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Wing training class includes Reserve, Guard students

Both Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard enlisted members took part in a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of last month's NCO Leadership Development Course hosted by the 507th Air Refueling Wing's Training Office.  These course graduates represent the first time local Air National Guard enlisted members have attended the Air Force Reserve Command led training class.

Both Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard enlisted members took part in a graduation ceremony at the conclusion of last month's NCO Leadership Development Course hosted by the 507th Air Refueling Wing's Training Office. These course graduates represent the first time local Air National Guard enlisted members have attended the Air Force Reserve Command led training class.

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Oklahoma -- Twenty one students graduated from the AFRC NCO Leadership Development Course last month in front of a standing-room-only crowd. 

The 507th Air Refueling Wing's Training Office has conducted this Air Force Reserve course on base for several years supporting all reserve enlisted members at Tinker Air Force Base.

During the past year active duty enlisted members have also participated in the course.  According to wing officials this class graduation represented a new first as the first course conducted to included members from the Oklahoma Air National Guard. 

"The graduates of this particular course represent another step forward towards our joint Associate operations here on Tinker AFB," said 507th Air Refueling Wing Commander Col. Jeffery R. Glass.  As a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process, the Air National Guard stood up to an associate mission with the 507th Air Refueling Wing to help fly and maintain the 12 KC-135R aircraft assigned. 

  "The graduates of this class are just one more example of how we plan to work and train together to maintain our mission readiness," Colonel Glass said.

  The leadership course was established in 1989 in response to a need to provide meaningful, challenging leadership training to mid-level enlisted personnel. While geared toward staff and technical sergeants, the course is open to fast-track senior Airmen, active duty, civilian employees and members from other branches of services. 

Staff Sgt. Lindsay Newton, a class graduate from the 513th Air Control Group Maintenance Squadron said, "The class was a great experience. It was great to meet other NCOs from different squadrons and find out how things are accomplished in their unit. There were always really good discussions in the class and several topics covered that would give any individual a new look on things. 

  "The military instructors we had were awesome. We did several activities that involved critical thinking, teambuilding, role playing to get an idea, as a supervisor, of the situations that you might be placed in. It was very educational and a lot of fun! A major plus is getting paid to get two college credits and meet new people. Can't get much better than that! I highly recommend this class to anyone looking to go further in their supervisory career."