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Thursday, September 03, 2015

Enlisted Symposium Cultivates NCANG's Most Vital Resource: People

by by Lt. Col. Robert Carver
Joint Force Headquarters, NCANG Public Affairs

8/31/2015 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 145th Airlift Wing held the first unit Enlisted Symposium Aug. 14, at the base recreation center near Charlotte Douglas International Airport headquarters.

The symposium was sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council providing more than 50 Airmen a day of instruction on topics including the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets.

"This is a monumental event," said Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, 145th AW, command chief, referring to the first Enlisted Symposium. "It provides a foundation that will help develop future leaders in the 145th Airlift Wing."

The goal of the Symposium was to emphasize to the next generation of leaders that superior job performance is only one prerequisite for advancement. Just as important is how you represent yourself. To emphasize this, organizers included mock interview boards and advice on how to properly prepare an official Air Force biography.

"We owe it to our young Airmen to set them up for success," said Williams. "If they don't know what they need to do and how they need to do it, then we've done them and our unit a disservice."

The symposium extended beyond just military-related topics. Airmen attending could get lessons in how to handle their personal finances from experts on site. If not handled well, personal finances can often spill over into an Airman's military career with many potential adverse consequences.

"This was a wonderful event and an investment in our future." said Chief Master Sgt. Susan Dietz, 145th Medical Group, superintendent. "Our Airmen deserve to have more resources available to them to plan out their careers and make their goals achievable."

Williams says the Chiefs Council plans to make the symposium an annual event.

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