The 56th Force Support Squadron Education Services Flight, on the third floor of Bldg. 1150, offers numerous educational services for active-duty Air Force personnel. Some programs and services are also available to Air Force family members, DOD civilians and their families.
On-base colleges and universities offer degree programs that can be completed within a two- to three-year period by students attending classes part time (off duty). Five on-base schools (Rio Salado Community College, Park College, Wayland Baptist University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Webster University) grant some credit to Airmen for Air Force training or professional military education. All five programs are also open to civilians and military family members.
Educational counseling and advisory services include academic planning and college course and program selection and requirements, as well as information about financial aid, scholarship programs, and college and university programs within the Phoenix area and at colleges and universities throughout the country.
The Community College of the Air Force program combines military technical school credit, professional military education credit and credit earned via testing with college credit culminating in an Associate of Applied Science degree for active-duty, Air Force, reserve and Air Guard Airmen.
The Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support testing program provides many examinations free of charge to active-duty Air Force, reserve and Air National Guard Airmen. Tests are free the first time; after that, Airmen are required to pay for them. There are more than 100 tests available to earn college credit. Luke Air Force Base has a National Testing Center at Rio Salado College (RSC); tests are scored and results are available immediately. For more information, contact RSC at 623-856-3239.
Other types of tests available through the Base Education Center include college entrance exams such as the SAT or ACT tests, DLPT or DLAB, PME testing or other college exams. For more information, call 623-856-7722.
Professional Military Education Courses include the following.
JOHN J. RHODES AIRMAN LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (ALS)
The Professional Military Education Flight is in Bldg. 156 and conducts the Airman Leadership School. This comprehensive 192-hour course prepares selected senior Airmen for supervisory positions as well as fosters a commitment to the Profession of Arms.
The curriculum includes comprehensive hours of study in leadership, communicative skills and the Profession of Arms. To reach the Airman Leadership School flight commandant, call 623-856-7737.
FIRST TERM AIRMAN CENTER
Inside Bldg. 700, the First Term Airman Center transitions first duty station Airmen from training to a mission-oriented environment. This is accomplished through a standardized curriculum of eight academic duty days with 57 briefings covering mandatory inprocessing topics as well as optional base and community information and ancillary training. FTAC prepares new Airmen to become mission-ready in minimum time while providing the Airmen with a solid foundation to make sound decisions.