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Someone who is struggling in one area might be able to help you in another area where you are
weak. Remember, your Tweet brethren have been raised in this culture for six months, they have
their own group chemistry, you are being thrown in with them, hopping in at "halftime." Use
your time wisely before your T-38 training begins and try to meet and get to know as many as
you can in your class. Attach yourself to someone in the class and get the "gouge," practice
standup EPs, and ask about daily life, they will be more than willing to help you out.
b. Your Flight Commander and IPs
Your T-38 Flight Commander is the person in charge of all students and instructors in your
flight (equivalent to the Flight Leader at Whiting). Once you start flying at Vance, you will only
fly with instructors in your flight and a few guest IPs attached to your flight. Your Flight
Commander is your immediate supervisor and if you have any problems, that person is the
person to contact. Many of your IPs at Vance will be former fighter or bomber pilots. They all
have a wealth of knowledge about how to fly the T-38 and what it is like to fly in the tactical Air
Force.  Pick their brains during your training about what weapon system to put on your
Assignment Sheet. The IPs in your flight will have several responsibilities in addition to flying
student sorties. The most "notorious" job that you will become intimately familiar with is the
flight Unit Stan Eval Monitor (USEM).  The USEM conducts all standup EPs during the
morning brief and is the "hatchet man" if you screw that up. Other jobs in the flight include the
Gradebook Officer and the Scheduler. Some say it is not you that graduates from pilot training
but your gradebook. You are responsible for the upkeep of your gradebook and like your Navy
ATJ for Jacket Reviews, you better have all the signatures required, otherwise you will get to
know the Gradebook Officer real well; attention you do not want. Another job is the Flight
Scheduler; this person is right in your flight room and "slings the pucks" for the student flight
schedule. If you have a scheduling issue, you talk to this person. Some cultural differences
between the Navy and the Air Force arise with how your schedule is written. You might as well
forget "sniveling," it does not exist; your schedule is easy to remember, you will be on the
flightline all day.
c. The Duty Desk
The Duty Desk is like the FDO Desk here at Whiting. There is a senior IP at the desk that
oversees flight operations and the execution of the day's schedule. The Duty Desk is going to be
important to you because that is where you will get weather, sign off your Flight Crew
Information Card (FCIF), and sign out airplanes. You will have to go through the Duty Desk
before the morning brief to get your weather and NOTAMS and you will have to go by there to
get your aircraft assignment before you step.
d. The Squadron Command Structure
Since this is your first exposure to an Air Force flying squadron, you should be familiar with
the command structure; for the most part, this same structure is consistent through all of the Air
Force flying squadrons with the exception of the Check Flight.

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