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AMOC opens language learning center

Members of the 373rd Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group officially open the Alaska Mission Operation Center Alaska Learning Center November 1, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The new center will offer Airmen at the 373rd IRSG to focus on maintaining their proficiency in language skills. Also, giving Airmen a chance to train in an unclassified space as well. (Courtesy photo)

Members of the 373rd Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group officially open the Alaska Mission Operation Center Alaska Learning Center November 1, 2018 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The new center will offer Airmen at the 373rd IRSG to focus on maintaining their proficiency in language skills. Also, giving Airmen a chance to train in an unclassified space as well. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Airmen from the 373rd Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group hosted a ribbon cutting for their new language center for the Alaska Mission Operation Center (AMOC) at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 1.

The new center will offer 373rd IRSG Airmen the chance to focus on maintaining proficiency in their language skills, while also affording Airmen a chance to train in an unclassified space.

“The AMOC has very limited classroom spaces, which has limited the number of courses we can offer,” said Master Sgt. Joshua J. Kauffman, 373rd ISRG deputy of education and training. “The Alaska Learning Center came about as a way to resolve that issue by tripling classroom space and allowing us to hire a larger instructor cadre. The training will all be offered under the auspices of the National Cryptologic School and will be locally overseen by the AMOC NCS chief, Chad Griffith.”

With the new center up and running, Kaufmann mentioned the center provides Airmen the opportunity to step out of their normal routine, by allowing them to solely focus and sharpen skillsets to maintain mission readiness.

“Right now, if an Airman attends a course ‘inside the wire,’ they are often pulled out of their class to attend to mission requirements,” Kaufmann said. “With the courses being moved off-site, students are able to focus more on the course and not worry about being pulled out of the class.”

Having the new learning center off-site will further allow Airmen who are awaiting security clearances to attend unclassified courses, maintaining knowledge-based readiness, which will only serve to reform the Department of Defense’s best practices toward maintaining greater performance and affordability of service members.