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HILLTOP TIMES TIMES April 3, 2008 Two new warf ighter education courses available BY LT. COL. MARY C. MCCARTHY Air Force Doctrine Development and Education Center M AXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. — The commander of Air University has launched a major initiative aimed at enhancing the professional development of the Air Force warfighter. Lt. Gen. Stephen Lorenz recently released the first two courses of the Warfighter Developmental Education program. WDE is a Web-based educational program consisting of five doctrinebased warfighter education courses spanning an airman's career. The first course, The Airmen's Perspective, is important to any airman who wishes to fully understand the fundamental and critical principles underpinning air, space and cyberspace warfare. The Airman's Perspective is designed to be applicable to officers prior to attending the Air and Space Basic Course. This BABY From page 1 cause he is so small.'" While she was on the phone with 9-1-1, Melin had her 9-yearold son, Blythe, calling several people to try to get them over to the house. "My mom told me to call the child care office and tell them to get here now, that (Risati) wasn't looking good," Blythe said. "The whole thing was kinda scary." After he got off the phone with the child care office, Blythe made phone calls to his father and Risati's mother, Staff Sgt. Amanda Siaosi, 75th Mission Support Squadron, to make sure they were on their way to the Melins' house. "I was so terrified when I got called, but deep down in my first course introduces Air Force Doctrine Document 1, Air Force Basic Doctrine, and has four lessons: Integrated Air, Space and Cyberspace Power; Foundations of Air, Space and Cyberspace Power; Principles of War; and Tenets of Air, Space and Cyberspace Power. The second course, Foundations of Warfighting, provides to any airman involved in the employment of Air Force forces a foundational understanding of employing air, space and cyberspace power from homeland to expeditionary operations. This course is intended for officers prior to attending Squadron Officer School. The lessons examine fundamental concepts essential to successful operations and provide an understanding of the crucial elements of air, space and cyberspace power capabilities. Additionally, the course addresses significant issues that impact the success of Air Force operations. Lessons in this course include: Airman's Perspective, Total Force, Presentation of Forces, Command and Control of Air and Space Forces, and Operational Functions of Air and Space Power. Some of the lessons across the five courses have the same topic areas; however, they differ in levels of learning and in the depth and breadth of material that is relevant to the context of a given career point. All of the other courses, focusing where appropriate at the service, joint, DOD and national level, contain such topic areas as The Airman's Perspective, Expeditionary Operations, Air Operations Center Operations, Total Force and Theater Operations. The courseware is globally accessible on the Web to all airmen and at the same time. The WDE courses are independent from professional military education curricula, yet are intended to allow the PME schools to leverage the materials presented within WDE. The ability to "reach-forward" and "reach-back" to access the courses as a 7 am just grateful she was here at the time my boy needed her. I'm truly indebted to her because she saved my son." Staff Sgt AMANDA SIAOSI, 75th Mission Support Squadron and the baby's mom gut I knew he was fine because (Mrs. Melin) does so well with other children and she has a lot of training," said Siaosi. "I am just grateful she was here at the time my boy needed her. I'm truly indebted to her because she saved my son." After emergency personnel arrived, it was discovered mucus had built up and was responsible for hindering Risati's breathing. If emergency services hadn't arrived on scene in a quick manner, Melin would have been able to administer CPR to the infant. She, like all other family care providers, had to go through very specific training before she was authorized to watch children. Stephanie Hum, Hill's FCC coordinator, said providers must complete 30 hours of training before being able to watch children at their homes. This training includes everything a provider needs to keep children safe, from how to conduct a proper fire drill to receiving CPR certification. Every year after that, providers are required to take 24 more hours of train- whole, or individual lessons within, provides all airmen from lieutenant to general officer a resource to complement both current and future assignments. The courses are vital elements of a deliberate force development program to build operational competence and strategic vision. In developing warfighter expertise, airmen will be better prepared to lead air and space forces as part of the joint effort. The most valuable airman in any joint environment is the one who clearly and expertly articulates air, space and cyberspace power and what it can bring to the joint fight. Plans call for the other three courses to be completed by mid2008. Personnel who do not have access to .mil sites can link to the WDE courseware at AU Online. For more information, contact Roger Philipsek at the Air Force Doctrine Development and Education Center, DSN 493-3904 or (334) 953-3904. ing. Once they begin watching kids, Hum conducts a no-notice inspection on every provider, then goes back a week later to talk to them during the kids nap time to talk about what she saw and how the provider can improve. The U.S. Department of Agriculture performs inspections once every quarter to ensure children are receiving proper nutrition. Another important aspect of the FCC coordinator's job is knowing where all the children being watched by providers are at any given time. She requires that anytime providers are leaving their properties, that they inform her by phone or e-mail, even if it's to just go for a quick five-minute walk. "Some people have a misconception that having their kids watched by family care providers isn't as good as placing them in the child development center," Hum said. "This just isn't true. In fact, in some ways it's better. For instance, providers can only watch up to six children at any time, with only two being less than 2-years old. This means that each child receives a lot more individual attention." 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