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Teaching airmen over the airwaves

January 14, 2010 - 0 Comments

The TANDBERG team is currently in San Antonio, Texas, attending the Air Force Air Education and Training Command Symposium at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Hosted by the Air Education Training Command (AETC), the symposium serves to educate senior leadership and airmen on the innovations, technologies and techniques available for training today’s Air Force. This is instrumental in the AETC’s mission of recruiting, training and educating all Air Force personnel worldwide.

In our conversations with some of the over 4,000 airmen and leaders in attendance, we continue to hear one major challenge facing the AETC today. With Air University, the Air Force Institute of Technology and the Air Force Academy all falling under the AETC’s umbrella, and a worldwide network of deployed airmen, officers and decision-makers, how can they bring the courses and training necessary to all of them in a more effective and efficient way?

In fact, with only a handful of expert instructors to serve thousands of potential students distributed across the globe, the cost of bringing students and instructors together was one of the single largest expenditures in the AETC’s budget.

This is why video teleconferencing (VTC) is becoming increasingly important to the AETC, and to professional development across government agencies and organizations today. By utilizing VTC solutions, the AETC can deliver the best knowledge and expertise to airmen, regardless of where they are.

This brings real-time, interactive training and educational content right to the student, significantly reducing the cost of mentoring and educating airmen in the field by taking away the need for travel. VTC also makes the most knowledgeable instructors more effective by expanding their reach and allowing them to mentor airmen thousands of miles away as if they were in the same room.

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. Without proper training, mentoring and instruction, there’s no way that our nation’s airmen could remain the best in an increasingly dangerous world. By delivering instruction and educational content via video, the AETC is breaking down the walls between the most knowledgeable instructors and airmen around the world and empowering a new way of teaching.

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