Growing, developing with ALS

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  • By Airman 1st Class Denise Nevins
  • 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
Prior to joining the NCO corps of the Air Force, senior airmen are put through the first round of professional military education, Airman Leadership School.

The five-week course places senior airmen in real-world situations to provide them hands-on leadership training while also gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning behind being an NCO.

"During ALS, Airmen are taught what it takes to be an effective supervisor," said Staff Sgt. Aaron Bonner, 28th Force Support Squadron ALS instructor. "The scenarios we provide them are situations they could encounter in the workplace, and they learn how to handle said situations."

In addition to building on fundamentals, future supervisors also get the chance to experience and learn about interpersonal communication and how it factors into managing people.

"When it comes to interpersonal communication, we teach Airmen how to master finding out the underlying causes of many issues," Bonner said. "For example, if an Airman comes into their shop late or in a bad uniform, we want to correct the problem without ignoring the root of the problem, if possible."

While the Airmen attending ALS receive many benefits from the skills they learn, Bonner noted that being an ALS instructor also has its advantages.

"The biggest benefit I get out of being an ALS instructor is seeing how far these Airmen progress during their time at ALS," he said. "Seeing them grow and develop in their leadership skills and walk across the stage on graduation day as a class is such a great feeling."