base Operations (FBO), Diplomatic Clearance requirements, Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC), and other wing and outside agencies. Ensures availability of resources when coordinating use of assigned and non-assigned assets to establish unit mission requirements.
Plans: Develops unit deliberate planning for implementation of wartime, base and national tasking. Maintains detailed wartime and peacetime contingency plans and supplements for unit mobility, deployment, strange field operations/ employment, and redeployment of the unit. Coordinates with the gaining command, NGB, and appropriate theater headquarters.
Command and Control: Plans, organizes and directs the Command and Control function. Ensures successful training/operation of the Crisis Action Team (CAT). Provides liaison between the CAT, wing control centers, State Headquarters, NGB, MAJCOM command and control facilities, and other agencies. Assists the Air Operations Officer in matters pertaining to command and control and develops schedules to exercise command post disaster preparedness, security, and mobility functions. Monitors the Status Of Resources and Training System (SORTS) for all base reporting units. Schedules, implements, and manages 24 hour operations during actual contingency and/or emergency response events.
Safety: Plans, organizes and administers unit flying, explosive, and ground safety programs in accordance with Air Force, ANG and OSHA directives, and applicable technical publications. Reviews and analyzes directives regulations, accident reports, safety data and local operating conditions to determine requirements for safety programs. Inspects facilities and flying operations and coordinates with appropriate agencies to ensure compliance with all applicable safety regulations and programs. Investigates accidents/incidents, determines human causes, and recommends corrective action. Coordinates with all supervisors and staff personnel concerning safety standards within individual functional areas. Performs technical analyses of safety data and recommends procedures and guidelines to ensure safe operations of all units flying and ground activities. Advises Air Commander on status of units safety programs. The source of first level supervision is the Air Mission Commander.
(8) Performs other duties as assigned.