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3D1X7, Cable and Antenna Systems

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3D1X7, Cable and Antenna Systems AFSC is officially established on November 1, 2009. It was created by converting AFSC 2E6X2. Cable and Antenna Systems specialists provide command and control (C2) capabilities through installation, maintenance, fault isolation, and reconstitution of fixed cable and wireless distribution systems, local area networks (LAN), and wide area networks (WAN) in support of tactical and strategic operations. They monitor and analyze performance of underground, buried, and aerial cable and antenna networks.

Specific Duties

Specific duties of this AFSC include:

Installs, maintains, reconstitutes, removes, and modifies copper core, coaxial, waveguide, and fiber optic cable and antenna systems. Climbs antenna support structures and wooden poles to various heights for maintenance and installation actions on cable and antenna systems. Installs and maintains dedicated local area network (LAN) and wide area network (WAN) media distribution systems, including distribution system interior wiring. Uses drawings, task lists, instructions, and technical data to work on copper core, coaxial, waveguide, fiber optic cable, and antenna systems. Installs distribution equipment. Terminates copper core and fiber optic cables on main distribution frames and interface equipment. Operates and performs maintenance on tools, test equipment, auxiliary equipment, and vehicles such as backhoes, trenchers, cable trailers, cable reel trucks, and antenna construction vehicles.

Locates, repairs, and replaces faulty closures in copper core, waveguide, coaxial, and fiber optic cable systems. Performs pneumatic troubleshooting to locate faulty splice closures and demivalve assemblies. Excavates and backfills splice pits. Seals cables, repairs demivalves, and adjusts pressure transmitters and contactors. Installs and maintains aerial cable support structures such as pole line and suspension strands. Installs underground cable, uses duct rods, cleans cable duct systems, prepares the pulling apparatus, and pulls in and temporarily bonds cable. Installs, maintains, and marks path of buried cable systems.

Job Training

Initial Skills Training (Tech School): AF Technical School graduation results in the award of a 3-skill level (apprentice). Following Air Force Basic Training, airmen in this AFSC attend the following course(s):

  • Course # J8ABR3D137 0A2A, Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Apprentice course at Sheppard AFB, Witchita Falls, Tx - approximately 55 class days.

Certification Training: After tech school individuals report to their permanent duty assignment, where they are entered into 5-level (technician) upgrade training. This training is a combination of on-the-job task certification, and enrollment in a correspondance course called a Career Development Course (CDC). Once the airman's trainer(s) have certified that they are qualified to perform all tasks related to that assignment, and once they complete the CDC, including the final closed-book written test, they are upgraded to the 5-skill level, and are considered to be "certified" to perform their job with minimal supervision.

Advanced Training: Upon achieving the rank of Staff Sergeant, airmen are entered into 7-level (craftsman) training. A craftsman can expect to fill various supervisory and management positions such as shift leader, element NCOIC (Noncommissioned Officer in Charge), flight superintendent, and various staff positions. Upon promotion to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant, personnel convert to AFSC 3D190, Cyber Operations Superintendent. 3D190 personnel provide direct supervision and management to personnel in AFSCs 3D1X1, 3D1X2, 3D1X3, 3D1X4, 3D1X5, 3D1X6 and 3D0X7. A 9-level can expect to fill positions such as flight chief, superintendent, and various staff NCOIC jobs.

Assignment Locations:

  • ANDERSEN AB GUAM
  • ANDREWS AFB MD
  • AVIANO AB ITALY
  • BARKSDALE AFB LA
  • BROOKS AFB TX
  • CHROUGHTON RAF UK
  • DOVER AFB DE
  • EGLIN AFB FL
  • EIELSON AFB AK
  • ELMENDORF AFB AK
  • F E WARREN WY
  • FAIRCHILD AFB WA
  • GRANDFORKS AFB ND
  • HICKAM AFB HI
  • HILL AFB UT
  • HURLBURT FIELD FL
  • INCIRLIK TURKEY
  • KADENA AB RYUKU OKINAWA
  • KEESLER AFB MS
  • KELLY AFB TX
  • KIRTLAND AFB NM
  • KUNSAN AB KOREA
  • L G HANSCOM FLD MA
  • LACKLAND AFB TX
  • LAJES FLD AZORES
  • LANGLEY AFB VA
  • LITTLE ROCK AFB AR
  • MACDILL AFB FL
  • MALMSTROM AFB MT
  • MAXWELL AFB AL
  • MCCHORD AFB WA
  • MCCLELLAN AFB CA
  • MCCONNELL AFB KS
  • MCGUIRE AFB NJ
  • MINOT AFB ND
  • MOLESWORTH/RAF UK
  • NELLIS AFB NV
  • OFFUTT AFB NE
  • OSAN AB KOREA
  • PETERSON AFB CO
  • POPE AFB NC
  • RAMSTEIN AB GERMANY
  • RANDOLPH AFB TX
  • SCOTT AFB IL
  • SHEPPARD AFB TX
  • SPANGDAHLEM AB GERMANY
  • TRAVIS AFB CA
  • TYNDALL AFB FL
  • WHITEMAN AFB MO
  • WRIGHT PATTERSON AFB OH
  • YOKOTA AB JAPAN

Average Promotion Times (Time in Service)

Airman (E-2): 6 months
Airman First Class (E-3): 16 months
Senior Airman (E-4): 3 years
Staff Sergeant (E-5): 4.85 years
Technical Sergeant (E-6): 10.88 years
Master Sergeant (E-7): 16.56 years
Senior Master Sergeant (E-8): 20.47 years
Chief Master Sergeant (E-9): 23.57 years

Required ASVAB Composite Score: M-55 or E-55

Security Clearance Requirement: Secret

Strength Requirement: H

Other Requirements

  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Completion of high school is mandatory.
  • Additional courses in mathematics, physics, or information technologies are desirable.
  • Normal color vision
  • The ability to obtain a government license is mandatory.
  • Normal depth perception and normal gait and balance
  • Physical ability to perform climbing duties and freedom from fear of heights and claustrophobia

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