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    Satellite Non-Commissioned Officer Academy training returns to Vermont



    Story by Staff Sgt. Victoria Greenia 

    158th Fighter Wing

    SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. - The Vermont Air National
    Guard recently completed the first phase of the Satellite
    Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) course.

    The course was offered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings
    for 12 weeks, senior NCO hopefuls have been attending
    classes held here at the Vermont Air Guard base.

    “Having a majority of the course held at the home base is
    ideal for people who can’t just leave their job to get NCO
    training,” said Senior Master Sgt. Cynthia Fitzgerald,
    Lead Site Facilitator at the VTANG.

    An added benefit, she noted, is that it puts many people
    in a school mind-set. This is becoming more important with
    the possible onset of a Community College of the Air Force
    requirement for promotion. The additional college classes
    that may be required can seem less daunting after completing
    this course; it allows them to see that they can be
    successful working full time and taking a class.

    The course is broadcast across the country to Air National
    Guard Bases that are participating in the satellite course.

    The course is delivered through the Air National Guard’s
    TEC TV. TEC TV provides high-definition broadcasts for
    virtual conferences, meetings and workshops. Student’s
    interaction with instructors and classmates is facilitated
    through microphones and virtual blackboards to communicate
    with their peers.

    The final two and a half weeks of the course are spent
    in-house at McGhee Tyson Air Force Base’s Non-Commissioned
    Officer Academy. The curriculum offered during the
    in-residence training focuses on public speaking, writing,
    dress and appearance, physical training, drill and ceremony
    and upon completion full residence credit is granted.

    This course was briefly curtailed due to the three-week
    furlough that restricted military courses this fall, as a result
    of this a 104-hour course was compressed into an 80-hour
    course and VTANG airmen had intense nights in order to
    meet the course’s gates and benchmarks.

    “The test for the non-commissioned officer academy
    course has changed,” Senior Master Sgt.Cynthia
    Fitzgerald, lead site facilitator at the VTANG, said. “It’s
    no longer a knowledge-based test. It’s not just regurgitating
    information; it’s applying the principles covered in the

    Case studies and vignettes provided in the course material
    encourage potential senior NCOs to a process to identify,
    differentiate, determine and predict issues to work through
    problems. Analyzing these scenarios can be difficult, Fitzgerald

    The base education and training office intends to schedule
    the NCOA once a year in the fall and Airman Leadership
    School in the spring. Each class needs a minimum of eight
    people and can hold a maximum of 14. Technical sergeants
    and senior airmen interested in a boost to their Air
    Guard career by taking one of these classes can contact
    Senior Master Sgt. Louis Mossey, VTANG force development
    superintendent, for information.



    Date Taken: 12.11.2013
    Date Posted: 04.03.2014 15:37
    Story ID: 124069

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