Airfield Operations Officer

The management of our runways is as important as managing the people who run them. Airfield Operations Officers do both and also work as a liaison with anyone who needs to access the airfield for any reason. Their duties include ensuring the safe takeoff and landing of aircraft, maintaining navigational aids, performing inspections and communicating with air traffic control.

Relevant Interests and Skills

  • Operations Administration
  • Engineering Applied Science
  • Facilities
  • Natural Science

Career Tasks

  1. Perform and lead airfield operations functions of air traffic control and airspace management.
  2. Advise commanders on the effective use of airfield operations assets.
  3. Provide staff leadership, supervision and technical assistance.
  4. Develop and implement plans, policies and programs for executing Air Force airfield operations activities.

Service Commitment A Duty and an Honor

After completing all Air Force ROTC and academic degree requirements, cadets accept a commission as second lieutenants in the Air Force or Space Force, appointed by the President of the United States. The length of your initial service commitment depends on your career. Most officers have a four-year, active-duty service commitment. Pilots have a 10-year, active-duty service commitment, and both Combat System Officers and Air Battle Managers have a six-year service commitment upon completion of their respective training. Nursing graduates accept a commission in the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve four years on active duty after completing their licensing examination.

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