Building the Air Force’s Next Generation Leaders
MARCH 25, 2022 – Before Air Force enlisted members can take on a true leadership role, instructors at the Erwin Professional Military Education Center ensure they are well-equipped and ready to excel in their new positions. .
The Erwin PME Center program consists of four blocks: Air Force Culture, Leadership, Problem Solving, and Air Force Mission. In these four disciplines, students have the opportunity to ask questions and talk about specific barriers to work so they can address them as leaders upon their return.
“A lot of people are afraid to give feedback because they think people are going to be offended or not open to it,” Tech said. sergeant. Imelda Edge, Erwin PME Center trainer. “What I’ve learned since I’ve been here is that people are actually receptive to feedback and often times they don’t realize certain things they’re great at until you tell them.”
Erwin PME Center instructors use a personal connection with students and their dynamic curriculum to fulfill their mission of educating enlisted leaders and creating a more lethal, ready force.
“Our greatest impact is when we better connect people to our mission,” Tech said. sergeant. Laticia Moss, Erwin PME Center trainer. “Students see that we are all part of this big puzzle and find out which piece it is. They network with other students and NCOs and realize how well we all come together to create a united image.
Upon graduation, these students move on to their respective units as enlisted leaders and fulfill a vital role in leading their Airmen in maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific.
“It’s important that these students know what they’re working toward,” Moss said. “Once students return to their work centers with new perspectives, they can move our Air Force forward.”
Account by Airman 1st Class Sebastian Romawac
18 Wing Public Affairs