by Airman 1st Class Emily A. Bradley
36th Wing Public Affairs
4/1/2014 - ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Dozens
of Team Andersen Airmen gathered and met with military and civilian
subject matter experts and leaders for a speed mentoring event here
Based on the concept of speed dating, speed mentoring provided Airmen an
opportunity to pursue a mentor relationship with individuals they would
not likely have met otherwise.
The mentors included a University of Guam professor, senior enlisted and
officers from Andersen and Naval Base Guam. Each mentoring session
occurred in a shortened timeframe, about five minutes, to allow for
attendees to meet with every mentor.
"The great thing about this event is that it is not all about the
military; it's also a place for men and women to voice their personal
concerns," said Tech. Sgt. Segonia Cameron, 36th Force Support Squadron
NCO in charge of fitness. "These people are able to pass along
invaluable information about life and its hardships, and that has been a
wonderful learning experience."
Each five-minute mentorship session allowed participants to hear the
mentor's experiences, which were based on their years of accomplishments
and lessons learned, Cameron said.
"We have to encourage people to get a head start at a younger age," said
Dr. Mary Katherine Fegurgur, University of Guam professor. "I chose to
be a mentor and participate because of my strong ties to the military
and I wanted to share my own experiences with these amazing men and
The purpose of the event was to build a foundation for future mentors
who, when called upon, could rise to the occasion with advice, Cameron
"I have always been an advocate for events like this," said Maj.
Rosalind Ross-Perry, 36th Medical Operations Squadron Environmental
Health Flight commander. "I have had mentors all my life who gave
excellent advice and helped me get where I am today, and all they asked
of me was to pay it forward."