December 16, 2016

Edwards ALS graduates largest class ever

Kenji Thuloweit
Edwards AFB, Calif.

Left to right: Col. Jason Schott, 412th Test Wing vice commander, presents the Airman Leadership School John L. Levitow Award to Senior Airman Donald Badgett, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, along with Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons, 412th TW command chief. The Levitow award is presented to the student that demonstrated the most outstanding leadership and scholastic qualities.

The 412th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., ended 2016 on a high note by graduating 44 senior airmen and one civilian Dec. 8.

According to 412th Test Wing leadership and ALS staff, the newest crop of graduates is one for the record books.

“Class 17A was the largest class in Edwards history,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Magas, ALS commandant. “The increase in class size is driven by Air Force Total Force initiatives aimed at a greater inclusion of Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard in-residence Enlisted Professional Military Education experiences. This allows our brothers and sisters in arms the opportunity to otherwise get a full ALS experience rather than an online version of the course.”

The Air Force Total Force program also allows civilian Airmen to attend ALS. In February, two civilians from Edwards were the first to graduate from ALS in Air Force Materiel Command.

Air Guard and Air Reserve Airmen are nominated through their respective commands and assigned ALS slots where available, including at Edwards, which Magas said is very accommodating to higher-headquarter needs.

“I personally feel it’s the best thing we could have ever done within the EPME community. Regardless of our Air Force component, we serve as Airmen and should be trained in the same regard,” Magas said.

ALS is a five-week United States Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on building leadership and team development abilities as well as effective communication.

Wing leadership says they would also like to expand ALS in the future by inviting sister service and foreign military members on base to attend.

Donald Badgett, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, was the John L. Levitow Award Winner.

The 412th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School Class 17A graduated 44 senior airmen and one civilian Dec. 8, 2016, at Club Muroc.

The John Levitow Award is the highest award presented at Airman Leadership School. The Levitow Award is presented to the student that demonstrated the most outstanding leadership and scholastic qualities. Selection for the Levitow award is based on academic performance and assignment of points by peers and instructors

Sean Smith, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, and Jesse Chavez, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, were Distinguished Graduates.

The Distinguished Graduate Award is presented to the next (10 percent of graduates) person with the highest overall average in all graded areas, and demonstrated a high level of leadership skills.

Douglas Gore, 412th Maintenance Squadron, received the Commandant’s Award, which is presented to the student who has displayed all the characteristics of an effective leader, but is not based at all on academic standings.

And Matthew Watters, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, was named the Academic Achiever Award recipient. The award is presented to the student with highest overall average on all academic evaluations.

Other graduates of ALS Class 17A

  • George Forder, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Jeffrey Warner, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Jerome Hughes, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Sirshawn Kirby, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Ronald E. Mansfield III, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Timothy Konrad, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Aaron Jaime, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Shelby Throckmorton, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Mitchell J.Mosier, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Keenan Gibbsaustin, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Eric Penokie, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Austin Leachman, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
  • Brandon Gordon, 412th Comptroller Squadron
  • Ryan Chong, 412th Communications Squadron
  • Michael Kaszuba, 412th Maintenance Group
  • Kenroy Steele, 412th Maintenance Squadron
  • Kevin Hitchcock, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Cristina Little, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Savanna Hignojoz, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Anthony Cavallo, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Keneshia Tinniehill, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Jonathan Slusser, 412th Security Forces Squadron
  • Alexis Connors, 412th Medical Operations Squadron
  • Austin Duncan, 412th Medical Operations Squadron
  • Christopher Ramos (civilian), 812th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Victoria Corley, 412th Test Wing
  • Steven Barnes, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group (Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.)
  • Virginia Guitierrez, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group
  • Aaron Gross, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron
  • Terrell Harris, 912th Air Refueling Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, Calif.)
  • Kyle Hauck, 912th Air Refueling Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, Calif.)
  • Rachel Kane, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
  • Ryhan Gage, 452nd Force Support Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, Calif.)
  • Andrea Bower, 56th Aerial Port Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, Calif.)
  • Thomas Rocky, 452nd Maintenance Squadron
  • Thomas Collins, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Evan Williams, 146th Logistics Readiness Squadron (California Air National Guard, Oxnard, Calif.)
  • John Raymer, 150th Civil Engineer Flight
  • Andres Garciaacosta, 144th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Amethyst Jefferson, 144th Civil Engineer Squadron

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