Execution Through Engagement
By Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 129th Rescue Wing Human Resources Advisor
/ Published September 08, 2010
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- As soon as newly enlisted Airmen in the Air National Guard step into their careers, an opportunity unlike any other military service, including the active duty Air Force and its reserves component, is offered.
Leadership development begins the moment men and women join the United States Air Force.
Along with their enlistment and transition to becoming an Airmen, new Guardsmen are immediately enrolled in the Community College of the Air Force and assigned to Student Flight where they are introduced to the Air Force's and Air National Guard's way of life, to include our core values, our mission, the total force concept, customs and courtesies, drill and ceremony, the chain of command, ancillary training, etc.
As our Airmen continue along their career paths they are subject to some of our military services' premier professional military education such as Airman Leadership School, Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Senior Non-Commissioned Officers Academy, Air and Space Basic Course, Squadron Officers School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.
It is important that this knowledge we gain from our PME is passed along to other Airmen within our organizations. One way of doing so is through mission-driven mentoring.
At the 129th Rescue Wing, it is essential to the success of our mission that we as leaders ensure that our greatest assets are mentored. We must motivate and encouraged our Airmen to engage in career, leadership and force development opportunities as they are the future leaders of our organization.
This begins with the very first hand-shake that we extend to them as it is at this time that they are looking for our leadership and guidance to help shape and mode their careers and transform into tomorrow's leaders. It is our duty to educate our fellow Airmen by converting our ANG training, education, and experiences into opportunities for them to use as they progress in career, leadership and force development.
We must also provide our Airmen with the resources available (e.g. family readiness, legal and chaplain assistance, and other support agencies) to assist them throughout their growth process in all aspects of their lives which in turn will be beneficial to our mission as well as the strength of our nation.
As we continue to push the Flywheel and raise the bar that the Air National Guard Office of Cultural Leadership and Development has set for us, continue the Flywheel Momentum by interweaving these points into your agendas for all meetings and monthly roll-calls:
₋ Strategic execution is shared and formulated to build upon the future vitality of our force. Without a doubt, engaged Airmen are on the pursuit of excellence!
₋ In the words of former President John F. Kennedy, we must "... think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
Ask yourself: What did I do today to push on the flywheel?
₋ What is your personal commitment to support and develop Airmen to lead?
₋ What contributions are you making to engage your Airmen in preparing themselves for future possibilities?
₋ Do you lead so that your Airmen can tell their Airmen that you stood for something and you acted on it?