HILL AIR FORCE BASE – Hill Air Force Base is taking proactive measures to ensure their forces are ready for the great power competition as the Air Force transitions to a new deployment model called Air Force Force Generation.
One such measure is the implementation of the Ready Airman Training program, and the first iteration of RAT took place at Hill AFB from Oct. 23-26.
The RAT program is designed to overcome the shortfalls of previous deployment training that was accomplished on an as-needed basis once an individual had been tasked with a deployment.
Now, across an 18-month RAT cycle, Airmen will receive tailored training to help ensures their skillsets are retained and individuals are prepared for contingencies in both home station and deployed environments.
“The Ready Airmen Training program is designed to train Airmen in combat-based skills so that they can be ready for deployment taskings at any time,” said Tech. Sgt. Emily Richards, 75th Air Base Wing Chapel and one of the RAT program leads for the wing. “The program is also an essential step towards ensuring that Airmen are prepared for worldwide operational requirements.”
Chief Master Sgt. Vernon Jackson, 75th ABW command chief, said that RAT is an essential component of the new AFFORGEN model for how the Air Force now deploys to present capabilities to Joint Force Commanders.
“The new AFFORGEN model requires every Airman to develop a multi-capable Airman mindset focused on how they provide a capability, not just a specific functionality,” Jackson said. “The RAT program is an essential component of this change in how we organize, train and fight, making the force more agile, lethal and survivable to operate in a contested environment.”
The first iteration of RAT at Hill AFB culminated with a daylong field training exercise. Classroom and hands-on training throughout the week focused on tactical combat casualty care, weapons familiarization, integrated defense, and other critical skills.
The next iteration of RAT is scheduled to take place in the coming weeks, and the program’s organizers will seek feedback from the field on how to improve it.
“We look forward to building on the success of this first iteration of the Ready Airmen Training program and look forward to seeing its continued impact on our mission readiness as we move forward,” Richards said.