First Term Airmen's Center helps with transition into Air Force

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  • By Airman 1st Class Michael Williams
  • Det. 8, Air Force News Agency
Training and professional development is a high priority, beginning for young Airmen at Basic Military Training, tech school and continues at the first duty station training at the First Term Airmen's Center.

FTAC is a two-week program that plays an important role in transitioning Airmen from a training environment to their first duty station. 

The center reinforces, "professional development as well as helps orient Airmen to their new base. While in FTAC Airmen also knock out some of the mandatory training they need," said Staff Sgt. Julia Andujar of the Aviano FTAC. 

While in FTAC Airmen also devote time doing base details. Base beautification, escort duty, and working in the post office are just a few ways first-term Airmen help out when they are new on base.

FTAC leaders must be senior airman or above who have graduated from Airman Leadership School. Sergeant Andujar said FTAC leaders are an important contact for first-term Airmen, "because some Airmen are still intimidated from basic training and tech school so they may not feel as comfortable talking to their supervisors right away."

Overall, the First Term Airmen's Center serves as a one-stop shop for Airmen to serve and learn about their new base. 

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