HomeNewsArticle Display

Special Instruments Training teaches deterrent techniques

U.S. Air Force Airman Connor Spencer, 312th Training Squadron Special Instruments Training course student, surveys his mathematical materials, inside the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 19, 2020. Spencer brushed up on his linear equations since it was his third day in the classroom after graduating from Basic Military Training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

Airman Connor Spencer, 312th Training Squadron Special Instruments Training course student, surveys mathematical materials inside the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy on Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, Aug. 19, 2020. Spencer reviewed linear equations on his third day in the classroom. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Abbey Rieves)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) --

Clean-cut hairlines and tight hair buns fill a classroom.

 

Electricity sparks from the Tesla coil like lightning remorselessly striking the Earth. Laboratory apparatuses of all sorts line the shelves, hinting at the hidden mysteries of science.

 

Curiosity glows in the students’ eyes like embers exposed to kindling as they watch the Special Instruments Training course demonstration.

 

The 312th Training Squadron instructors delicately prod into their students’ innovation and creativity, training them to think outside the box and into the realm of science. 

 

“One of the things our schoolhouse teaches is the necessary skills to innovate, operate, and maintain the U.S.’s primary nuclear weapons detonation and proliferation detection systems,” said Tech. Sgt. David Hunt, 312th TRS course instructor. “Which is a fancy way of saying that we are highly trained technicians who specialize in detecting radioactive events around the world.”

 

Many of these classroom skills include: abilities to locate the enemy, report to the appropriate people, and neutralize the threat.

 

“Furthermore, through our seismic detection system, the students learn to be constantly prepared, making decisions regarding our enemies’ capabilities,” said Tech. Sgt. Dillon Gibbs, 312th TRS SPINSTRA course instructor supervisor. “This allows senior leadership to make decisions in real-time.”

 

Instructors are trained to harvest their students’ untouched ingenuity, like a spile tapping a maple tree for syrup.

 

“We don’t only teach the students the things they need to know in order to do their job as 9S100s (scientific applications specialist), we teach them lifelong learning skills,” Gibbs said. “Through our Nova Lab, we strive to get the students interested in learning new and innovative ways to solve problems, which the students can apply in their lives both on and off duty.”

 

Following Air Education and Training Command priorities, SPINSTRA constructs a ready, resilient and rapidly innovative Air Force, just like their students assemble a hovercraft from spare parts tucked away in the Nova Lab.

 

“We are some of the primary innovators in AETC. If there is a technology or method out there that can help students learn, we have probably tried it, collected data, and innovated a solution,” Hunt said. “In the entire course, we have zero PowerPoint slides, instead we discuss and engage. This attitude has allowed us to be lead innovators in the education sector for the Air Force.”

 

In addition to supporting AETC’s mission, the core mission of “SPINSTRuctors” is to develop Airmen for the operational Air Force in competencies such as, electronic principles, applied sciences, computer and network fundamentals, phenomenology, and Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance fundamentals.

 

Col. Angelina Maguinness, 17th Training Group commander, is constantly impressed by scientific applications specialists. 

 

“I was lucky enough to lead a large group of these superstars as a squadron commander,” Maguinness said. “I saw their outside-the-box problem-solving approach day in and out. It’s no different here in the training environment. Our SPINSTRuctors nurture their students’ innate curiosity and channel it towards the skills they’ll need to solve the Air Force and, for that matter, joint-force problems. These are truly amazing Airmen!”

 

Additional specialized training may also include: geophysical, radiochemical, radio frequency, fixed airborne collection platforms and nuclear deterrence techniques.

 

“With near-peer adversaries destabilizing due to their pursuit of nuclear weapons, the students learn deterrent techniques,” Gibbs said. “We also train our students how to utilize tools, which can track intercontinental ballistic missiles and other large missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons, through multiple satellite platforms.”

 

Leading by example, SPINSTRA instructors cultivate an environment of excellence.

 

“The goal of every instructor is to be a role model for the students to strive to be,” Gibbs said. “We SPINSTRuctors show the students that making mistakes during training is okay, so long as they strive for excellence in any task, that is excellence in all we do.”

 

Engage

Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Everyone wants to make their mark on the world. But why make just one? https://t.co/g1iX4pzU9b
Twitter
10 years have passed since #DontAskDontTell was repealed. @UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones celebrated the milestone by… https://t.co/i1kTNvykzM
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: It’s going to take all of our Airmen, Active-duty, Reserve and Guard to secure this nation’s future. https://t.co/4P3CUiQ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: A few years ago, only two small businesses joined us at AFA--this year we have 40+. @AFWERX works with these companies ever…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF is meeting with defense industry leaders today during the @AirForceAssoc’s #ASC21 events. In his #OneTeamOneFigh
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our rate of change needs to increase. We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of to…
Twitter
.@AETCommand is working to remove barriers in the pilot candidate selection process. Learn more about the changes… https://t.co/ANcqVRdsNz
Twitter
.@UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones spoke on the anniversary of DADT... https://t.co/zZYqHOTp8V
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: "We are in a national, strategic, long-term contest with a formidable adversary and what you do every day is important t…
Twitter
"We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of tomorrow. Because the return to s… https://t.co/yeYvmOaOos
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our collaboration with industry is integral to ensuring we are able to compete, deter and win tomorrow against peer adver…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Impossible ends with you. https://t.co/e6ebHtvBDg
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall addressed the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference earlier today: "I intend to be relentless in…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall just finished addressing the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. The topics he spoke on includ…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,377,209
Follow Us