Air Force

February 14, 2014

Lightning Leadership: developing Airmen to lead

Tags:
Staff Sgt. DARLENE SELTMANN
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs photojournalist

Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, 56th Fighter Wing command chief, leads a discussion during Lightning Leadership Feb. 7 at the Navy Operational Support Center at Luke Air Force Base. Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders through guided discussions.

Airmen from across base gathered to learn about leadership techniques in a professional development program designed to promote leadership through a series of guided discussions.

“Lightning Leadership is a course designed to enhance and develop leaders at Luke,” said Master Sgt. Erik Bensen, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant. “We do this through attendees’ input and participation in the sessions.”

The program was started last year by Chief Master Sgt. David Staton, former 56th Fighter Wing command chief. Staton saw a need to spend more time on leadership development and hand-picked a few senior NCOs who demonstrated strong leadership and a passion to develop Airmen.

Chief Master Sgt. John Mazza, current 56th FW command chief, has eagerly stepped in and advanced the program.

“These subjects are near and dear to my heart, and getting the opportunity to speak to the class was absolutely the highlight of my week,” Mazza said. “It was an opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. I taught two classes and learned a lot from the students.”

Professional military education and the standard professional enhancement courses provide supervisors with basic tools to better lead their Airmen, Bensen said.

“This course is designed to build upon those basics for the NCOs and senior NCOs,” he said. “For the Airmen group, the intent is to introduce those ideas and discuss ways to apply them in both their current positions and as future supervisors.”

The hope is that attendees take what they learn back to their work centers and apply it. In doing so, everyone benefits, he said.

“I think this program is important because not only is it an addition to PME, it’s an opportunity for a small group of senior NCOs from the top three to mentor approximately 60 individuals in each session,” Mazza said. “These days we get a lot of information through email, text and social media, and this course gives us an opportunity to be in an actual classroom and have that face-to-face interaction.”

Although the topics change during each session, they are all important subjects to remember and embrace as a leader. This month was about character and respect.

Without those two core components, discipline breaks down, Mazza said. It’s important to make sure those are more than just words – they have to be something we live every day and that drives us in the Air Force.

There are currently 11 senior NCOs on the Lightning Leadership committee who keep the program successful. They are responsible for developing the course curriculum and leading the discussions.

Various levels of leadership, including the command chief and the wing commander, have also taken time to mentor and share their perspective with Airmen in the course.

“Leadership is vital to our Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Mike Rothstein, 56th Fighter Wing commander. “The earlier Airmen begin to learn how to lead, the better prepared they’ll be for a successful Air Force career or anything else they might do in life.”

The Lightning Leadership courses will be offered every two months. The next sessions will be held in April. For more information on upcoming sessions, email llc@us.af.mil.




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


 
 

 

Lightning II debrief …

Staff Sgt. Staci Miller Senior Airman Roger Combs, 61st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, downloads information from an F-35 Lightning II engine at Luke Air Force Base. Since 2010, more than 1,800 maintainers have been trained on the F-35. The first production F-35A rolled out of assembly in February 2006 in Fort Worth, Texas. Later...
 
 
Courtesy graphic

Commons provides ‘crib’ for Airmen

Courtesy graphic The Community Commons concept design. Renovation has begun and will be completed in May 2016. The Luke Air Force Base Community Center, Bldg. 700, where the 56th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Wellness Center resi...
 
 

How do you stack up?

With upcoming changes to the enlisted performance report and Air Force promotion system, it’s important to understand how you stack up against your peers, not only within your job, but within your unit as well. The days of receiving time in grade and time in service points are numbered. They are being replaced with a...
 

 

CCAF offers jump on education

The Community College of the Air Force was established in 1972 to recognize academic achievements for technical training by Air Force schools. It awards an associate in applied science degree to enlisted members of the active-duty Air Force, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command who have completed the course work. Degree programs are...
 
 
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...
 
 
4_150710-F-NQ441-5x7-036

Salutes and Awards

FWSA announce awards The following individuals are quarterly awards winners: 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies Airman: Senior Airman Leanne Mathews NCO: Staff Sgt. Natalie Nelson Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Deanna Commack Company gr...
 




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>