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VECTOR facilitates open Airmen-supervisor communication

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Team Schriever will offer an Airman and Supervisor Vital Effective Character Through Observation and Reflection, or VECTOR, class for the first time from noon to 4 p.m. on April 15 at the 50th Space Wing Headquarters, Room 310.

According to the Professional Development Center website, the Airman and Supervisor VECTOR was designed to partner Airmen and their supervisors to learn and make commitments to each other that will positively affect their units.

"The idea is for Airmen and their supervisors to improve their mission effectiveness by sharing thoughts and ideas on four general topics," said retired Chief Master Sgt. Bob Vasquez, who will be teaching the class. "Those topics are values, purpose, vision and influence."

The interactive workshop will begin with exploring those topics as individuals then consider how to apply what's been learned on an individual basis to the work group. On a regular basis, Vasquez teaches the class to U.S. Air Force Academy cadets as part of the Academy's Center for Character and Leadership Development.

Master Sgt. Heather Abney, Schriever career assistance advisor, said both the Airman and the supervisor must attend the class.

"People always come into my classroom talking about how their supervisors do not understand them, they don't know how to communicate, or they are not [on] the same page," Abney said. "Meanwhile, the supervisors also come in and say the exact same thing. Basically with this class, it comes down to communication and being able to get to the end-goal, which is the mission."

They will learn how to communicate with each other, how to let each other know when there is something bothering them, how to know when to talk to each other as well as how to get to know each other.

"If you don't have that communication line between the subordinate and the supervisor, it will affect job accomplishment as well as the mission," Abney said. "It may test the waters between them because who wants to attend a class with their supervisors and talk about their differences. However, the common goal is to have them communicate."

Additionally, Abney hopes that after the class, Airmen and supervisors will have a more open and honest dialogue.

"Hopefully, there's no tension," she said. "When the Airman and the supervisor have a problem, hopefully, they can go straight to that individual instead of going behind their back. They can say 'hey, let's communicate this and get this on the table.'"

The class is open to Airmen and supervisors, both military and civilian.

"The biggest value for this class is when an Airman and supervisor get the same training on values, and make a commitment to improve that area of life in their squadron," Abney said.

Additionally, the center offers other classes such as Professional Writing Seminar, Informed Decision Briefing and NCO Professional Enhancement Course. For more information, visit https://eis.afspc.af.mil/unit/50sw/50FSS/PDC/default.aspx or call Abney at 567-5927.
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