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Airman Leadership School class 20-5

Holloman graduates newest supervisors

Staff Sgt. Joseph Gilbert, Holloman Airman Leadership School instructor, speaks with his flight after the graduation of ALS class 20-5, Aug. 4, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. This was the first ALS class on Holloman to be completely virtual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman graduates newest supervisors

Awards are positioned during the graduation of Airman Leadership School class 20-5, Aug. 4, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. This was the first ALS class on Holloman to be completely virtual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman graduates newest supervisors

Col. Ryan Keeney, far left, 49th Wing Commander, gives closing remarks during the graduation of Airman Leadership School class 20-5, Aug. 4, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. This was the first ALS class on Holloman to be completely virtual. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman graduates newest supervisors

Master Sgt. Lilliana Harris, Holloman Airman Leadership School commandant, speaks during the graduation of ALS class 20-5, Aug. 4, 2020, on Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. ALS is a six-week professional development course designed to prepare new staff sergeants and senior airmen for supervisory duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, NM. --

There were 64 Airmen who graduated from the Holloman Airman Leadership School and the very first to complete an all-virtual class, Aug. 6, here.

 

ALS is a six-week professional development course designed to prepare new staff sergeants and senior airmen for supervisory duties, and is required before fulfilling the role of frontline supervisor. Topics covered include leadership, followership, communication skills and the profession of arms.

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and physical distancing to reduce the spread of the virus, the ALS team had to find a way to modify the class setting for future students.

 

“Before COVID-19 everything was in-residence,” said Master Sgt. Lilliana Harris, Holloman ALS commandant. “When we went to social distancing we initially had to reduce our class sizes and separate the desks more to be safe. Our team was very innovative and adapted extremely well to transition class 20-4 to virtual learning.”

 

While the ALS students did not learn in a traditional classroom setting, the instructors added that there are some advantages to conducting the course online.

 

“When teaching a class of 16 people in-person, one voice could be lost,” said Tech. Sgt. William Clouse, Holloman ALS noncommissioned officer in charge. “An Airman who doesn't speak up as much may go by the wayside. Being virtual, we now split them into groups more often, and it’s easier to monitor them. We can watch the students’ progress and if we see one of them lagging behind a little bit, we just reach out to that Airman virtually to hold them accountable and get them to engage more.”

 

Although the online learning is different from the traditional class in many ways, Clouse is confident that it will still produce the same results.

 

“The students are absolutely still getting the full effect of ALS, just in a different way,” he said. “These NCOs and Senior Airman are hungry for information, they want to be better and do the best for their troops. It’s important we continue to figure out ways to make it happen.”

 

Congratulations to ALS class 20-5:

 

Staff Sgt. Derek J. Baker, 49th Component Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Matthew G. Breland, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Staff Sgt. Jared C. Cash, 49th Communications Squadron

Staff Sgt. Andrew J. Frano, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Alexander Fuentes, 49th Force Support Squadron

Senior Airman Raven D. Holcomb, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Caleb J. Mcmanious, 49th Component Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Elizabeth A. Mitchell, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron

Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Molitor, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Staff Sgt. Scott M. O'Donnell, 49th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Curtis D. Paff, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Melteasla L. Quimby, 635th Materiel Maintenance Support Squadron

Senior Airman Aaron C. Seals, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Chyrrel J. Tome, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Senior Airman Jeremy J. Ward, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman James L. Whitehead, 49th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Cade A. Barber, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Terra L. Bernazar, 635th Materiel Maintenance Support Squadron

Staff Sgt. Jedidiah G. Burlando, 49th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Carmine Carletto, 49th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Justin D. Coley, 49th Communications Squadron

Staff Sgt. Bryan M. De Los Santos, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Senior Airman Jaxson G. Ferree, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Nicholas M. Glatz, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron

Staff Sgt. Paul B. Wright, 49th Component Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Joshua T. Long, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Travis T. Morales, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron

Senior Airman Hannah J. Isaiah, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Francis R. Palacio, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Roberto Ruiz Jr., 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Ryan T. Wanderer, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Shane T. Welsh, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Bartolome, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Craig P. Bourdier, 49th Component Squadron

Staff Sgt. Allison P. Denecke, 49th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Aaron L. Hauver, Detachment 3 3rd Weather Squadron

Senior Airman Tyler J. Kemp, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Robert B. Kiser, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Cameron D. Kjellerson, 6th Attack Squadron

Senior Airman Paul W. Lentz, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Bradley M. Linsley, 49th Component Squadron

Staff Sgt. Robert D. Lipford, 49th Civil Engineer Squadron

Staff Sgt. Austin G. Nevins, 635th Material Maintenance Support Squadron

Senior Airman Brandan P. Pita, 635th Material Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Kaitlyn N. Powers, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Senior Airman JaMiracle L. Taylor, 49th Maintenance Group

Staff Sgt. Aaron L. Thalmann , 49th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Aaron T. Zeatlow, 29th Attack Squadron

Staff Sgt. Nicholas W. Antonucci, 49th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Haylie M. Belts, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Staff Sgt. Michael D. Bermingham, 49th Communications Squadron

Staff Sgt. Carl F. Bernier, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Avery D. Blackburn, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Franklyn E. Everson, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Staff Sgt. Michael D. Flathers, 49th Component Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Matthew R. Thompson, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Charles S. Francks IV, 849th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Jade A. Kigar, 9th Attack Squadron

Senior Airman Justin Lopez, 49th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior Airman Adam R. Manning, 635th Material Maintenance Squadron

Staff Sgt. Deshannon M. Manning, 49th Security Forces Squadron

Staff Sgt. Jacob R. Nicholas, 49th Healthcare Operations Squadron

Staff Sgt. Anthony D. Phillips, 54th Operations Support Squadron

Senior Airman Toni R. Roth, 635th Materiel Maintenance Support Squadron

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