It stands to reason that Airfield Management Specialists play a vitally important role in the Air Force. These airmen make sure all aircraft can take off and land safely, keeping runways clear and making sure pilots have the information they need.
These airmen get to know their airfields well, and are trained to prepare for aircraft takeoffs and landings often on very short notice, and sometimes under adverse conditions.
This job is categorized as Air Force Specialty Code (AFSC) 1C7X1.
Duties of Airfield Management Specialists
These airmen oversee the safe operation of Air Force aircraft through the national and international airspace systems. This includes maintaining and producing flight plans, aeronautical charts and maps, Notice to Airmen (NOTAM), local airfield and navigational aid status, and weather information.
Their duties also include inspecting airfields, planning and coordinating airfield construction projects, and ensuring a safe operating environment for personnel and aircraft operation. In addition, they coordinate with agencies such as air traffic control, civil engineers, and command posts to ensure support of airfield management activities.
Qualifying for AFSC 1C7X1
If you're interested in this Air Force job, here are a few things you'll need to be familiar with:
- International Civil Aviation Organization
- U.S. federal and military air regulation
- Aeronautical charts, maps, and publications
- Flight data and NOTAM systems
- Familiarity with navigational aids
- Basic aircraft design characteristics
- Fundamentals of meteorology
To be eligible for an airfield management role, you'll need a composite score of at least 41 in the administration (A) section of the Air Force Qualifying Area of the Armed Services Vocational Battery (ASVAB) tests.
As with most Air Force jobs, normal color vision (no colorblindness) is required. You also have to be qualified to operate a government vehicle.
In addition, personnel in this role have to be eligible for a secret security clearance from the Department of Defense. This involves a background check of your character and finances. A criminal record that includes drug offenses, or a history of alcohol abuse may disqualify you from this clearance.
Airmen working in airfield management must be U.S. citizens.
Training for AFSC 1C7X1
Like all recruits, first, you'll spend 7.5 weeks in basic training, also known as boot camp, followed by Airmen's Week.
Next is technical school, which for this job means 56 days at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi.
Your training will involve the completion of a basic airfield management course and an advanced airfield management course. You'll gain experience in-flight data processing, NOTAM processing, emergency response actions and maintaining flight information data and supportive displays.
Your technical school training will also provide experience performing or supervising functions such as airfield inspections, coordination of airfield construction or repairs, processing airfield waivers, or conducting airfield surveys of non-Department of Defense airfields for use of Air Force aircraft.
And airmen in this job will receive experience managing functions such as airfield management activities, preparing or reviewing policies and directives for airfield management or ensuring coordination with agencies to improve airfield management functions.