Help maintain America's airpower

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Charles Taylor
  • 301st Fight Wing Public Affairs

If working on fighter jets and keeping America safe sound like a great full-time job, then you should apply for an Air Reserve Technician (ART) position.


Currently, the wing has multiple full-time openings, including crew chief, weapons and avionics.


The 301 FW isn’t the only unit within the Air Force Reserve Command with an ART shortage.


“The shortage is significant on our full-time force, specifically within our ART program,” said Lt. Col. Daniel Posch, Maintenance Management Branch chief for AFRC’s Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection. “We are facing critical shortages across the entire command with more than 1,400 vacancies currently.”


ARTs serve the country as both Federal civilian employees and Reserve Citizen Airmen. They play a unique role in training and equipping Airmen to deploy.  


Reserve Citizen Airmen in these positions have access to various benefits that can help with short and long-term needs.


A few of the benefits available for these technicians include annual, military and sick leave days, family life insurance, tuition assistance and an opportunity to work on two retirements. If called to deploy, an ART receives active duty benefits as well as civilian ones. An ART positon also provides stability to the member’s family because an Airman can stay in one location as long as he wants.


The wing now has an ART recruiter dedicated to help -service members apply for a desired position.


Master Sgt. Christopher Flynn, an Air Force Reserve recruiter who arrived last fall, joined the unit to fix application challenges and streamline the hiring process.


“I’m here to assist with certain aspects of being hired as an ART, which includes helping with resume writing and spreading the word we do have ART positions available,” said Flynn. “I also help to make sure their physical and military qualifications are good to go. It’s a huge responsibility.”


Flynn is strategically located where he and others can answer questions and provide support as quickly as possible.


“We have a great relationship with the human resources department and Air Force Recruiting,” said Flynn. “I sit with the civilian personnel office, so when a person calls civilian personnel, I could be right there to help answer any military-related questions. If somebody calls me, civilian personnel is there to answer any civilian-related questions.”


For questions on how to apply for these technician positions, email Flynn at Visit to apply for current full-time opportunities within the 301st Fighter Wing.  


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