AFLCMC MSgt. Selected For Officer Training School Amid Intense Competition
By Allyson B. Crawford, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Public Affairs
/ Published November 15, 2020
For Ohio native Master Sgt. Christian Hubbard, joining the Air Force seemed natural since both his parents served. After high school and a year of studying at the University of Cincinnati, Hubbard knew he wanted to go down a different path. With the support and advice of his parents, he enlisted just over 11 years ago.
Now working for the Air Force Metrology and Calibration Program Office in Heath, Ohio, Hubbard spends his time analyzing and evaluating Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratories (PMELs) Air Force-wide. This program office works under the leadership of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) at Wright-Patterson AFB. Hubbard refers to his current role as “behind the scenes” yet critically important to the Air Force mission. He leads Air Force-level assessments for 73 PMELs to ensure the safety, accuracy, and reliability of 670,000 equipment assets worth $1.3B. These assets are used to test various functions on virtually every weapon system in the Air Force inventory.
During a recent review with his superior, Hubbard walked through his career goals and crystallized a plan to apply for Officer Training School (OTS). Historically very competitive, Hubbard knew he would need a great application package to gain acceptance.
To apply for OTS, an Airman must possess a bachelor’s degree, a letter of recommendation from a group commander or equivalent, plus an endorsement from a wing commander or equivalent. Documents like enlisted performance reports and a written statement are required. A board comprised of three colonels review each application package, specifically looking at aptitude and leadership potential. According to Hubbard, there was a 20% selection rate overall for his cohort.
In an email statement to employees, Lieutenant General Shaun Q. Morris, Commander of AFLCMC, said:
“Please join me in congratulating MSgt. Christian Hubbard for his selection for Officer Training School at Maxwell AFB! He is one of only 35 enlisted members competitively selected Air Force-wide by the recent Line Officer Selection Board. We wish him the best as he embarks on this commissioning opportunity.”
Hubbard applied for the aeronautical rating board and was selected for Air Battle Manager (ABM). In this role, Hubbard will provide command and control capabilities to airborne and ground units. He will attend undergraduate ABM training at Tyndall AFB for several months before receiving an eventual work assignment.
“I definitely want to serve at least 10 to 20 years as an officer,” explains Hubbard. “I’ve been very fortunate for the last 11 years as an enlisted member. I’ve had a great career thus far. As long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing and the family is happy and healthy, I’ll continue to serve past 20 years until the Air Force tells me to leave. The whole motivation to cross over to the officer side is to better serve and lead.”
Hubbard dedicates a lot of his spare time to strength training sports like weightlifting and USA power lifting as a competitor, coach and referee. He lives with his wife and two children who he says are “very supportive” and excited for new adventures his Air Force career may provide, including moving to different parts of the United States or world.
“I really believe my career is just getting started. I’m looking forward to serving the next 10 to 20 years as a rated officer,” Hubbard says.