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Saturday, August 24, 2013

Buckley introduces speed mentoring program

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."

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