5/18/2013 – JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) — Active duty line of the Air Force captains, majors and lieutenant colonels interested in attaché duty could find themselves on an international affairs team in Switzerland, Venezuela, Burma and others, but those interested must submit their applications by June 20 to be considered, said Air Force Personnel Center officials.
AFPC and the Secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs office are accepting applications for senior defense official/defense attaché, air attaché and assistant air attaché duty at nine locations, with tour lengths ranging from 18 to 24 months, said Maj. Carl Wood, AFPC International Affairs Assignments.
“Attachés officially represent the secretary of Defense, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of the Air Force and Air Force chief of staff to the host country defense ministry,” he said. “They help build and sustain relationships between the U.S. and host country, provide critical advice to the U.S. ambassador and country team, and directly support our efforts to fight global terrorism.”
This year, two duty locations have C-12 Huron aircraft assigned, so the attaché for those offices must be fixed-wing pilots. Only rated officers who are regional or political affairs strategists may apply for the C-12 positions, the major said.
Attaché applicants must be active duty senior captains, majors or lieutenant colonels. Air operations background, foreign language skills and experience in the region are highly desired, but not mandatory.
Applicants must have taken the Defense Language Aptitude Battery test, and each applicant and all immediate family members must be U.S. citizens. Candidates must also have their assignment functional manager’s hard-copy or e-mail release to compete for attaché duty.
Applicants selected for an interview will be notified by July 25. They (and their spouses, if applicable) will be interviewed in Washington D.C.
AFPC and International Affairs will host an information webinar May 30, 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, on the Defense Connect Online site (https://www2.dco.dod.mil).
For more information about the attaché program, go to the Air Force Portal and enter “attaché program” in the search window. To download the application, enter “attaché application” in the search window and select the May 2013 option. Applications must be emailed to AFPC and Air Force International Affairs, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com, by June 20.
For more information about developmental opportunities and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at https://mypers.af.mil.