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U.S. Air Force: Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) Sensor Operator


My mother always told me that if you’re
gonna do something, “make it matter,” and I don’t think anything matters more than
what I’m doing here in the United States Air Force. I’m a Sensor Operator on the
remotely piloted aircraft. When people think of a remotely piloted aircraft
they typically only think of the Pilot, but what they don’t realize is that the
Sensor Operator is just as crucial and vital to the success of the flying
mission. The Pilot and the Sensor Operator work as a team to operate the aircraft.
The Pilot backs up the Sensor Operator with target location as well as
engagements. The Sensor Operator backs up the Pilot with aircraft systems and
weapon systems management. The range of missions that we can fly typically start
off with launch and recovery, intelligence surveillance and
reconnaissance, weapons employments, air interdiction and close air support.
Typically, in one week I can fly up to five days a week, multiple missions
within an eight to ten hour work period. The hardest part of being a Sensor Operator is because we are in such high demand. There’s always rapid changes in our
techniques, our procedures and our technology is always changing. The type
of training required to become Sensor Operator starts at Lackland Air Force
Base, where you go through aircrew fundamentals. From there, you move on to Randolph Air Force Base where you will complete the basic sensor operator
course. Upon graduation, you are sent to Holloman Air Force Base where you
complete your initial qualification training, which goes over all of our
mission sets, as well as weapons employment and camera optimization. I
truly believe that being an Airman in United States Air Force is the greatest
and most honorable opportunity I’ve ever been given in my life. And every morning
when I wake up and put on that uniform, I go out there to protect my family and protect the nation that’s given so much to me.

Tony wyaad

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12 COMMENTS

  1. AFBrat K1d Posted on November 1, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    This is my AFSC😎

    Reply
  2. blue280485 Posted on November 19, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    This is so cool, I wish I had the honor to work in the USAF as a RPA-SO. This is my dream job! Unfortunately in our country this job is not available.

    Reply
  3. sjr1821 Posted on January 30, 2018 at 3:45 am

    I graduate from randolph feb 9

    Reply
  4. Junior Posted on March 19, 2018 at 3:42 pm

    Lets hope i get this job in the airforce.

    Reply
  5. Anonymous Anonymous Posted on April 21, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Chairman

    Reply
  6. Aether Gaming Posted on April 24, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    Just got a call from my recruiter and this was my #1 choice and I just got it. Done so much research which is why I chose this as it’s 4-5 days a week with 8-12 hours depending on how many people there is on your base

    Reply
  7. Robert Nash Posted on May 16, 2018 at 6:03 am

    I'm so happy, this was my first job choice and I got it

    Reply
  8. Jaydeana Langthen Posted on June 20, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Are you actually in the plane while working ? Do you ever have to fly ?

    Reply
  9. Juan Orozco Posted on July 9, 2018 at 4:10 am

    I always wanted to fly aircraft for the USAF or USNAVY,

    but I was always told I was
    "too stupid" since I was 17 :/

    Reply
  10. Joy Whit Posted on August 14, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    I just found out today this will be my job and I'm so excited!!!!

    Reply
  11. Corey Salemme Posted on December 18, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    What was the third afb she talked about? I didn’t catch it

    Reply
  12. GoGetta Posted on January 26, 2019 at 1:06 am

    Wish me luck on the aircrew fundamental test I gotta take Monday

    Reply
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