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Operational height waivers focus of latest "The Air Force Starts Here" pod

"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

"The Air Force Starts Here" is Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast. The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts (iTunes). For Android or Google mobile users, the podcast can be found on their favorite third-party podcast phone application. (U.S. Air Force graphic / 1st Lt. Robert Guest)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- The 23rd episode of "The Air Force Starts Here," Air Education and Training Command's podcast series, focuses on flying training and was released Jan. 14.

On the episode, Jennifer Gonzalez from the AETC public affairs office talks about the operational waiver process for height, innovation in the flying training pipeline, social media and more with Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander.   

Wills talks about the current Air Force pilot height requirements and how every person is built differently, which talks to why the service has a waiver process.  He also speaks to the point that the operational safety of all involved is priority one when it comes to granting waivers. Wills also goes in-depth on the process, which include a team of experts from 19th AF, the AETC surgeon general’s office, the Air Force Research Laboratory and more.  

The general also takes listeners behind the scenes as to why he is so active on Instagram, as well relooks a recent visit to Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, a.k.a “Mobility’s Hometown.”

The professional development podcasts are designed to help communicate and inform Total Force Airmen across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development fields and can be listened to on the government network on the AETC website, or via mobile application as well as on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Google Play.

Future episodes are set to cover a wide range of topics, including adaptive learning in Air Force basic military training, maintenance training, and much more.