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WEDNESDAY 5 QUESTIONS with Tom Adcock NATCA National Training Representative September 18, 2019 What is the purpose behind Every Day is a Training Day? The purpose is to raise the membership's awareness of the importance of training in our profession. We should be looking at it as the need for continual improvement in our profession. It is a process that should not stop throughout our entire careers. From the time we start training in our first facility to the time we hang up our headsets, we should look at training as a way to ensure we are at the top of our game whenever we work traffic. This initiative seems to resemble the goals of the Professional Standards effort in that it promotes the importance of continually looking for ways to improve our performance as a workforce. Is that accurate? Absolutely, part of being a professional is understanding the importance that training plays in improving our performance on a continuous basis. Training needs to be a part of our everyday routine. NATCA and the Air Line Pilots Association, Int'l (ALPA) have a long history of collaboration and solidarity that has advanced the lives and professions of the members of our two great unions. CFS 2019 was proud to welcome ALPA President Capt. Joe DePete as a keynote speaker. DePete expressed support for NATCA's "Every Day Is a Training Day" program and spoke about ALPA's "Trained for Life" training initiative. NATCA was very excited to welcome author and retired USAF fighter and SR-71 pilot Brian Shul back to the CFS stage this year. He is one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71. His amazing life has been marked by perseverance, fearlessness, and pursuing his passion. Shul shared life lessons and emphasized the importance of preparedness and lifelong training for the critical moments that frequently arise for aviation safety professionals. continued on page 5

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