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NEWS | Jan. 2, 2020

New year, new name, same great content: "The Air Force Starts Here" podcast

By Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs

New year, new name, same great content on the latest episode of Air Education and Training Command’s podcast series, released Jan. 2, 2020.

Renamed as “The Air Force Starts Here” podcast, Col. Erica Rabe and David Crabtree from Headquarters Air Force A1 sit down to talk about talent management initiatives being worked in conjunction with total force development.  Rabe is the chief of the AF Learning Division and Crabtree is the Force Development and Integration division chief.   

Rabe and Crabtree discuss current talent management strategy, designed to capture total force requirements and drive deliberate management that enables diversity and quality of the Air Force’s collective expertise. They also go in depth on many programs regarding talent management for officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. Topics on the officer side include IDE/SDE programs, while enlisted programs include discussed include performance reports and promotion programs, as well as step promotions. 

Crabtree also talks to the expanded talent management programs for civilians at the strategic, operational and tactical levels as well, including a refreshed OPM curriculum and service sponsored associate’s degrees.

The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application.