Florida offers transition course for air defenders

Written by  //  December 20, 2012  //  Feature Stories, News

STARKE, Fla. (December 20, 2012) — Thirteen Soldiers graduated Wednesday from a course designed to help them transition from the 14J (Air Defense Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence Tactical Operations Center Enhanced Operator/Maintainer) military operational specialty to the 14G (Air Defense Battle Management System Operator).

Sgt. 1st Class David Harrison, course manager, speaks to National Guardsmen from Florida and Mississippi who graduated from the three week 14GY20 air defense transition course at the Florida Regional Training Insitute, Dec. 19, 2012. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Blair Heusdens

The three-week course is taught at the Florida National Guard Regional Training Institute at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center near Starke, Fla., and is the only course of its kind offered for National Guard Soldiers. The 14J specialty was recently split into two separate specialties – the 14G and the 14H, or Air Defense Enhanced Early Warning Operator. The 14H specialty is only available to the active component.

“We hope here at the RTI and as individual instructors that we’ve given you the tools to go back and do an admirable job for your units and for your commands,” said Sgt. 1st Class David Harrison, the course manager.

This is the second course of its kind conducted at the RTI. Currently, there are between 200-300 Soldiers in the National Guard who need to complete this reclassification.