HomeNewsPrintFeaturesDisplay

Training Airmen today to be NCOs tomorrow

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeremy Hood, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, salutes while standing in formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. During ALS, Airmen hone their knowledge of military customs and courtesies and learn to become more effective leaders by supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeremy Hood, 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron, salutes while standing in formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. During ALS, Airmen hone their knowledge of military customs and courtesies and learn to become more effective leaders by supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, reads a marching commands guide, while directing a formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. to attend ALS. During ALS, Airmen hone their knowledge of military customs and courtesies and learn to become more effective leaders by supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, reads a marching commands guide, while directing a formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. to attend ALS. During ALS, Airmen hone their knowledge of military customs and courtesies and learn to become more effective leaders by supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspects her fellow Airmen at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. to attend ALS. Airmen spend five weeks developing leadership abilities and learning to become effective communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, inspects her fellow Airmen at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. to attend ALS. Airmen spend five weeks developing leadership abilities and learning to become effective communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, marches a formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Airmen spend five weeks developing leadership abilities and learning to become effective communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Mariah Hullinger, 452nd Logistics Readiness Squadron, marches a formation at the Airman Leadership School parade training area Jan. 15, 2014. Hullinger traveled from March Air Reserve Base, Calif. Airmen spend five weeks developing leadership abilities and learning to become effective communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, speaks to students during a lecture in an ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. During the five-week class, Senior Airmen learn to become effective leaders, supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, speaks to students during a lecture in an ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. During the five-week class, Senior Airmen learn to become effective leaders, supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Donald Grannan, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to other students during a lecture in the Airman Leadership School classroom Jan. 28, 2014. During the five-week class, Senior Airmen learn to become effective leaders, supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Donald Grannan, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to other students during a lecture in the Airman Leadership School classroom Jan. 28, 2014. During the five-week class, Senior Airmen learn to become effective leaders, supervising Airmen and becoming better communicators. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dennis Kotal, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, during a lecture in the ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. The ALS mission statement is "Prepare Senior Airmen to be professional warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dennis Kotal, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, during a lecture in the ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. The ALS mission statement is "Prepare Senior Airmen to be professional warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dennis Kotal, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, during a lecture in the ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. The ALS mission statement is "Prepare Senior Airmen to be professional warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Dennis Kotal, 97th Security Forces Squadron, speaks to U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Cristy Baumgardner, 97th Force Support Squadron Airman Leadership School instructor, during a lecture in the ALS classroom Jan. 28, 2014. The ALS mission statement is "Prepare Senior Airmen to be professional warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace power." (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Airman Leadership School instructors and students play foosball after a lecture in the Airman Leadership School break room Jan. 28, 2014. The instructors and students use their leisure time playing foosball and ping pong after long sessions of class work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Airman Leadership School instructors and students play foosball after a lecture in the Airman Leadership School break room Jan. 28, 2014. The instructors and students use their leisure time playing foosball and ping pong after long sessions of class work. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - -- Every Airman is a leader, whether they lead by example as a peer or in a formal duty position.

This is taught to each one of us from the time we enter the Air Force and is engraved into our memory by the end of our careers. As junior-enlisted Airmen begin moving into the non-commissioned officer tier, they are expected to become more effective leaders.

This starts in Airman Leadership School where the mission is to, "prepare Senior Airmen to be professional warfighting Airmen who can supervise and lead Air Force work teams to support the employment of Air, Space and Cyberspace."

The Altus AFB ALS shapes more than 100 active duty, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard Airmen into leaders every year from military installations across the country.

Staff Sgt. Phillip Ryan, 97th Force Support Squadron ALS instructor, has taught more than 25 classes so far.

"I have been an instructor for three and a half years and it's honestly one of my favorite jobs in the Air Force," Ryan said. "It has been a very rewarding experience and also just seeing that 'Aha' moment where the students just finally figure out why I am sitting in this classroom right now or why is it important that I learn about this specific lesson about this specific component of being a leader or being a supervisor."

During the five-week course, the students learn a variety of leadership skills such as counseling Airmen, writing enlisted performance reports, marching flights and giving speeches.

"It has been a really good experience," said Senior Airman Sushil Torres who traveled from Vance Air Force Base, Okla. to attend ALS. "It's really great to be able to talk to my classmates to get their perspectives on different things and experiences. The pace has been pretty hectic but because we work together and make sure we stay on top of each other to get things done, it has made it a lot easier."

Torres and other students from class 14-B are scheduled to graduate ALS Feb. 7, 2014.

"You learn all this information but it's not enough to just know it anymore, you have to know how to apply it to different situations and there are always variables to consider as a supervisor when you are dealing with your Airmen. I'm looking forward to getting to learn these lessons this time around. It's been a pretty good experience," Torres said.