COURSE: WMSS 101 Air Force Civil Engineer Basic Course for ANG/Reserve Forces
For each student to comprehend the Air Force Civil Engineer structure, core competencies and processes. Students shall be able to apply engineering, installation support and bed-down planning principles in support of assigned missions. This course provides the foundation for further education and development.
This is a mandatory course for all National Guard and Reserve Civil Engineer officers to receive the 32E3X AFSC. The course consists of two components; both are required for course completion. There is a Distance Learning (DL) portion, and a Resident portion.
The Distance Learning portion is open for twelve (12) weeks and contains approximately 30 hours of material, recorded videos, presentations, learning checks and surveys. This portion of the course provides an overview of the Air Force Civil Engineer Organization, Management Systems, Force Packages, Processes and Operations. During this time, students gain a basic understanding of Air Force Civil Engineer doctrine, history, and related civil engineering functions. Students also learn the responsibilities of each flight within the objective CE squadron, how the CE squadron and its flights interface with other organizations, and how to plan and execute various programs within each of the flights.
The completion of the distance learning portion of the course is valid for two offerings. This duration balances the continuous updates made to material with respect for students’ efforts and time. I.e. if taken for the spring offering of the course it is valid for that offering and the next offering in the fall. If taken for the fall offering of the course it is valid for that offering and the next offering in the spring.
The Resident portion of the course is seven (7) weeks. Six (6) weeks at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and one (1) week at the Silver Flag Site at Tyndall AFB. This portion of the course includes instruction on project management and basic mechanical, electrical and civil engineering technical knowledge needed to complete infrastructure activities at home station and in a deployed environment, providing and maintaining force beddowns in an contingency or humanitarian environment. During the final week at the Silver Flag Site at Tyndall AFB students complete hands-on education in force beddown, airfield damage assessment and repair, disaster preparedness, fire rescue, bare base assets, and command and control. Students will not receive Silver Flag credit as part of this course.
New Guard and Reserve Civil Engineer officers
CE Officers who have not previously attended the course
Officers: Yes; Enlisted: No; Civilians: No.
Successful completion of the Distance Learning portion of the course is a prerequisite for the Resident portion at AFIT.
The completion of the Distance Learning portion of the course is valid for two offerings. I.e. if taken for the spring offering of the course it is valid for that offering and the next offering in the fall. If taken for the fall offering of the course it is valid for that offering and the next offering in the spring.
All students must bring a scientific calculator. A laptop for homework is recommended but not required. Only ABUs and PTUs will be worn during the duty day throughout the course. Students must possess a SECRET clearance to assure attendance at all lessons. Clearance should be printed on orders. Bring a valid military ID to class. Students must also complete all additional requirements listed in the pre-course letter prior to attending the course.
Admin Instructions: The following information provides further guidance, which hopefully will alleviate the need for amendments to travel orders for students attending the Air Force Civil Engineer Basic Course.
Itinerary on orders must read as follows:
FROM: (student’s home station)
TO: Wright-Patterson AFB OH
TO: Tyndall AFB FL
TO: Wright-Patterson AFB OH
RETURN TO: (student’s home station)
Students are REQUIRED to return to Wright-Patterson AFB upon completion of Officer Field Education (OFE).
ORDERS MUST HAVE THE FOLLOWING STATEMENTS (NO EXCEPTIONS)
- Travel between WPAFB and Tyndall will be provided by AFIT.
- It is assumed all entitled meals available under field conditions are consumed unless otherwise indicated.
- Students will be under field conditions the final week of class (from 0900 the second to last Saturday to 1500 on the final Saturday).
- Students are authorized excess baggage (one piece not to exceed 50 lbs).
- No government meals are available or directed while at WPAFB
- Security Clearance
Security Requirements: SECRET clearance to assure attendance at all lessons. Clearance should be printed on orders.
Uniform Requirements: Uniforms for military students will be either ABUs or PTUs depending on the course schedule. See pre-course letter for additional requirements.
Distance Learning and Resident. Students must apply for both the Distance Learning and Resident portions of the course.
2 CEUs (DL portion) and 20 CEUs (Resident portion)
12 weeks (DL portion) and 7 weeks (Resident portion)
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