Captain Jacob Allen

KC-135 Instructor Pilot & Operations Group Executive Officer

 

Where did you see your career going when you were a cadet? 
When I was a cadet I planned on being a pilot. I studied Mechanical Engineering with the goal of attending Test Pilot School.

Has it followed that path? How or how not?

I am currently a pilot and flying the KC-135. Test Pilot School is still an option I am considering, but there are other programs (Phoenix Horizon) that I am now more interested in pursuing.

What is your job in the Air Force right now?

I am a KC-135 Instructor Pilot and the Operations Group Executive Officer.

What do you like most about it?

As an Instructor I get to teach students in training programs and fly with unqualified pilots. I really enjoy teaching them. The lifestyle of the KC-135 is the reason I chose to fly the Tanker. In my opinion it is the most family-friendly community of all the airframes in the Air Force inventory. It is an older plane that requires the pilots to actually fly it rather than monitoring an automated system.

As the Ops/Gp Executive Officer I work directly for the Group Commander. I get to assist with a lot of cool programs (mostly flying related) and activities (SECAF/CSAF visits). I review awards packages, performance reports, and perform other administrative functions.

What do you like least about it?

In ROTC I thought that I would fly almost every day. Unfortunately, I usually only fly once or twice a week. Every pilot will do their additional duties more than fly.

What advice do you have for future/current cadets as they pursue careers in the military?

Work hard and volunteer. Stay fit! Leadership is always watching so be professional and set the standard.

How did ROTC prepare you for your job now?

ROTC at BYU taught me to work hard, do my best, and focus on controlling what is in my power. Stop worrying about the rest! So much of what happens in the military is all about timing. Good people will always miss out on assignments or get passed over for promotion, but in the end "the cream always rises to the top."