SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
New senior NCOs learned how to further their leadership capabilities during the 50th Force Support Squadron's Senior NCO Professional Enhancement Course Aug. 8-12.
"The course is designed to provide newly selected master sergeants with an in-depth view of their increased supervisory, leadership and managerial responsibilities," said Master Sgt. Heather Abney, Schriever Career Assistance Supervisor. "It also provides assistance in making the transition to senior NCO status more effective."
The course included team building and motivation activities, a class detailing Schriever's history, civilian management, professional military writing and more.
Fellow senior NCOs acted as mentors throughout the duration of the course, assisting students on how to deal with their new roles.
“I really enjoyed the speed mentoring, the Airmen, NCO and senior NCO panels, and the interactions with my peer group,” said Tech. Sgt. Maria Cortez-Jaehnig, 21st Medical Squadron section chief of patient administration. “The mentoring events were important to being able to view challenging situations with a different lens and my peer group was able to relate with relevant examples.”
Towards the end of the course, attendees had an opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from Col. DeAnna Burt and other senior base leadership and engage in a prolonged discussion with them.
"The students had the pleasure in sitting down with Colonel Burt and fellow group commanders for a 'speed mentoring' session in which they dialoged back and forth on Air Force topics in which some touchy subjects were talked about," said Abney. "The commanders were very candid in their feedback and well reciprocated to the students."
At the end of the course, the new senior NCOs earned certificates commemorating their new status in the Air Force’s rank structure.
For Cortez-Jaehnig and other attendees, the course was a crucial step in their Air Force careers.
“Compared to other professional military education courses, this was one of the best due to the constant two-way dialogue and the real life applications,” said Cortez-Jaehnig. “As a new senior NCO in today’s Air Force, I found it is critical to continually hone my leadership skills and strive to become a full range leader. The SNCOPEC brought in daily mentors to convey their varying perspectives, which helped me gain valuable experience.”