Air Force

December 20, 2013

ALS unit sponsorship program ‘win-win’ for all

Airman Leadership School students are taught how to raise an antenna mast Dec.10 in the operations area behind the 607th Air Control Squadron schoolhouse. The 607th ACS is the current sponsor for the ALS Unit Sponsorship Program which immerses students in a career field outside their own for half a day to teach them about the unit, how to work as a team and how the Air Force comes together as a whole.

To help Airman Leadership School students grow as future leaders there is a program available to help immerse them into a career field outside their own to gain not only a different perspective, but to see how each unit lends a hand in completing the Air Force mission.

It’s called the ALS Unit Sponsorship program and was an idea sparked by Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander, and implemented by Master Sgt. Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron ALS commandant.

“Toward the end of the five-week ALS course there’s a little bit of downtime, so when I heard of the program I thought it would be perfect to incorporate it at the end of week five,” Poisson said. “The intent of the program is for squadrons to sponsor an ALS class, highlight what they do in their squadron and show the students how they impact the Air Force.”

The program has been in effect since July and is on its third ALS class rotation. The current class visited the 607th Air Control Squadron Dec. 10.

“Our goal was to show the students what we do here, expose them to our mission, our school house and build on the ALS principal of teamwork,” said Master Sgt. Emery Branham, 607th ACS operations superintendant.

The students were split into teams of four and briefed on the scenario in which they would play.

“We introduced them to a scenario similar to the mission in Afghanistan,” Branham said. “We control all the flying assets in our area of responsibility to include reconnaissance, bombers, fighters, tankers and airlift. We are the command and control battle managers for the entire theater.”

Students also raised an antenna mast as well as listened to a real-life recording of an operator directing a pilot on a mission.

“It was cool to be able to do their job and experience what they experience sitting in the equipment room with the headset on and everything,” said Senior Airman Ana King, 56th Dental Squadron dental technician. “From participating in the scenario, I learned that communication is key, which also plays a role in every job since it’s important to be able to communicate with your coworkers.”

For Senior Airman John Dunlap, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron crew chief, the experience has given him a different perspective into what the 607th ACS does.

“This experience was really beneficial to me because I never had any clue how complicated it is to direct pilots beyond what the Airmen in air traffic control do,” Dunlap said. “Being a crew chief, I know a little more about what the pilot deals with in the air and how other jobs help get the mission done as well. My favorite part was simulating being the senior director and forwarding the information to the pilots.”

The next unit sponsor was chosen Dec. 12 by Lt. Col. Charles Jones, 607th ACS commander, during the ALS graduation ceremony.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

Total body conditioning class A new total body conditioning class is 6:30 and 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. The 6:30 a.m. class is broken into two half hour segments to accommodate squadron or individual physical training. The 9 a.m. class is one hour. The class consists of body weight movements and the use of equipment...
 
 
Courtesy photo

Crossing over: Enlisted to officer

Courtesy photo Second Lt. Shaun Chaplain, 56th Comptroller Squadron flight commander, surveys his surroundings at an unnamed deployed location when he was still an enlisted member. From a technical sergeant in cyber operations,...
 
 

Air Force News – July 31, 2015

California The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force is in the process of testing the F-35A Lightning II’s newest munitions asset, a four-barrel Gatling gun that fires 25 mm rounds known as the GAU-22/A. Unlike the Marine Corps and Navy variants, the GAU-22/A is integrated internally to the F-35A.   Bulgaria More than 100...
 

 

People First – July 31, 2015

SecAF addresses priorities at Aspen Security Forum Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James discussed her top national and homeland security issues, as well as current personnel challenges, during a Q-and-A session with Fox News at the sixth annual, three-day Aspen Security Forum in Colorado July 24. Regarding her perspective of the current top U.S....
 
 
Johnny Saldivar

Roberson takes command of AETC

Johnny Saldivar Lt. Gen Darryl Roberson, Air Education and Training Command commander, speaks during the AETC change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas. Roberson is a command pilot who has mor...
 
 

Payday lenders prey on Airmen

Loans can be very useful in life. From paying off bills to moving expenses, loans can help Airmen out when they need it. Sometimes Airmen are attracted to a less than ideal option of obtaining cash other than getting a traditional loan. What they may not realize is that going to a place that offers...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>