Created: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 09:32:00 EST
Updated: Fri, 23 Aug 2013 03:42:58 EST
Civilian workers at Robins Air Force Base get a unique jump start to their future careers. They spent three weeks learning how their jobs impact people on the front lines.
Palace Acquire is an internship program at Robins that provides recent college graduates a unique door into a potential career with the U.S. Air Force.
Participants graduated from the program Thursday and were joined by family and friends.
"This opportunity was the chance for us to see everything that we have an impact on," said Rene Esquivel a graduate of the program.
Bill Sirmon is the Director for Workforce Development and says hands on learning is important for workforce development.
"They get to go work with an operational training unit. They get to spend three weeks with them and see that the things that they do on the desk that they are learning to do day to day and moving parts through the supply chain, how that impacts the war fighter," he said.
This group of Palace Acquire trainees is from Middle Georgia and was recruited from local colleges and universities.
"It definitely gives us perspective,” said Esquivel. “For me personally, improving my own desk and continually making things better and more streamlined."
Airmen say that learning how their work impacts troops is key to understanding. "It gives these guys a unique start into seeing what their career is going to have before them," said Robert Nash the LRS Squadron Commander.
Nash says this is an ideal way for all civilian employees to get started on the base if funding was available.
"They get to see firsthand most importantly from the war fighter our perspective about what it is that they are going to be doing," he said.