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Air Force gives information officers their own school

The Air Force is rolling out two new personnel initiatives aimed at better training and preparing airmen in the future.

Last week, the service announced the creation of an information operations technical training school, which is expected to open in 2019.

Information operations focus on electronic warfare, computer network operations and other high demand skills the Air Force is currently focusing on.

“Information Operations is not new to the Air Force,” said Col. Ziggy Schoepf, 14F career field manager in a March 5 press release. “However, this is the first time that the Air Force has codified this capability in a dedicated officer career field. With the creation of the career field and a dedicated schoolhouse, the Air Force is acknowledging the importance of Information Operations to the future of warfare.”

Before the Air Force had a designated specialty code for information officers, the service had trouble retaining airmen in those positions because they had to return to their previously assigned jobs after finishing their service as information officers.

The specialty code enabled the Air Force to standardize education and training for information officers,…

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