58th SOW and the Continuum of Learning
By Staff Sgt. J.D. Strong II, 377th Air Base Wing
/ Published May 08, 2018
KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- Headquarters Air Education and Training Command force development expert Masoud Rasti visited the 58th Special Operations Wing on Kirtland Air Force Base, April 24, to discuss the implementation of the Air Force’s newest training paradigm, the Continuum of Learning.
The Continuum of Learning initiative is a shift to better focus how Airmen learn by integrating education, training and experience in ways that allow them to learn anytime and anywhere throughout their careers. The end goal is to create a culture of lifelong learning.
Rasti briefed the 58th SOW senior leaders about the CoL and how it will provide all Airmen with an evolving system of learning that is adaptable and agile to ensure joint warfighting Airmen are ready for tomorrow’s complex warfighting environments.
“How we conducted training 30 years ago simply isn’t the way to be most effective today,” said Rasti. “Our adversaries have the same teaching technology that we do but how we apply the principle of training will allow us to become more agile.”
Rasti also discussed one of the five CoL’s initiatives, the Airman’s Learning Record. The ALR is a consolidation of an Airman’s entire training background in one online system and will be ready for launch in the upcoming months.
The 58th SOW senior leaders briefed Rasti about their current training missions and how they are implementing new innovative training techniques to better their Airmen's ability to learn their duties and increase their work performances.
“Transforming our current pipeline production training system into a more modern, learner-centric model, is exactly what we need to make our Airmen that much better,” said Col. Douglas Horne, 58th Special Operations Wing Vice Commander. “This training redesign is intended to give Airmen more flexibility in reaching their learning goals, which ultimately will help the Air Force increase mission effectiveness.”
Upon completion of the briefings, Rasti toured the 58th SOW, seeing some of its Airmen, aircraft and assets.
The tour concluded with a visit to the Monster Garage. The Monster Garage houses trainers and simulators, created from decommissioned aircraft that allow students to train on flight tasks while on the ground, saving the Air Force millions of dollars.
To learn more about the Continuum of Learning, visit www.aetc.af.mil/continuum-of-learning.