The Air Force Airfield Specialist position is a often overlooked but vital position that supports all the aviation missions of the US Air Force. It is a position that makes sure that airfields are maintained at US Air Force facilities around the world. The Air Force Airfield Apprentice is the primary response person for ground emergencies and various in flight issues. It is a rating that maintains airfields around the world. You will work to be the person that is directly responsible to make sure that the condition of the Airfield is up to specifications.
You will be trained how to use mechanical and electronic equipment to monitor airfield conditions, including the effects of ice, snow, rain and other factors, to help determine if aircraft can safely use the airfield. The United States Air Force maintains its own crew of Airfield Specialists. This is the Air Force position that makes sure that the airfield is free from debris, and in good condition for aircraft to land and taxi, and take off. You will use ground to ground and ground to air radios to communicate airfield conditions and find out flight plans and conditions from aircrews in flight or on the ground. You will be responsible to remove wildlife and birds on or near the airfield using Oryotechnics. Your training as an Air Force Airfield Apprentice will train you to inspect aprons, taxiways, and runways on airfields around the world, and how to manage, operate and monitor airfield conditions. The combined duties of Airfield Management Apprentices include maintaining airfield navigational aids such as visible windsocks, airfield diagrams, and other flight planning displays for use by aircrews operating out of your airfield. At times multiple shift work is required to help insure flying and mission readiness. You may also be trained and equipped with bio acoustical sound devices designed to do the same thing, scare wildlife away. You will learn how to deal with such issues as airfield construction while still keeping an Airfield open for aviation traffic. You will be required to drive a vehicle, usually a truck or SUV on the airfield to regularly inspect the conditions and to monitor the effects of weather, and other environmental factors and how it affects airfield quality.
Your duties will include checking weather and weather notices, inspecting flight plans and transmitting them to Air Traffic Control Centers, and communicating with Air Traffic Control using radio, telephone or computer equipment.