On this episode, I’m interviewing an Air Force Airman First Class (A1C) Shawn White on the 3N0X2 – Broadcast Journalist AFSC.
A1C White is currently stationed at Dyess AFB, and assigned to the 7 Bomb Wing Public Affairs. He hails from the San Antonio, TX area, and saw the Air Force as a way to serve his country and to make his Dad proud, a retired E-9 Marine.
Below you’ll find some takeaways from the interview, a little bit of an overview of the AFSC, and some examples of his amazing videography. A1C White and the 7th BW/PA have a weekly news round-up show that really utilizes most of their editing skills. You’ll want to check it out below.
Also, there are two videos below on SSgt Dixon’ Legacy as a ball turret gunner in WWII, as well as the video on Jack Hinkle, a Vietnam Vet, that A1C Drawdy mentioned in Episode 006 of the Podcast. Both videos are tremendously moving.
CORRECTION: In the recording of this episode, I stated the incorrect AFSC for the Broadcast Journalist career field. For clarification, it is the 3N0X2 AFSC. Thanks for the feedback from listeners!
Some of the biggest things that I took away from this very informative interview was:
1. The Broadcast Journalist career field is diverse. You’ll learn radio, film and public relations. This is just the start, because you’ll learn much more at your first duty station.
2. Broadcast Journalist are one of the few specialist whose job is to be creative! There are not many jobs like this in the Air Force. Well, maybe the 3N0X5 – Photojournalist AFSC.
3. One of the hardest blocks in tech school is the speaking/pronunciation phase. There you’ll learn how bad you actually speak! Not for the self-conscious folks.
4. You’ll have skills that are directly transferable to a civilian career.
Here’s a little overview of the AFSC:
Duties. Plans, organizes, coordinates, and conducts command information, community engagement, and media operations activities. Provides operational war fighting documentation; supports Air Force [or DOD] communication efforts by preparing material for use by internal and external audiences, and conducts broadcast and production operations. Transmits audio and video through secure and unsecure systems.
1. You’ll need at least a 72 general score on the ASVAB
2. There are roughly 474 people within the AFSC, with 303 males (63.92%) and 171 females (36.08%).
3. Tech School is 77 classroom days at Fort Mead, MD.
4. Lastly, you’ll earn credits toward a CCAF degree in Mass Communication.
Some Work and Contributions from A1C White's Portfolio:
News Ab Alto: Dyess AFB Weekly News Round-up!
This is a unique show that the 7th BW/PA hosts. They are in front of the camera, use studio lighting and utilize almost the entire Adobe suite to include a heavy emphasis on Adobe After Effects. It's a great way to use all of the teams talents.
Legacy of SSgt Dixon
Carol Dixon sits down and tells the story of her husband Staff Sergeant William Dixon. SSgt Dixon was a World War II ball turret gunner.
Jack Hinkle: Vietnam War Veteran
The Vietnam War was more violent and deadly than you could imagine. Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Jack Hinkle shares his experiences on the front lines as a U.S. Marine Corps rifleman. He remembers his fallen brothers, shares his struggles with PTSD and his experience returning home from the war. Dyess Air Force Base commanders helped present and honor veterans for the "50th Anniversary Vietnam War Commemoration" ceremony.
Want to learn more about the different AFSCs?
Check out the Individual Job pages. Each AFSC has a dedicated page with description, ASVAB requirements, CCAF Degrees, YouTube videos, and more. I created these to help you research what jobs are available to you and which ones meet your career goals.