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DART: New program fast-tracks first-term Airmen to success

Woman looks in mouth of man lying down.

Laura Driver, 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron general dentist, performs an initial exam on Airman 1st Class Brandon Goodman, 19th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, Mar. 5, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The exam is a deployment readiness requirement. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Hands press down on a CPR dummy

Airman Josh Addis, 19th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment apprentice, performs CPR on a simulated patient Mar. 9, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. CPR aids in maintaining vital flow of blood to the brain and heart. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Airmen run on a track.

Deployed Airmen Readiness Training (DART) perform a mock physical fitness test Mar. 8, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The U.S. Air Force physical fitness test is designed to test the body composition, muscular strength and cardiovascular respiratory fitness of Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Woman holds up piece of gas mask and looks at it.

Airman 1st Class Erica Golliday, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics flight controls apprentice, inspects a component of an MC-80 gas mask during her Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) class Mar. 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The CBRN class ensures Airmen are qualified to properly equip their mission oriented protective posture gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Airmen do push-ups, while other Airmen kneel in front of them.

Deployed Airmen Readiness Training (DART) perform the push-up portion of a mock physical fitness test Mar. 8, 2017, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Airmen can earn up to 10 points from the push-up portion of the physical fitness test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)


Airmen arriving at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., as their first duty station now participate in, Deployment Airmen Readiness Training (DART), immediately after completing the First-Term Airmen Course.

DART is a week-long program designed to allow first-term Airmen the time and resources needed to not only focus on their operational responsibilities, but their strategic mission as well.

“The goal of the DART program is to get Airmen deployment ready as quickly as possible,” said Tech. Sgt. Joshua McFalls, 19th Force Support Squadron NCO in charge of deployment airmen readiness training. “We get them medically ready and finished with all of their computer based training, so they can concentrate on their upgrade training.”

Air mobility operations depend on motivated, innovative and highly trained Airmen. The DART program equips our Airmen with the proper tools, educational opportunities, skills and support systems to effectively accomplish the mobility mission.

“It gets the base ready to deploy essentially,” said Staff Sgt. Chase Hughes, 19th FSS NCO in charge of the First-Term Airmen Course. “It allows each squadron and individual unit to be ready that much quicker. They don’t have to send out their Airmen to do training every week, and the Airmen can then focus on their CDCs and their job. When that happens, you have a deployment and full force ready Airman as soon as possible.”

The DART program covers 14 CBTs, nine in-person requirements and accomplishes a total of 40 hours of prerequisites for the Airmen. This allows them to dedicate their full time and energy towards accomplishing the mission.

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