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Total Force Leadership Development comes to Team Schriever

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 50th Space Wing leadership wants Team Schriever to ask themselves if they are reaching their full potential, both professionally and personally. Toward that end, Schriever will be the seventh Air Force installation to launch the Total Force Leadership Development Program Aug. 12.
For the first time here all military, civilians and contractors will have the opportunity to attend a dynamic leadership experience encompassing practical leadership lessons using John Maxwell's leadership material.

Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50 SW command chief, and other wing leadership recognized the need for opportunities for professional development the base could provide and wanted to support in any way possible. 

"No matter where we are in our careers, we are all leaders," said Bentivegna. "We should always be asking ourselves 'How do I become more efficient and more effective?  And how do I push myself to go to the next level?'"

He said you can't do that on your own. So that's where leadership development comes into play.

"It's not military specific, it's not civilian specific, really it's leadership specific," said Chief Master Sgt. Rodney Deese, 50th Network Operations Group and Total Force Leadership Development trainer. "We all work together so why not learn together?"

The three-hour seminar will be filled with video presentations and engaging discussion aimed to assist each attendee in reaching their full potential.
"This program has been implemented at six other Air Force installations," said Deese. "It has been wildly successful. In fact, the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force has been briefed on this program."

Military and civilians alike are both eligible for professional military education at some point in their careers. Deese stressed training can include gaps of several years.

His hope is this training bridges the gap.

"This is a stop-gap between various phases of PME," Deese said. "All capital 'A' Airmen are hungry to learn so let's feed them."

The training is also unique in that it does not discriminate on rank or status.

"We work together to execute the mission as a team, we innovate as a team so our professional development should be as a team," said Bentivegna. "We are going to learn together, grow together and fight together."

That's why the training is all-encompassing.

"Within this program, learning takes place when participants engage in real dialogue," said Deese. "Leadership lessons are as old as time. We're not teaching anything new. We just want people to think about their behavior and how it impacts the work center and how that impacts the mission."

For more information, or to sign up for the class, please email Master Sgt. Jeramey Conley at

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