The Airmen Development Advisor assists commanders and supervisors in career counseling as well as the development of superior front-line supervisors. The ADA advises Team McChord Airmen and provides guidance regarding: career counseling; progression and planning; growth and development opportunities; mandatory pay and benefits analysis; and also retention and separation information. The ADA also manages the First Term Airmen Center (FTAC), Informed Decision Seminars (IDS), NCO and SNCO Professional Enhancement Seminars (NCOPES and SNCOPES), and Professional Development Courses (PDC).
This five-day course provides a structured first duty station orientation that is designed to transition Airmen from a training mindset to the mission-oriented environment. FTAC reinforces lessons learned in Basic Military Training and technical training to prepare Airmen for their role in supporting their organization's mission.
This course also provides Airmen a unique opportunity to develop their warrior ethos and continued expeditionary mindset. All first term Airmen must attend the FTAC course within 45 calendar days of arrival to first duty station. Supervisor support and involvement is critical for Airmen attending FTAC to ensure their future success.
FTAC is held twice a month. Airmen and supervisors can receive more information at FTAC Registration.
Air Force Benefits Fact Sheet
Accelerate Change or Lose (ACOLS)
CSAF Action Orders
The Brown Book (The Enlisted Force Structure)
The Blue Book (A Profession of Arms: Our Core Values)
The Purple Book (The Joint Team)
This seminar is an educational experience specifically designed to enhance one's knowledge of Air Force benefits, highlighted program requirements, and processes. The goal is to ensure personnel obtain the needed information in order to make the best decision for them, their family, and their subordinates as they come close to the end of their enlistment.
Team McChord first term Airmen and second term Airmen are required to attend 12-15 months prior to their Date of Separation (DOS) unless pending involuntary separation.
IDS briefs are held once a month. Airmen and supervisors can receive more information at IDS Registration.
This four-day seminar is designed to augment and reinforce (not replace) information taught in Basic Military Training, technical training, ancillary training, Airman Leadership School (ALS), job experience and Air Force Handbook 1.
The NCOPES is designed to target NCO's who completed ALS at least three years prior and/or who have not yet attended the NCO Academy (NCOA).
The NCOPES is held once a quarter. NCO's and supervisors can receive more information at NCOPES Registration.
Airmen Development Advisor: (253) 982-3395
FTAC NCOIC: (253) 982-6682
851 Lincoln Blvd SW
4th Floor, Suite 401A/B
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 98438
This five-day seminar is designed to augment (not replace) information taught in Basic Military Training, technical training, ancillary training, Enlisted Professional Military Education (EPME), job experience and Air Force Handbook 1.
The SNCOPES is designed to target newly selected Master Sergeant's with an in-depth view of their increased supervisory, leadership, and managerial responsibilities, to assist them in making a successful transition to SNCO status. This seminar is intended for MSgt-selects prior to actual promotion date, but no later than one year after assuming the rank.
The SNCOPES is held twice a year. MSgt-selects, SNCO's and supervisors can receive more information at SNCOPES Registration.