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    4th MAW in search of qualified flight instructors



    Story by Lance Cpl. Zaid Dannsa 

    Marine Forces Reserve

    NEW ORLEANS – The 4th MAW Marine Corps Reserve Flight Instructor Program Selection Board is aimed at employing the most qualified Reserve or active duty naval aviators and naval flight officers as flight instructors.

    Marine Administrative Message 231/11 announced instructions for becoming a 4th Marine Aircraft Wing flight instructor, April 12.

    “A flight instructor is the subject matter expert on that particular aircraft, and that’s why we want to make sure that these pilots who desire to fill these billets have at least a thousand flight hours with a very strong background and leadership experience because they’re going to be teaching these new pilots that are basically right out of flight school,” said Sgt. Maj. Paul K. Anderson, 4th MAW.

    Other eligibility requirements include having no more than 17 satisfactory years’ credit toward a Reserve retirement and less than two years time in grade as a lieutenant colonel.

    Those wishing to apply must have also completed Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization, or other service equivalent evaluation flight, in a military aircraft within the last five years.

    “We need to ensure that our efforts are always in line with the total force requirements,” said Col. David Pohlman, assistant chief of staff, 4th MAW Plans.

    Applicants must submit a completed application via chain of command to 4th Marine Aviation Training Support Group, Pensacola, Fla., with a current official photo and a current official copy of their Official Military Personnel File. Those not currently assigned to a flying billet must include an endorsement from the commanding officer of their last flying assignment.

    The board is scheduled to convene on or around May 11 and the deadline for applications is May 6.

    The selected officers will serve at their follow-on assigned training squadron for three years. Pohlman described his time as an instructor at Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 101 as a great moment in his career.

    “It was a great time for me,” he said. “I flew a lot. When you see the same mistakes over and over again, you change your instruction techniques to try to turn around some of that.”

    As a flight instructor, Marines will have the ability to influence the future of Marine aviation, added Anderson.

    “You’re taking all of the skills that you’ve learned and the experience that you’ve owned over many years of flight, and you’re able to give that to a young student and positively influence the young men and women that are coming to you,” he said.
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    Date Taken: 04.20.2011
    Date Posted: 04.20.2011 13:27
    Story ID: 69041
    Location: NEW ORLEANS, LA, US 

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