Holloman Top III hosts enlisted to officer commissioning panel

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  • By Airman Isaiah V. Pedrazzini
  • 49th Wing Public Affairs

The Holloman Top III hosted a panel at the  Holloman Airman Leadership School for Airmen interested in learning about enlisted-to-officer commissioning opportunities.


Commissioned officers are responsible for managing and making decisions that guide the U.S. Air Force as a whole. In order to take on this role, one must have what it takes to handle not only the responsibilities, but also the challenges that come with that career path.


“Being able to tell the truth even when it's difficult, being able to deliver bad news and being honest about your dealings are always the first things that come to my mind,” said Capt. Nicholous Banks, 29th Attack Squadron weapons and tactics chief.


Aspiring officers must possess leadership qualities in order to balance their own workload with other supervisory duties.


“You have to be very grounded in yourself,” said 2nd Lt. Alaina Montgomery, 49th Operational Medical Readiness Squadron bio environmental engineering officer. “Know what your goal is.”


Being an officer means keeping track of enlisted service members,  managing their work and motivating those under their command to keep their morale high.


“It's important to foster a positive culture where everyone feels like they're a part of the mission and everyone feels taken care of and loved,” said Banks.