Foreign area officer program chooses 57 new cadre

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas (AFNS) -- The Air Force has selected 57 new foreign area officers--46 captains and 11 majors--to join its foreign area officer program.

Managed by the under secretary of the Air Force, International Affairs, the FAO program is a force development initiative intended to create a cadre of officers with in-depth regional expertise.

“The FAO program provides officers who have between seven and 10 years of commissioned service with an opportunity to develop international insight, foreign language proficiency and cultural understanding,” said Lt. Col. Katie Tanner, Air Force’s Personnel Center International Affairs Assignments chief.

FAOs alternate assignments between their primary career fields and international, political-military focused positions.

“Their in-depth international and regional experience and professional-level language skills, combined with existing operational skills, maximize the Air Force’s ability to build partnerships with allied and coalition partners,” Tanner said.

AFPC has scheduled a webinar for the new FAO-selects on Feb. 12, 2018, at 9 a.m. CST, titled “FAO Orientation Meeting,” which will be hosted on Defense Collaboration Services.

Click here for the selection list. Prior to posting the list, the Air Force’s Personnel Center provided senior raters with advanced knowledge of their Airmen’s selection to allow appropriate notification.

For more information about Air Force personnel programs, visit myPers. Eligible individuals who do not have a myPers account can request one by following these instructions.