Studying and interpretation of images is the job of the enlisted Air Force image Analyst. The Air force used its aircraft to gain information, photo information and other data on other forces and military groups. Much of the images now being taken are digital and displayed on computers, so any knowledge or aptitude in computers is helpful. You will be trained on different optical images as well as digital, infrared, radar, and other spectrum images. Images are taken, and have to be sent back digitally or brought back physically on film to be identified, and processed. The use of computers is making the analysis of digital images easier and swifter, but the basics in theory and knowledge still must be trained in the human observer.
Lot’s Of Work! Not For Everyone!
You will also be taught in the field in training using current real time imaging. The field of image analysis is a challenging field, and one for a person who is skilled with computers. The job of the Air Force Imagery Apprentice is to deal with these types of images. You will be involved in analyzing, identifying, and reporting on objects and targets that are to be found in the images. You may be involved in military intelligence and databases at the local, theater, and even national levels. The advent of digitalization is currently revolutionizing the whole field, so the training you may receive today may have to be updated several times during your career.
These issues and a number of others are the ones being taught to the Air Force Image Analysis Apprentice. Much of the new processes in digital images are being perfected and stored in digital format, and the ability for accurate and trained interpretation is a must. An aptitude in math and science, as well as a willingness to work with detailed information is required. If you are looking for a challenge, and enjoy working with data and numbers, you may be just the person for this job field. You will be tasked to assist aircrews and reconnaissance crew to recover, plan and interpret different images from a variety of aircraft. Images must be studied for Battle Damage Assessment (BDA) lines of communication (LOC) and other features such as order of battle, helicopter landing zones, target identification, image interpretation reports, and coastal beach landing areas.
You will attend Air Force Technical School and be instructed on state of the art equipment, by instructors in the classroom in formal training. You can get images from aircraft such as SR-71?s, F-18?s, C-130?s, F-14?s, U-2, and various unmanned aerial vehicles.
LTC Daniel Winarski (Ret) says
I am a retired LTC (U.S. Army Reserves) who works at IBM, Tucson, AZ. Our project would facilitate the storage and cross-correlation of military images, including video. Is it possible for someone to contact me in case you might be interested in learning more? Please forgive me for using what is obviously a “recruiting” tool to introduce myself to you.
Christopher Hutton says
Hey LTC Winarski,
I’m a recent graduate of International Relations at American University and to say the least I’m finding it pretty difficult to find a job in the IR field. I was wondering, not to ask a dumb question, but do officers also do this. Or are the enlisted guys the doers while the officers manage. Well, I think I would be interested in this field and am thinking about a career as an Ar Force Officer. Do you think that even though my back ground is in IR that I could train for this field?
David Toner says
Is this the Dan Winarski that was on the Kitty Hawk in 1964? I ask because this is some kind of strange coincidence to have a Winarski in naval intelligence and one also in Air Force intelligence!! Heavy 13 is having a reunion in Branson on Oct 5-8….be there!……..Dave