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Tradition Matters!

Traditions represent an important element of our Airborne Sensor Operator professional culture. They reinforce the structure and foundation of our skill-set and our vocation. Tradition reminds us that we are part of a history that defines our past, shapes who we are presently and who we are likely to become in the future. Once we disregard the meaning of our traditions, we’re in danger of damaging the underpinning of our professional identity. The backbone of why traditions matter to Airborne Sensor Operators is:

• Tradition reinforces values such as integrity, personal responsibility, a strong work ethic, and the value of being selfless.
• Tradition provides a medium to provide positive role models and highlight the standards that matter.
• Tradition validates the contribution the profession provides to society and unites members of the profession.
• Tradition contributes a sense of professional belonging. It brings individuals together and enables people to work together at a common level or perspective.

As ASOs, we must strive to utilize every opportunity available to us to reinforce the professional values and standards that we see are the core of our profession. The alternative is professional mediocre. As a famous writer once said,

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
Marcus Garvey

What are your thoughts...Does tradition matter for our profession?

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)

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One of ASOG’s goals is to look forward into the future, i.e., professional ASOs tracking and being informed of the next tech changes. With that, is “Blockchain” going to be a major player in the future for Airborne Sensor Operators, i.e., from an aviation, systems and data management perspective?

Like me, if you’re interested to know more, I found these articles to help me understand this new technology and how it might affect my professional ASO future. What do you think…Blockchain or Blockhead technology?

Disrupting aviation with Blockchain

Blockchain in Geospatial Applications, what is a blockchain and how is it relevant for geospatial applications?

 

ASOG Desk Editor (Patrick)

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Opportunity Tracking – One Technique

One technique to track job opportunities, especially if you’re an ASO who works on specific contracts, is to track contract proposals and contract awards. Once you come across a contract of interest, identify the participating companies and search their career centers for possible openings. Remember, job titles for ASOs can vary. If you come across a possible opportunity, don’t hesitate to reach out to the firm or reach out to your network and find a POC in the company.

Here’s a current example:

CONTRACT AWARD: AAI Corp., Hunt Valley, Maryland, has been awarded a $12,759,179.04 firm-fixed price modification (P00002) to contract FA4890-18-C-0005 for force protection efforts at airfields located within the Air Force Central Command's area of responsibility. The contractor-owned, contractor-operated ISR solution is required to support ISR tasking occurring anytime. Work will be performed at Bagram Airfield and Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, and is expected to be completed by March 27, 2019. (https://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/1596039//)

COMPANY CAREER CENTER: AAI Corp., Career Center - Flight Crew/Associate Flight Crew-267745 

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