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ACSC Commandant Welcomes Class of 2019

Dear ACSC Class of 2019,

On behalf of Air Command and Staff College, welcome, and congratulations on your selection to attend the U.S. Air Force's most historic professional military education program. You are joined by approximately 500 fellow officers and civilian leaders who represent every branch of service, each total force component, several government agencies, and more than 60 nations. I look forward to sharing a rigorous and rewarding academic year with you and your classmates, filled with numerous opportunities for personal and professional growth.

I would like to share some information on program concentrations and electives that are available to you. The information below is intended to provide an initial synopsis and you will receive further details and requests to apply for programs in the upcoming months.

The Blue Horizons program is chartered by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF) to provide rigorously-researched prototypes (in the form of organizational constructs, concepts of operation, and technology applications) to gain and maintain a competitive advantage for the Air Force and the nation in the year 2040. The program includes intensive academics, classified research, wargaming, and travel to answer a specific research question posed by the CSAF. The 10-month fellowship culminates with a collection of med/high-risk prototypes answering the CSAF's charge from multiple angles in the final outbrief to the CSAF. The fellowship is not an elective, but rather an alternative IDE/SDE experience in lieu of participation in AWC or ACSC. Blue Horizons faculty will send email invitations to select members of the incoming ACSC class inviting them to apply. Fellows will be selected from the available volunteers to achieve a mix of professional backgrounds best suited to answering the specific research question posed by the CSAF. Blue Horizons selects 5 Fellows from the incoming AWC class and 11 Fellows from the incoming ACSC class. Reporting and graduation dates for Blue Horizons are the same as published for ACSC. A current TS/SCI clearance is required.

Multi-Domain Operational Strategist (MDOS) concentration is a selective, year-long advanced concentration specializing in developing leaders who understand the employment of multi-domain operational maneuver to counter future A2/AD threats. This concentration prepares selected students for operational and command assignments requiring cutting-edge knowledge of planning and operations. Students study and apply strategic and operational design, the joint operations planning process, reflexive control, decision making theory, and risk analysis. Additionally, students participate in exercises and wargames with Blue Horizons and Air War College's Grand Strategy Seminar. Post-graduation approximately 40% of MDOS students attend SAASS, SAMS or SAW, 10% are selected for command, and 50% receive operational-level assignments.

The Gathering of Eagles (GOE) is a year-long elective that capstones the ACSC curriculum. Each year, people who have made a significant contribution to Airpower receive invitations to a week-long event to share their personal stories of courage, perseverance, and innovation to the ACSC class and local community. GOE has been an annual event since 1982 and has honored over 450 Eagles including Neil Armstrong, Jimmy Doolittle, Bea Haydu, John Glenn, Curtis LeMay, and Chuck Yeager. Students in GOE are responsible for researching and
selecting Eagles, as well as planning and executing the GOE program. Selection to the GOE team is a two-part
process: a resume application followed by a faculty interview. For more information about GOE, visit

The Political-Military Affairs Strategist (PAS) program is designed and executed by the Air Command and Staff College in accordance with AFI 16-109 for students identified for development in AFSC 16P. Students will hone their critical thinking abilities, habits of mind, and patterns of inquiry to become part of a cadre of Airmen with a broad and diverse range of political-military insights and skills to execute DoD and USAF missions. ACSC_PAS students are fully integrated into the student squadrons and are administratively no different from other ACSC students.  ACSC_PAS curriculum differences are explained in full during orientation week. PAS officers will normally serve in an international Political-Military Affairs assignment on their first or second post-IDE assignment.

Elective courses cover a wide range of academic subjects that are integral to the ACSC experience. While attending ACSC, you will take two or three elective courses. These are in addition to, and may not necessarily relate to the core curriculum. You will have the opportunity to choose your preferred courses as soon as you reach ACSC via an invitation to a website that hosts all of the elective syllabi and instructions for submitting your elective choices. Elective Bidding must be made by the end of Orientation Week, as some of the electives begin the second week of classes.

The AU Fellows program includes three categories: Fellow A, B and C. Students are identified as AU Fellows prior to attending ACSC. This is a two year assignment which includes one year as an AU instructor and one year attending ACSC in-residence. AU_FELLOW_A will report for instructor duty at Squadron Officer School (SOS) prior to ACSC attendance, NLT 1 Apr 18. AU_FELLOW_B will report in accordance with ACSC standard reporting instructions and will commence instructor duty at SOS or ACSC upon graduation from ACSC.  AU_Fellow_C will report in accordance with ACSC standard reporting instructions and commences instructor duty at OTS upon graduation from ACSC. A training report is accomplished during assignment to AU. Expect specific instruction and placement as AU faculty and staff upon graduation from ACSC, or prior to IDE attendance.

Instructions on how to submit an application to MDOS and GOE will follow in subsequent correspondence or at the beginning of the Academic Year. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the ACSC Student Squadron Staff at acsc.21stus@us.af.mil. Again, welcome to ACSC. I wish you all the best, and look forward to learning with you!



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