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366th CS Airmen get transferred to Space Force Guardians

An Airman looks at the new Guardians and congratulates them on their transfer from the Air Force to Space Force.

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, 366th Fighter Wing command chief, congratulates the new Guardians on their transfer to the U.S. Space Force at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. This type of transfer is a historical ceremony that has not occured since the Air Force became established from the Army Air Forces in 1947. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

One Airman officer looks at new Guardians and congratulates them on their transfer to the U.S. Space Force.

U.S. Air Force Col. Rick Goodman, 366th Fighter Wing commander, congratulates the new Guardians on their transfer to the U.S. Space Force at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. This type of transfer is a historical ceremony that has not occured since the Air Force became established from the Army Air Forces in 1947. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

U.S. Space Force Capt. Sean Nuttall swears in the former Airmen into U.S. Space Force Guardians.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th Communications Squadron flight commander (left), swears in Specialist 3 Douglas McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician (mid left), Specialist 3 Tawna Jonak, 366th CS cyber transport technician (mid), and Specialist 3 Brianna Fischer, 366th CS cyber transport technician (right), to the U.S. Space Force at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. Nuttall and the three Guardians applied for selection of transfer, which require that the applying Airmen and officers to fall under a common Air Force Specialty Code within both branches. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

The new Guardians stands tall in their new U.S. Space Force OCP's.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th Communications Squadron flight commander (left), Specialist 3 Douglas McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician (mid left), Specialist 3 Tawna Jonak, 366th CS cyber transport technician (mid right), and Specialist 3 Brianna Fischer, 366th CS cyber transport technician (right), dons their new U.S. Space Force OCPs at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. After applying for the selection of transfer, the Guardians, along with deployed Specialist 3 Terrell Zachary 366th CS client systems technician, were selected to be transferred to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

An Specialist officer and three more Specialist are preparing to cut their cake for the celebration of their transfer to the U.S. Space Force.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th Communications Squadron flight commander (left), Specialist 3 Douglas McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician (mid left), Specialist 3 Brianna Fischer, 366th CS cyber transport technician (mid right) and Specialist 3 Tawna Jonak, 366th CS cyber transport technician (right) pose for a photo at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. The Guardians celebrated their transfer ceremony by preparing to cut the first slice of the cake titled United States Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

Four Guardians, a Airman, a Airman officer and a military spouse pose for a group photo.

U.S. Air Force Col. Rick Goodman, 366th Fighter Wing commander and Chief Master Sgt. Joshua Tidwell, 366th Fighter Wing command chief pose for a group photo with the new U.S. Space Force Guardians and wife of deployed Specialist 3 Terrell Zachary, 366th CS client systems technician, at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. After applying for the selection of transfer, these four Guardians, along with Zachary, were selected to be transferred to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

The new Guardians stand at attention in their new OCPs.

U.S. Space Force Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th Communications Squadron flight commander (left), Specialist 3 Douglas McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician (mid left), Specialist 3 Tawna Jonak, 366th CS cyber transport technician (mid right), and Specialist 3 Brianna Fischer, 366th CS cyber transport technician (right), stand at attention in their new U.S. Space Force OCPs at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. After applying for the selection of transfer, the four Guardians, along with deployed Specialist 3 Terrell Zachary 366th CS client systems technician, were selected to be transferred to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

A standing Airman officer swears in a former standing Airman officer to the U.S. Space Force.

U.S. Air Force Maj. Ira Feliciano, 366th Communications Squadron commander (left) swears in Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th CS flight commander (right), to the U.S. Space Force at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, Feb. 12, 2021. Nuttall was one of the five Airmen who were selected to transfer to the U.S. Space Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Akeem K. Campbell)

MOUNTAIN HOME AIR FORCE BASE, Idaho -- On Feb. 12, 2021, five Airmen from 366th the Communication Squadron (CS) were sworn in and transferred from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) to the U.S. Space Force (USSF). This type of transfer is a historical ceremony that hasn’t occurred since the USAF became established from the Army Air Forces in 1947.

“I was very excited to hear that I was selected to be a part of the USSF,” said Airman 1st Class Douglas Eugene McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician. “It will be amazing to be there from the beginning and see how a new service is set up and how it takes shape.”

According to Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th CS operations flight commander, to qualify for the selection of transfer, the applying Airmen must fall under a common Air Force Specialty Code that is in both branches. For enlisted and officers, the common AFSC are: cyberspace operations, engineering, intelligence and acquisition.

The primary quality the decision board was looking for was space experience. However, if the Airmen or officer doesn’t have that, it did not disqualify them from applying.

“After this, the board looked at various records certifications possessed, expertise levels and other factors to make the final decisions,” Nuttall said. “Being denied acceptance to the USSF did not mean the person had an inadequate job performance, it simply meant the USSF needed someone with a different set of skills and experience.”

During the transfer ceremony, the new Guardians wore their new USSF OCP uniforms, but even though they are recognized as part of the USSF, it might still be a while before they will be able to PCS to their first space assignment.

“One thing that was emphasized by USSF leadership was that a transfer to the USSF does not trigger a PCS, meaning Guardians can still fulfill their PCS contract and stay in MHAFB until its completion,” Nuttall said.

Robert A. Towberman, Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force, said that normal Air Force assignment cycles will still happen on schedule, but they are trying to get their people into USSF assignments as, “fast as practical”.

The following are the former Airmen that transferred to the USSF:

Capt. Sean Nuttall, 366th CS flight commander

Specialist 3 Douglas Eugene McCoppin, 366th CS radio frequency transmission systems technician

Specialist 3 Tawna R. Jonak, 366th CS cyber transport technician

Specialist 3 Brianna Fischer, 366th CS cyber transport technician

Specialist 3 Terrell Zachary 366th CS client systems technician

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