by Airman 1st Class Riley Johnson
460th Space Wing Public Affairs
8/21/2013 - BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air
Force master sergeants seeking mentorship sat down with several chief
master sergeants at Buckley's first ever speed mentoring event Aug. 15,
at the Buckley Leadership Development Center.
The 14 mentors and mentees discussed a variety of career-development
topics during the mentoring session. Each master sergeant was allotted a
five to seven minute one-on-one session with each mentor during the
event. During those sessions, some of the topics included personal and
professional development, special duties, promotion, and leadership.
"Most of the discussions I had were about how to be a better leader and
how to hit the right marks to progress your career," said Master Sgt.
Heather Morales, 566th Intelligence Squadron.
The mentoring session was a test run, with more speed mentoring
opportunities expected to be organized for airmen, NCOs and senior NCOs.
"Speed mentoring is where you take quick, individualized mentoring
sessions and you get a perspective from a senior leader on where to go
with your career," said Master Sgt. Katie Neeley, the event coordinator.
Although speed mentoring is a new concept for Buckley, the idea has been tried at other bases.
"I participated in speed mentoring at my previous base. When I got here,
I brought the concept up to the Top Three organization; they liked it
and we went with it," Neeley said.
The event provided master sergeants the opportunity to speak with chiefs
from a variety of career fields. The chiefs represented a blend of
components that included active-duty, Guard and Reserve.
"I think this is great for mentorship, especially to us chiefs; it's our
obligation to mentor the next group of Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt.
Danny Doucette, Air Reserve Personnel Center, and one of the several
mentors. "There is a lot of young new talent coming up and I'm very
impressed with it."