Career enlisted aviator roadshow comes to Mildenhall

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan, Air Force Personnel Center chief of enlisted aircrew assignments, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, conducts a question and answer session with boom operators at RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 8, 2018. The question and answer session was one of three briefings during the senior enlisted leaders’ visit to discuss issues and programs pertaining to the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Randy Scanlan, Air Force Personnel Center chief of enlisted aircrew assignments, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, conducts a question and answer session with boom operators at RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 8, 2018. The question and answer session was one of three briefings during the senior enlisted leaders’ visit to discuss issues and programs pertaining to the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

Airmen ask questions during a career enlisted aviator roadshow briefing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 8, 2018.  The question and answer session was one of three briefings during the senior enlisted leaders’ visit to discuss issues and programs pertaining to the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

Airmen ask questions during a career enlisted aviator roadshow briefing at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 8, 2018. The question and answer session was one of three briefings during the senior enlisted leaders’ visit to discuss issues and programs pertaining to the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Derek Peifer, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, listens to senior enlisted leaders from the career enlisted aviator career field at RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 8, 2018. The briefings discussed CEA retention issues, incentive programs and cross-training opportunities for Airmen interested in the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Derek Peifer, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, listens to senior enlisted leaders from the career enlisted aviator career field at RAF Mildenhall, Feb. 8, 2018. The briefings discussed CEA retention issues, incentive programs and cross-training opportunities for Airmen interested in the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

Senior enlisted leaders from the career enlisted aviator career field pose for a photograph during their roadshow at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 8, 2018. The briefings discussed CEA retention issues, incentive programs and cross-training opportunities for Airmen interested in the CEA career fields.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

Senior enlisted leaders from the career enlisted aviator career field pose for a photograph during their roadshow at RAF Mildenhall, England, Feb. 8, 2018. The briefings discussed CEA retention issues, incentive programs and cross-training opportunities for Airmen interested in the CEA career fields. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Alexandra West)

RAF MILDENHALL, England -- Senior leaders from the career enlisted aviator career field made a stop here, Feb. 8, 2018, during a roadshow.

Briefings were held to discuss career enlisted aviator retention issues and incentives, one-on-one sessions with CEA Airmen, and cross training for those interested in joining the CEA career field.

“One of the reasons we’re here is to give them some insight into some of the programs we’re doing to help them out and keep retention up. Our goal is to educate them on our manning ratios and percentages across the Air Force,” said Chief Master Sgt. Eric Rigby, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, career enlisted aviator career field manager.

Although the CEA career fields are critically manned, the team discussed incentives that are being introduced to help curb declining retention rates.

“The roadshow was beneficial to me because all the chiefs who spoke gave me accurate information about upcoming plans for my career field, and also how the assignment process works for my Air Force specialty code,” said Senior Airman Derek Peifer, 351st Air Refueling Squadron boom operator.

The day concluded with Chief Master Sgt. Erick Fierro, Headquarters Air Force, Pentagon, career enlisted aviator training manager, conducting a briefing for those interested in cross training into the career field.

“The biggest takeaway I got from this roadshow was how easy it is for people interested in going into one of the enlisted aviation career fields,” Peifer said. “It seems most Airmen do not realize and understand this, and I think it should be advertised more, especially since boom operators are undermanned right now.”