Rising leaders complete first State Enlisted Development Program

Airmen who attended the State Enlisted Development Program participate in an open ranks inspection at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. This was the first time all Wisconsin ANG Airmen were invited to complete the course as a single unit. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Airmen who attended the State Enlisted Development Program participate in an open ranks inspection at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. This was the first time all Wisconsin ANG Airmen were invited to complete the course as a single unit. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Five Wisconsin Air National Guard Airmen practice sitting on a board the final day of the State Enlisted Development Program at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 24, 2014. After 12 months of training during unit training assemblies, the group was put to the test with various scenarios they will encounter as ANG leaders. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Five Wisconsin Air National Guard Airmen practice sitting on a board the final day of the State Enlisted Development Program at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 24, 2014. After 12 months of training during unit training assemblies, the group was put to the test with various scenarios they will encounter as ANG leaders. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Airmen who took part in the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program had the opportunity to ask questions to a leadership panel at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. The Airmen learned about the paths these leaders took to get where they are today. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Airmen who took part in the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program had the opportunity to ask questions to a leadership panel at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. The Airmen learned about the paths these leaders took to get where they are today. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. Cullen, Wisconsin’s senior enlisted leader, inspects Airmen who attended the second phase of the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. Twenty-one Airmen from across the state of Wisconsin graduated the following day. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. Cullen, Wisconsin’s senior enlisted leader, inspects Airmen who attended the second phase of the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. Twenty-one Airmen from across the state of Wisconsin graduated the following day. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. Cullen, Wisconsin’s senior enlisted leader, prepares to inspect Airmen during open ranks at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. The Airmen attended the second phase of the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. Cullen, Wisconsin’s senior enlisted leader, prepares to inspect Airmen during open ranks at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 23, 2014. The Airmen attended the second phase of the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Tech. Sgt. Dawn Putzke, 128th Civil Engineering Squadron, reads through the Air Force Writing Guide during one of the State Enlisted Development Program classes at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 24, 2014. Dawn was one of 21 participants to complete the inaugural course. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

Tech. Sgt. Dawn Putzke, 128th Civil Engineering Squadron, reads through the Air Force Writing Guide during one of the State Enlisted Development Program classes at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, Wis., April 24, 2014. Dawn was one of 21 participants to complete the inaugural course. (Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Andrea F. Liechti)

VOLK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Wis. --

 A group of Wisconsin Air National Guardsmen graduated from the inaugural State Enlisted Development Program at Volk Field Air National Guard Base, April 24.

 

Command Chief Master Sgt. Gregory A. Cullen, Wisconsin ANG's senior enlisted leader, said the program development began after he received an inquiry from Chief Master Sgt. Chad Gibson, 128th Air Refueling Wing human resource advisor, about combining the Wisconsin unit development programs.

 

"Prior the State Enlisted Development Course, each unit had their own program," Cullen said. "It was our goal to develop a curriculum they could all use."

 

The working group that came together during the planning portion of the program included subject matter experts and senior non-commissioned officers who volunteered to share their knowledge. Once the curriculum was developed, teachers were selected at each unit to run the courses.

 

For phase one of the program, Airmen were required to complete eight out of twelve classes during their unit training assembly weekends. Once they met that initial requirement, they qualified for phase two.

 

"It definitely took a lot of time out of our schedules," said Staff Sgt. Amanda Dickenson, 115th Fighter Wing command post controller. "The support we received from our supervisor allowed three out of the nine of us to meet the requirements necessary to attend this three-day event."

 

The phase two, three-day event was comprised of classes including customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, feedback workshops, profession of arms, open ranks and writing exercises.  The classes were the final conclusion of coursework Airmen in attendance began in May 2013.

 

The course allowed Airmen from different Wisconsin units a chance to learn from each other and meet people they wouldn't have normally spoken with.

 

"We don't always get to see many faces from around the base," Dickenson said. "It was a great way to get out and network. The instructors provided us with knowledge necessary to become strong and effective Air National Guard leaders."

 

The 21 attendees graduated immediately following their completion of phase two. The graduates' family members were invited to attend a short ceremony that included an overview of the program, a speech by Brig. Gen. Gary L. Ebben, assistant adjutant general for Air, and the awards distribution.

 

"It's been a true team effort," Cullen said. "These Airmen are an asset to the Wisconsin Air National Guard. I couldn't be more proud right now -- not only of the students but the teachers, too."

 

The next classes are scheduled to begin during the May unit training assembly.

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