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AFGSC Chief’s Orientation delivers a distinct perspective on leadership

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jannelle Dickey
  • Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
 Air Force Global Strike Command held a 5-day orientation course for chief master sergeant selects from AFGSC bases and units Jan. 27-31.

The course was designed to prepare the 22 new leaders of AFGSC's enlisted force.

The Chief Leadership Course, formerly taught at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., was canceled in 2011 due to lack of funding. Subsequently, every MAJCOM was task to develop their own programs utilizing the CLC framework to compensate for the absence of centralized training at Maxwell.

"To ensure we keep teaching our senior enlisted, each of the major commands picked up an orientation course," said Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, AFGSC command chief. "This course is filling in the gap from the loss of the Chief Leadership Course.

Each MAJCOM has a flavor," said Hornback. "There are different leadership dynamics in each major command, so we teach and focus on leading in the dynamic of this command."

The orientation included seminars on professional development, decision making, AFGSC mission and nuclear policy.

"AFGSC, being the newest command in our Air Force inventory, has an enormous responsibility," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Dilt, AFGSC personnel chief enlisted manager, and co-organizer of the week-long course. "We were created to reinvigorate the nuclear enterprise."

The program allows an opportunity to build a baseline of peers to help deal with the coming challenges, Dilt added.

Senior Master Sgt. Nanette Klingaman, security forces manager for the 341st Security Forces Support Squadron at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., said she believed the course gave her a vital tool: contact information.

"The most important thing is networking. Everyone in the room is Global Strike," said Klingaman. "Everyone is reachable and I feel completely comfortable calling upon my peers to assist me in my journey with being a leader."

She went on to explain the significance of developing Airmen and how it is important to mission success.

"We must develop ourselves so we can develop others," she said. "It is a big responsibility and I am extremely excited to have that opportunity."