ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. —
The 53rd Air Traffic Control Squadron recently put the skills of 3-level Airmen who are fresh out of technical school to the test at its Airfield Learning Center Training Capstone Event.
The event unfolded at the south training area, west of Building 1364, at the squadron’s compound, Sept. 21-25.
Master Sgt. Clay Colvin, 53rd ATCS flight chief, said instead of assigning the new Airmen to a workcenter to get on-the-job training and task certified, the capstone enables the unit to get newcomers ready to deploy for the mission sooner.
“At the capstone, the Airmen showcase what they have learned, by setting up equipment and tents and live out in the field,” he said. “It’s, in a way, the graduation event.”
Master Sgt. Stephen Adams, 53rd ATCS Airfield Learning Center section chief, who served in this role for nearly a year, said the capstone is a great way to test the new Airmen’s skills.
From preparing and packing air traffic control and landing systems, support equipment and gear to unpacking and setting up a simulated airfield within a few hours, Adams said the Airmen were able to operate out of the location and demonstrate the ability to maintain and troubleshoot equipment while sustaining their camp.
“The capstone event is unique in that it is solely planned, prepared and executed by the 3 – Level Airmen in the course,” he said. “A normal 53rd ATCS exercise will involve personnel from all ranks and skill levels. This provides the opportunity