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Naval Aircrewmen Operator AWO
Naval Aircrewmen Operators (AWO) are members of an integrated tactical crew aboard maritime patrol aircraft and an integrated, tactical and logistics worldwide intelligence network. They produce intelligence products for aircrews in support of operations and tactical missions worldwide, and detect, analyze, classify and track surface and subsurface contacts utilizing state of the art technology. Specifically they operate an advanced sonar system utilizing, sonobouys RADAR, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD), Identification Friend or Foe (IFF/SIF), Infrared Detector (IR). In addition, AWO's perform aircrew duties that support mission planning, classified material handling, and training contributing directly to a squadron's ability to conduct tactical operations worldwide. Other duties specific to this rate include handling ordinance, inspecting acoustic station equipment, and operating the following mission equipment: advanced imaging multi-spectral sensor, radar for safety of flight and a hand-held camera.

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What They Do

• perform aircrew duties that support mission planning, classified material handling, and training

• and handle ordnance, inspect acoustic station equipment

• operate mission equipment such as: advanced imaging multi-spectral sensors, radar for safety of flight, and hand-held cameras

• Aircrew administration, Flight/Ground training

• Joint Special Warfare operations

• contribute directly to operations for the purposes of attaining and maintaining the squadron’s aircrew qualifications and certifications

• demonstrate knowledgeof all aircraft systems, safety procedures and equipment, federal and military regulations for passenger transport, emergency procedures, and aircraft equipment.

Qualifications and Interests

All aircrew candidates should possess the ability to swim prior to entering the program. In addition, they should possess manual dexterity, physical strength and be oriented toward working with tools and machinery. They must be self-motivated, as well as be able to work as part of a team and perform repetitive tasks.

Other helpful attributes include maturity, a good memory, and knowledge of arithmetic. Applicants must be U. S. citizens eligible for a secret security clearance. Aircrewmen must have no speech impediments and be able to speak and understand English fluently. Normal hearing and normal color perception is required. Aircrew should be in excellent physical condition and motivated toward physical and mental challenges.

Candidates must pass a class II swim test, an aviation flight physical, and the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) prior to reporting for aircrew training.

The second-class swim test consists of entering the water feet first from a minimum height of 10 feet and remaining afloat for 10 minutes. During this time, applicants must swim 100 yards and use the three basic survival strokes (sidestroke, breaststroke, and backstroke) and American crawl for at least 25 yards each.

The applicant must pass the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA) with a "satisfactory- medium" in all categories for their sex and age prior to enrollment at NACCS. Applicants should be provided a copy of the current PFA standards.

If the applicant voluntarily terminates training as an aircrew student or otherwise fails to meet the prerequisites of the aircrew program, the applicant will no longer be eligible for the guarantees of the program. The applicant must also understand that follow-on training will be determined by the needs of the Navy, performance, and qualifications as well as the applicant's personal desires.

Graduation

The applicant must meet the following minimum physical fitness requirements to graduate from NACCS:

• Intense daily calisthenics.

• Pass the PRT with a "good-medium" for their sex and age in all categories to include sit-ups, push-ups and 1.5 mile run. Proper Navy form is stressed.

• Swim one mile in flight suit in 80
minutes or less.

• Swim 75 yards in full flight gear
(backstroke, sidestroke and breaststroke for 25 yards each).

• In full flight gear, tread water for
two minutes, followed immediately by three minutes of drown-proofing, followed by five minutes of floating with a life preserver.

• Jump from a 12 foot tower and
swim 15 yards underwater wearing flight suit and boots.
Working Environment

Aircrewmen may be assigned to sea or shore squadrons in any part of the world. They work in airborne aircraft, hangars, hangar decks, on flight decks, or on flight lines at air stations, usually around a high level of noise.

AWO - Acoustic Systems Specialist

Acoustic Systems Specialists are members of an integrated tactical crew aboard maritime patrol aircraft. They detect, analyze, classify, and track surface and subsurface contacts utilizing state of the art acoustic technology. They operate an advanced sonar system utilizing sonobouys. They also perform aircrew duties that support mission planning, acoustic classified material handling, and training contributing directly to an aircraft squadron's ability to conduct tactical operations worldwide.

AWO - Aircrew Readiness Manager

Aircrew Readiness Managers are crucial and integral members of staffs, operational commands, and squadrons. They coordinate the operational, administrative, and aircrew scheduling functions for the organization. They administer and manage training programs and resources for naval aircrew, manage standardization of aircrew training programs to enhance proficiency and readiness, and coordinate all aspects of aircrew training to meet the rigorous demands of operational commitments worldwide. Additionally, they administer and direct the following programs: Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization (NATOPS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) programs. They also administer and direct tactics, training and readiness, ordnance and weapons, and aircrew training. As program managers, they analyze training resource requirements, review and approve contract options for new training devices and programs, develop and revise curriculum, incorporate and initiate new aircrew training programs, manage student quotas, qualifications and certifications, and coordinate aircrew physical fitness and health program initiatives.

AWO - Electronic Systems Specialist

Electronic Systems Specialists are members of a fixed wing integrated tactical crew aboard maritime patrol aircraft. They detect, analyze, classify, and track surface and subsurface contacts electronically utilizing state of the art technology. Specifically they operate the following electronic warfare systems in support of operations and tactical missions worldwide: radar, Electronic Support Measures (ESM), Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD), Identification Friend or Foe/ Selective Identification Feature (IFF/SIF), and Infrared (IR) detectors. In addition, Electronic Systems Specialists perform aircrew duties that contribute directly to aircrew operations, training and administration for the purposes of attaining and maintaining the squadron's aircrew qualifications and certifications. They handle ordnance, have training in electronic intelligence and analysis, and are knowledgeable with security protocols.

AWO - Tactical Aircrew Watch Officer

Tactical Aircrew Watch Officers are members of an integrated, tactical and logistics worldwide intelligence network at Tactical Centers aboard aircraft carriers, Tactical Support Centers (TSC) and with Mobile Operations Control Centers (MOCCs). They coordinate all administrative functions of their individual divisions, manage resources, and lead the personnel of the tactical center in preparing aircrews and operational commands for tactical missions. They coordinate logistics for safety of flight, communication (UHF/HF radios, data-link, satellite), and post mission analysis and reconstruction. They also coordinate the dissemination of environmental data (oceanographic, electromagnetic propagation, and weather), target analysis, and the replay of mission tapes. Tactical Aircrew Watch Officers monitor and train personnel in managing and maintaining an intelligence database acquired from operations and tactical flights. They also monitor and authorize the transmission of tasking and mission summary messages delineating tactical missions. They process requests for tactical mission qualification packets from individual commands and aircrews. They are trained and have experience in TSC, MOCC, ship and air-wing operations. They must also have a thorough knowledge of acoustic and/or electronic intelligence and analysis, message formatting, and the tactical employment of sensors. Familiarization with security protocols and classified handling procedures is required. The Tactical Aircrew Watch Officer must be able to obtain a final secret security clearance and be eligible for higher clearance as required.

AWO2 Stephen Gramza somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean chasing submarines.

 
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