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181st IW holds immersion course for new NCOs

181st Intelligence Wing

The 181st Intelligence Wing conducts a non-commissioned officer immersion course at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Ind., Mar. 6, 2021. Airmen in the course wrote what it means to be an NCO on rocks that will be clear-coated and placed in a garden on base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Lonnie Wiram)

HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind --

HULMAN FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ind. (March 7, 2021) - The 181st Intelligence Wing held a non-commissioned officer immersion course at Hulman Field Air National Guard Base, Ind., March 6, 2021.

The immersion course was developed with new staff sergeants as the target audience. The course is designed to create a bridge from the rank of senior airman to the rank of staff sergeant with the mission of the 181st IW in mind.

“Becoming an NCO is kind of like starting a new job,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Robert Hackett, the command chief for the 181st IW. “You don't have all the answers on what to do, and you're trying to figure out what you need to do. What better way to figure things out than being together for one day with your peers that have just been newly promoted just like you.”

During the course, Airmen will learn key tasks that NCO’s perform. These tasks include:
progressive discipline, communication styles, flight paths, Airman comprehensive assessments, and enlisted performance reports.

“Every new NCO should know how to complete these tasks,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Brandon O’Hair, who is the course administrator. “We are hoping we can enhance the organizational climate by providing feedback to our Airmen.”

The foundation to any organization has to be solid, and that foundation starts with the frontline supervisors: the NCOs.

“We have to give our future leaders the tools to lead in a rapidly changing Air Force,” said O’Hair. “We have to educate our supervisors so we can put our Airmen in the right place, at the right time, for the right reason.”

“I highly encourage every NCO to attend these courses,” said Hackett. “What better way to start off as an NCO than with people that are equal to you and that are also trying to learn the responsibilities associated with that rank.”

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