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Public Affairs Officer

Overview: Telling the story of the Air Force Reserve and serving as the official channel for both internal and external communications are responsibilities of Public Affairs officers. They have to be adept at both written and verbal communications, skilled in dealing with all forms of media from traditional broadcast networks to social media and always vigilant that information provided does not jeopardize national security.

Position: Officer


Specific Tasks:

  • Develop liaison and working relationships with media representatives, civilian organizations, government agencies as well as Reserve and active duty units 
  • Plan communications to ensure military and civilian members are informed about current issues and policies of the local installation, major command and HQ USAF 
  • Direct program activity of Armed Forces Radio and Television service 
  • Direct operation of base newspapers, websites and other communications channels 
  • Plan communication strategies to correct misunderstandings, problems or friction that may develop


  • Bachelor's Degree; undergraduate academic specialization is desirable in communication, journalism and related programs, psychology, international relations, national security, political science and government or marketing 
  • Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
  • A valid state driver’s license to operate government motor vehicles
  • No record of disciplinary action (Letter of Reprimand [LOR] or Article 15) for:
    • Failure to exercise sound leadership principles, especially with respect to morale or welfare of subordinates
    • Engaging in an unprofessional or inappropriate relationship as defined in AFI 36-2909
    • Taking or failing to take action in situations, thereby exhibiting a lack of integrity
    • A violation of Article 107, false official statements
  • No convictions by a general, special or summary courts-martial
  • Never been convicted by a civilian court of a Category 1, 2, or 3 offense, nor exceeded the accepted number of Category 4 offenses. Category 3 and 4 traffic offenses alone are not disqualifying.
  • No Unfavorable Information File
  • No recoreded evidence of substance abuse, emotional instability, personality disorder, or other unresolved mental health problems
  • Eligibility for a Secret security clearance


  • For those without a prior military service commission, successful completion of the eight-week Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB, AL is required