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The trial tested the possibility of sending Airmen from basic military training straight to their assigned base. As a result of the program’s success, the Personnel Apprentice Course leadership implemented the program for their class of prior-service students. “We were hoping to speed up the training for students and save valuable resources,” said Jennifer DesJardin, 335th Training Squadron PAC instructor supervisor. “Eliminating the need for travel saves time and money and allows students to stay with their families.” The students cross-trained to become personnel apprentices, a job which includes analyzing Air Force policy and providing recommendations to leadership and Airmen on benefits, entitlements, career progression, retention and relocation programs. The class of nine students were made up of active duty Airmen, guardsmen and reservists. Three members of the class initially served in other military branches. Being able to attend the class online allowed Staff Sgt. Ambreh Miranda, 129th Civil Engineering Squadron Moffett Federal Airfield Mountain View, California, customer support administrator, was able to care for her children, who were completing school virtually due to COVID-19. “It was very convenient for me to balance my work and family life,” Miranda said. “Caring for my children in the morning before taking the course at work gave me the read full report opportunity to focus on my training while also caring for my family.” Eliminating travel and quarantine, the class completed the course in four weeks, compared to the projected eight weeks it usually takes, and saved approximately a total of $75,000.

https://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2410736/direct-to-duty-technical-training-program-pacs-a-punch-at-air-force-training/

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reddit https://www.pressherald.com/2020/10/27/new-study-to-look-at-passenger-ferry-between-portland-south-portland/ The $82,000 study is funded largely by the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, a metropolitan planning organization. The city of South Portland is providing a $36,000 local match. Clark said a number of studies in recent years have spoken to the problem, such as the 2018 Smart Corridor Study, which examined traffic issues along a 7-mile corridor connecting Portland and South Portland. According to the study, a sampling of traffic data collected over a 48-hour period in May 2017 on Broadway east of Sawyer Street showed an average count of 13,200 vehicles per day. At peak hours in the morning, the study showed as many as 890 vehicles per hour – and evening peak hours were even worse, with 1,090 vehicles per hour. Clark also noted the governments’ group listed Broadway in general as a priority in a 2016 study, meaning the road will be more likely to get access to federal funding for improvements. Nevajda said the study will likely produce the following recommended changes to improve or reduce traffic flow: Bike infrastructure, including adding bike lanes and/or shared lanes for bikes Sidewalk improvements, including curb extensions and sidewalk crossings Nevajda said the hard part isn’t knowing what to do, but where to do it. The easiest fix would be to widen Broadway and implement all the suggested improvements and benefits such as more turn lanes. The problem is, along much of the way there are too many buildings too close to the road.

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/11/25/traffic-study-seeks-to-solve-snarl-up-in-south-portland/