Strengthening the NCO Corps

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  • By Airman 1st Class Adrian Salazar
  • 49th Wing Public Affairs

The Holloman 5/6 Council hosted the Tech. Sgt. Records Review event, Oct. 18, 2021, here.

The purpose of this event was to connect Holloman’s Airmen holding the rank of tech. sgt. with senior noncommissioned officers in order to provide them better insight of what the master sgt. board looks like.

With 25 technical sergeants and 15 senior and chief master sergeants in attendance, the event kicked off with a brief about the selection process and questions and answers from Chief Master Sgt. Ashley Flemming, 49th Maintenance Group superintendent, who has experience with tech. sgt. review boards.

“The idea was for technical sergeants to learn where they stand amongst their peers and help them be better prepared to strive for that next stripe,” said Tech. Sgt. Briton Hurdle, Holloman Airman Leadership School instructor and event coordinator.

After the brief, the senior NCOs discussed possible improvements on individuals’ enlisted performance reports in small groups or one on one.

“We are tasked with ensuring our Airmen are well-rounded—to be successful,” said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Bragdon, 49th Logistics Readiness Squadron flight chief. “We need to give feedback regarding their blind spots within their records.”

The Tech. Sgt. Record Review event is an excellent example of Holloman’s senior NCO corps building strong leaders and creating a positive experience for Airmen.

“This properly sets up junior NCOs [for] higher ranks, but also shows them the importance of guiding those who are junior ranking to them,” said Hurdle. “I also think it’s important for our professional organizations to work together for the success of all of Holloman’s Airmen.”

The 5/6 Council creates and hosts these type of events for the benefit of building and cultivating Airmen for the Airman’s benefit and for future Airmen to come.

“I hope [the NCOs] came out of the meeting with knowledge on how to be a better Airman, mentor and person,” said Bragdon. “Some of the feedback was hard but necessary. Ultimately, the responsibility lies with them now to be successful and to enact change, if needed.”