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Schriever hosts first Airman professional enhancement seminar

The 50th Force Support Squadron’s Force Development Flight is scheduled to host Schriever’s first ever Airman professional enhancement seminar Sept. 28-29, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The course is aimed to bridge the gap between the First Term Airman Course and Airmen Leadership School with a focus on leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

The 50th Force Support Squadron’s Force Development Flight is scheduled to host Schriever’s first ever Airman professional enhancement seminar Sept. 28-29, 2020, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. The course is aimed to bridge the gap between the First Term Airman Course and Airmen Leadership School with a focus on leadership skills. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Whitely)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --

The 50th Force Support Squadron’s Force Development Flight is scheduled to host Schriever’s first Airman professional enhancement seminar Sept. 28-29 in the Bldg. 300 Auditorium here.

A professional enhancement seminar is a course that bridges the gap between formal professional development - First Term Airman Course, Airman Leadership School, Noncommissioned Officer Academy, etc. It also helps members build connections through a plethora of conversations and hands-on learning.

“Going to ALS, I felt ill-prepared,” said Staff Sgt. David Gudgeon, 50th FSS FTAC noncommissioned officer in charge and Airman PES team lead. “They throw a lot of information at you, and based on your experiences, it may be the first time you’re presented with it. We want to give Airmen the ability to learn that information sooner, so they’re prepared for [future] courses and so we can shape them into better leaders.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the course size is limited to 20 Airmen with potential to grow depending if/when COVID-19 restrictions ease, seats are available on first-come, first-served basis.

“The course is going to be tailored to the Airmen who attend,” Gudgeon said. “We polled airmen and asked them what they’d want to learn more about and what things would be pertinent to them and that’s how we shaped our curriculum.”

The seminar covers the following:

  • Leadership and followership
  • Leadership scenarios
  • Building connections

Panels will be available for Airmen. The panels are:

  • First Sergeants
  • Senior Leaders
  • Supervisors

Additionally, agencies across the installation are scheduled to brief. Some of the agencies who plan to brief are the Education Center and the Airman and Family Readiness Center.

“We can never provide our Airmen too many tools for success,” said Master Sgt. Bryan Scroggs, 4th Space Operations Squadron first sergeant. “The benefits from attending these courses are endless. Everyone walks out with either a refresher on their knowledge or learns something new they were not tracking before.”

The course is scheduled to be hosted quarterly, but if demand warrants, the course can be held more frequently.

“It’s easy to get stagnant and Airmen may not always be afforded the opportunity to better themselves,” Gudgeon said. “This offers a regulated, periodical training that Airmen can choose to attend to better themselves.”

The two-day course is slated for 8 a.m.-4p.m. on both days and considered an alternate duty location.

“The second [we] stop wanting to expand your professional development is the second we stop evolving as a force,” Scroggs said. “Never settle for knowledge you already feel you have, but strive to gain knowledge and improve every day. Our future as [an Air and Space Force] depends on each and every one of our Airmen and what they all individually bring to the fight.”

To sign-up for the seminar, Airmen can go to https://usaf.dps.mil/teams/12936/default.aspx or call Gudgeon at 567-2447.

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