Enlisted members interested in attaché duty must apply by June 2

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  • By Debbie Gildea
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Active-duty staff through senior master sergeants interested in attaché duty can apply for assignment opportunities with international affairs teams around the world, but those interested must submit their applications by June 2 to be considered, Air Force officials announced April 30.

The office of the secretary of the Air Force, international affairs, is accepting applications for enlisted defense attaché specialists at 17 locations, with tour lengths ranging from 12 to 36 months, said Jim Yarbrough, the Air Force attaché program chief.

Enlisted attaché support positions include operations coordinator and operations NCO. Duties include managing logistics and administrative support, executing budget requirements, working various clearances, supervising foreign national staff and direct support for distinguished guest visits, Yarbrough said.

"Attaché personnel represent the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force to the host nation government officials, and are charged with developing and maintaining harmonious and cooperative relationships between the U.S. Air Force and the host nation air force," Yarbrough said. "They must be self-starters who are flexible, persuasive and persistent."

Applicants and all immediate family members must be U.S. citizens. In addition, member and all accompanying family members' health, educational and special needs must be medically cleared.

"Selection for enlisted attaché duty is very competitive," Yarbrough said. "Their role and impact are critical to multinational working relationships, so only exceptional NCOs will be considered."

Air Force Personnel Center representatives will contact Airmen selected for further screening. Applications from Airmen who are not selected this cycle will be retained through the end of the cycle in the event a primary selectee is unable to fulfill the requirement.

For more information, including eligibility criteria and application procedures, go to myPers, select "search all components" from the drop down window, and enter "27542" in the search window. In addition, information and application documents are available on the Air Force Portal. Go to https://my.af.mil and enter "attaché program" in the search window.