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Program creates new experiences for Airmen across base

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen, 14th Flying Training Wing public affairs specialist, observes pilots undergoing hypobaric chamber training Dec.7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Jacobsen participated in a job swap program, which gives Airmen from around the base a chance to see what other units do to ensure the mission runs smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen, 14th Flying Training Wing public affairs specialist, observes pilots undergoing hypobaric chamber training Dec.7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Jacobsen participated in a job swap program, which gives Airmen from around the base a chance to see what other units do to ensure the mission runs smoothly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force aerospace physiology technicians with the 14th Operations Support Squadron help prepare pilots from the 37th Flying Training Squadron for hypobaric chamber training Dec.7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. During hypobaric chamber training, pilots go through a series of test to simulate the effects of high altitude, such as low oxygen and low ambient air pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force aerospace physiology technicians with the 14th Operations Support Squadron help prepare pilots from the 37th Flying Training Squadron for hypobaric chamber training Dec.7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. During hypobaric chamber training, pilots go through a series of test to simulate the effects of high altitude, such as low oxygen and low ambient air pressure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Pilots from the 37th Flying Training Squadron undergo hypobaric chamber training Dec. 7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The training, provided by the 14th Operations Support Squadron aerospace physiology technicians, is used as a simulation for pilots to feel the effects of high altitude on the human body, such as hypoxia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Pilots from the 37th Flying Training Squadron undergo hypobaric chamber training Dec. 7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The training, provided by the 14th Operations Support Squadron aerospace physiology technicians, is used as a simulation for pilots to feel the effects of high altitude on the human body, such as hypoxia. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Richardson, 14th Operations Support squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, looks through his recently captured photos on Microsoft Bridge Nov. 30, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The Department of Defense uses a variety of editing software to include Microsoft Bridge, Premier, Photoshop and InDesign as an effort to ensure quality products are being produced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Richardson, 14th Operations Support squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, looks through his recently captured photos on Microsoft Bridge Nov. 30, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. The Department of Defense uses a variety of editing software to include Microsoft Bridge, Premier, Photoshop and InDesign as an effort to ensure quality products are being produced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Richardson, 14th Operations Support squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, practices photographing aircraft during a job swap with Public Affairs Nov. 11, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Air Force Public Affairs advances Air Force priorities and achieves mission objectives through integrated planning, execution, and assessment of communication capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman David Richardson, 14th Operations Support squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, practices photographing aircraft during a job swap with Public Affairs Nov. 11, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Air Force Public Affairs advances Air Force priorities and achieves mission objectives through integrated planning, execution, and assessment of communication capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams)

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The 14th Flying Training Wing at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi seized a new opportunity allowing Airmen to further integrate and understand the mission capabilities of units across the base.

Known as the job swap program, the tool allows Airmen from different units on the base an opportunity to be worked into other Air Force jobs.

“I saw this program at Lakenheath and the perspective it gave to our junior Airmen, and I wanted to bring that here,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Joshua Mann, 14th Comptroller Squadron commander.

This program falls in line with Chief of Staff of the Air Force Brown’s Accelerate, Change or Lose priorities, building a foundation for “multi-capable and adaptable team builders.”

Two participants of the program, Senior Airman David Richardson, 14th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician, and Senior Airman Jake Jacobsen, 14th Flying Training Wing public affairs specialist, experienced and obtained a new-found appreciation for other jobs.

Richardson traded in his typical duty equipment for a Nikon z7 camera and traveled around the base with other public affairs personnel to see what the job is all about.

“I think it is a great way to see how the base runs,” said Richardson. “I would do it again tomorrow just to gain the experience.”

Jacobsen took a break from editing, filming and writing to find out what aerospace physiology technicians do and how they play a part in the mission.

“They give pilots crucial training before they take to the skies,” said Jacobsen. “Teaching pilots the warning signs for a lack of oxygen during flight and showing them how it affects their bodies and performance skills is all need-to-know information. It was interesting to see the airmen who gave them this hands on course and how they worked as a team to provide the training.”

Each unit plays an important role to ensure the mission continues to run safely and effectively.

When Airmen can see and understand what other career fields do and how they contribute, a new appreciation can be formed.