Careers: Military--Army, Navy, Airforce, Marines, Coast Guard/Loadmaster

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Mr. Howell,

I am not sure if you have already answered a question like this; so I apologize in advance. I recently was graced with a wonderful opportunity to join the Air Force as a Loadmaster, due to someone giving up the spot. However, I was notified that I was given less than 2 weeks and will leave on March 5th. With such little time left I have been trying to understand what tech school will be like, how long, and how I get placed with an airframe.

The reason I have come to ask you is, because it seems no one can give me straight answers about anything. I hear one thing, but then it is contradicted by another. I'd like to know about the tech school, as I know it will be in different bases for different training (ex. Fairchild for survival and POW training and Florida for water/parachute training) but for how long they are I am not sure. Also, various people have told me depending on my "dream list" of bases to go they will determine what airframe I go into. Though this sounds highly unlikely, it is what people have told me. If I could have it my way, I would choose the C-17, as my dad was a flying crew chief on those planes for many years.

Thank you for your time to take a look and read this.

-Lauren

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Lauren,
I just returned from a 4 week deployment and I literally have my mobility bag in one hand to go again as I'm answering this.  I would suggest you ask your question to James Bell who himself was a loadmaster and is one of our experts.  I believe he has the time to give you a better answer than I can.  Tell him I sent you,
Thanks,
  Colonel H

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MARK A. HOWELL

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All military questions, any Service. 30 years experience & two Ph.D.'s. 4 times Base Commander. Worked with Army, Navy, USMC, USCG and several foreign military units. Veteran of Kosovo, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, and 10 civil wars in Africa.

Experience

Air Force Colonel with 30 years experience. Air Force Base Commander 4 times. Highly decorated.

Organizations
Org of Am Historians, Wild West History Assoc., Disabled American Veterans - Life Member, Am Motorcyclist Assoc. - Life Member, North Am Hunt Club - Life Member, NWTF - Life Member

Publications
Numerous book reviews published in the Journal of American History. Two books submitted for publication. Co-Author of two more. Eisenhower memorial Library (interview with U.S. Presidential chaffeur

Education/Credentials
Ph.D. in military history, Columbus University (Summa Cum Laude) Ph.D. in history, London, England (Summa Cum Laude) Master of Arts degree in history, Marshall University, WV Bachelors degree, double-major in history and mathematics, Salem College, WV Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL Squadron Officer School, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL

Awards and Honors
Legion of Merit, Defense MSM, 5 Meritous Service Medals,Joint Commendation Medal AF Commendation Medal Army Commendation Joint Achievement Medal AF Achievement Medal Outstanding Volunteer Medal Total of 33 Medals and 43 Ribbons

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