by Capt. Matthew Chism
USAF Expeditionary Center Public Affairs
2/20/2015 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- The
interim president of Burlington County College and members of the
college's executive leadership team visited the U.S. Air Force
Expeditionary Center on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Feb. 12.
This meeting between the two higher education institutions is expected to serve as a launching point for future dialogue.
BCC visitors spent time talking with USAF EC leaders about the future of
education and training at the USAF Expeditionary Operations School and
sharing organizational best practices. The visitors also received
technology demonstrations from course instructors and an overview of the
USAF EC's mission supporting Air Mobility Command assets around the
"Supporting our military, including active duty, veterans and their
families, is an important part of Burlington County College's mission,"
said Dr. David Spang, Burlington County College interim president. "We
look forward to leveraging our longstanding partnership with the Joint
Base to create additional educational opportunities, whether it's
creating new degree or certificate programs, collaborating on
professional development for instructors or helping military members
transition to civilian careers."
The USAF EOS educates, trains and exercises Airmen and Joint partners to
develop the skills needed to get our nation to the fight and survive
and operate in any environment. Whether the training is focused on
deploying our nation's assets, conducting command and control, or
opening austere airbases, the classes are adapted to the latest tactics,
techniques and procedures used in the field to maintain relevant
"To maintain the superior agility our nation depends on, the education
and training of Airmen must be relevant and responsive," said Maj. Gen.
Rick Martin, USAF EC commander. "We will continue to adapt our courses
at the EC so they reflect that agility and adequately prepare our force
for the future."
Another way that the USAF EOS works to maintain the relevancy and
responsiveness of the curriculum is through the professional development
of the course cadre. Instructors are chosen from Department of Defense
bases around the world, where they are recognized as experts and leaders
in their respective career fields. Active, Reserve, Guard, and civilian
Airmen arrive at the USAF EC and participate in a rigorous initial
instructor training program before they are certified to engage with
students. Course cadres also have professional development opportunities
available after that initial qualification to further develop their
ability to teach expeditionary and mobility skills. The USAF EC promotes
visits like this one with higher education leaders to support student
and instructor development.
"Not only does a visit like this build upon the outstanding JB MDL and
BCC relationships we already have, it also helps us find ways to improve
learning for our students and teaching methods for our faculty," said
Col. Gary Grape, USAF EC Education and Training director. "It's a home
run for all."