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My first assignment out of Officer Training School, as a newly minted butterbar, was to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Propulsion Directorate at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio as an acquisition officer. Wright-Patterson is primarily an acquisitions base. At one career development briefing, the officer said it would be possible to keep an acquisitions officer at WPAFB for his full career and fully develop him. There’s the lab, the program offices for most of the big programs, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, AFRL headquarters, the Materiel Command Headquarters, and the Air Force Institute of Technology for Masters and Ph.D. education. The only operational mission on the base was a reserve unit with a flying mission.
Within my first year, I had to participate in a base exercise. The main unit deploying from the base was the medical personnel so the focus of the exercise was medical. We had to arrive at o’dark thirty at the rallying point and then we were bussed to a back part of the base to begin training. The first part of the day was instruction and the second part was application. The medical personnel had some different training from the non-medical people but there was overlap.