Moody hosts Airman professional enhancement seminar

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jordan Garner
  • 23d Wing Public Affairs

Twenty-two Airmen from various career fields across the base attended a professional enhancement seminar at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, June 29 to July 1, 2021.

Facilitators from various units visited the seminar to discuss Enlisted Force Structure, effective communication, bullet gathering and more.

Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly Simpson, 23d Wing career assistance advisor, led the seminar and Four Lenses personality assessment throughout the course.

“My role is to promote the importance of professional development and enhance their professional skills and knowledge now that they are within the operational Air Force,” said Simpson. “I’m here to create an environment for social networking and lateral and horizontal crosstalk between the tiers.”

The Airman PES is a three-day course held quarterly at Moody from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and is open to grades E-1 through E-4. It was introduced here in 2017 by a previous career assistance advisor.

At the start of the course, Chief Master Sgt. Jimmy Wilfong, 23d Wing command chief, welcomed and encouraged attending Airmen to focus on social networking skills and seek answers for current or future situations they may have as followers and leaders.

“Get out of the tribe that you live in every day,” said Wilfong. “When you’re on break, speak with someone outside your career field because you have an opportunity to learn from each other here.”

Professional enhancement seminars are informal leadership courses designed to bridge the gap between formal professional development, such as Airman Leadership School, First Term Airman Course, and Noncommissioned Officer Academy. Base agencies like the Education Center and Airman Family and Readiness Center gave the students a wide variety of tools to help them grow as followers and leaders as they develop as Airmen.

“How you’re brought up as an Airman sets the pace for what you do when you become an NCO,” said Airman 1st Class Dylan Wyatt, 23d Munitions Squadron conventional maintenance crew chief. “That’s why it’s important to learn from other Airmen about leadership, and I get to do that in this course.”