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Air Force Graduates Finish Multi-Area Warfare Officers, Operational Planning Will Be Embedded At All Levels of PME > Air Force Reserve Command > News Article



The 505th Command and Control Wing graduated from the sixth and final class of Multi-Area Warfare Officers, previously known by the Air Force specialty code “Thirteen Oscar,” in a ceremony broadcast live at Hurlburt FieldFlorida, May 20.


For the eleven students, graduation marks the culmination of a 20-week journey spanning 840 hours of joint intensive courses and 310 hours of complex training exercises, which honed their skills in operational planning.


Reflecting the ever-changing operating environment, no two Thirteen Oscars, or 13O, courses were the same. The five-month training course has evolved with each class to provide cutting-edge training focused on preparing students to lead operational planning efforts from competition to conflict. The main areas of focus of the course included command and control processes for air components, use of the joint air planning process and joint air targeting cycle, exposure to Agile combat employment considerations, development of integrated air and missile defense plans, information operations, non-kinetic operations, and seminars with each joint and functional component.


The Multi-Area Warfare Officer career field was created in 2019 in response to the direction of former Air Force Chief of Staff General Goldfein to develop C2 experts dedicated operational level personnel responsible for integrating joint and coalition capabilities across multiple combat domains. The short-lived career field had impacts across the Air Force, with 151 total force graduates employed at 23 locations, including nine combat command air components, in just under three year. The increased capability that these high quality operational level planners have brought to air components across the world has highlighted to the current CSAF, General CQ Brown, the need to extend this expertise beyond one domain singular career. Due to the desire to increase the planning skills of all Airmen, the USAF decided to move away from the AFSC and toward a strong USAF-wide training partnership between the Air Combat Command and Air Education and Training Command.


“Even though Class 22A graduates did not receive AFSC, they still received exquisite training that will benefit them, the Air Force and other joint services. , as they will be able to lead joint, operational and air planning groups,” Maj. Marvin Ray Arida, 705th Training Squadron Thirteen Oscar course director. “For those returning to tactical or wing-level organizations, their new understanding of how their efforts affect the operational and strategic levels of warfare acts as a force multiplier in itself.”


“The students of Class 22A of Initial Skills Training 13O showed great perseverance and flexibility throughout the execution of the course, and I am very proud of their performance,” said Lt. Col. Eric Farquhar, 705th TRS Thirteen Oscar Course Director. “The level and depth of training these graduates received sets them apart from most of their air component peers. As a result, they are particularly suited for leading planning groups and incorporate a wide range of multi-domain abilities to help solve very complex problems.


The 705th TRS continues to work with joint force, coalition, and total force partners to expand the USAF’s ability to plan and execute air operations for a wide range of missions from humanitarian assistance foreign and disaster relief to major combat operations peer.


“In conversations with air component and functional component commanders across the Air Force, the unique skills and diverse backgrounds of the 13Os we have produced provide critical expertise in complex joint planning environments,” said Lt. Col. Marcus Bryan, 705th TRS commander.


The eleven newly graduated officers will now move forward to fill critical C2 positions in Air Operations Centers, Air Operations Groups, Air Support Squadrons, Training Squadrons and other states. -Air Component Majors of USAF, US Northern Command and US Forces Korea.


In every class there were students whose performance deserved special recognition. The Distinguished Class 22A graduate was Captain Benjamin Durdle; Michigan Air National Guard Capt. Megan Serrano received the Academic Ace Award for the highest academic average in the class.


The Odysseus Leadership Award, based on academic performance and excellence in leadership, follow-through and overall contributions throughout the course, was also awarded to Captain Benjamin Durdle.


“Playing a vital role in defining, building and transitioning the 13O AFSC is a proud lineage for the 505th CCW,” said Col. Adam Shelton, 505th test and training Group Commander. “To meet the ever-increasing demand for airborne components for personnel who can not only plan but also integrate capabilities across all domains, the 505th CCW is assisting in the evolution of professional military training offerings with the AETC/ TO [Air University] while enhancing the C2 Warriors course as a future capstone offering.


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