by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
1/29/2016 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Airmen
throughout Germany gathered on Kapaun Air Station, Germany, to attend
the Kisling NCO Academy's largest professional development course Jan.
The course covered multiple topics ranging from knowing your role,
professional military writing, stress management and much more.
Tech. Sgt. Rigoberto Vasquez, Kisling NCO Academy professional military
education instructor, hosted the course to present approximately 135
Airmen the opportunity to learn and grow with hopes of improving their
work and home life.
"The courses taught can be used by parents, sons or daughters, spouses,
supervisors and subordinates," Vasquez said. "Everything discussed can
be applied whether as a refresher or a new skill to add to their tool
Along with discussing the various topics, guest speakers were also
invited to tie in their own personal experiences so the audience could
see how lessons can be applied.
"There is more to an Airman than a uniform and rank," Vasquez said.
"Some of the briefers explained how their mentors helped guide them when
they were going down the wrong track, and because someone cared enough
to intervene they were able to change their ways and stay in the
Learning the importance of being a mentor inspired the crowd to apply these teachings to the way they lead their own troops.
"The one idea that will stick with me is to consider every aspect of a
situation," said Staff Sgt. Lynne Penate Morrissette, Kisling NCO
Academy commandant support administrator and course attendee. "Being
able to recognize stress in your troops instead of thinking the worse
could make the difference in their life and at work."
While the course catered more toward younger Airmen, Vasquez mentioned anyone who attends will gain something.
"We don't know it all," he said. "When you listen to the briefers who
have years upon years of experience there is always something to gain.
We had an audience from junior enlisted to officers and whether it's
discussing the importance of knowing your role, ethics, or even staying
humble these are skills we can always improve upon."
For more information on attending a Kisling NCO Academy professional development course, call DSN 489-8490.