Ellsworth’s ALS team introduces spouse’s orientation program

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  • By Senior Airman Denise M. Jenson
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
The Airman Leadership School on Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., introduced a new spouse’s orientation program at the Samuel O. Turner building Jan. 12, 2018. The purpose of the course is to inform spouses on the part they play in the success of an ALS student, as well as teach customs and courtesies, how to react in a formal setting, and how to dress at graduation.

“This program was designed to give spouses a first-hand look on what is and is not appropriate,” said Master Sgt. Kevin Davis, the ALS commandant assigned to the 28th Force Support Squadron. “If those kind of things aren’t communicated, how will they ever know?”

From the importance of networking to appropriate attire for graduations and formal events, Airmen and their spouses had the opportunity to ask questions and find support.

“I felt I was better prepared for the graduation after attending the orientation,” said Megan Flores, the spouse of Senior Airman Amel Garcia, a 28th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical systems journeyman. “It was so nice to get clarification on things like what to wear, and I was able to get certain questions answered.”

With these newly learned skills, spouses now have a better understanding of what their Airmen go through and how they can support them.

“The hope is this program not only teaches them the p’s and q’s or proper etiquette but also how they can help support their spouse during times of [professional military education] and other events,” Davis said.