Osan holds first sergeants symposium

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Newsom, 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, briefs about death notifications at the first sergeant symposium at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 30, 2016. The four-day symposium provided perspective and knowledge of first sergeant responsibilities like counseling, administrative reprimands and death notifications. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Newsom, 51st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, briefs about death notifications at the first sergeant symposium at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 30, 2016. The four-day symposium provided perspective and knowledge of first sergeant responsibilities like counseling, administrative reprimands and death notifications. (U.S. Air force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen/Released)

Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea --

The first sergeant symposium was held here to prepare technical and master sergeants for first sergeant duties from March 29 to April 1.

Even though the first sergeant wears the diamond in their rank, these trained NCOs and senior NCOs take their place during emergencies or leave.

 “The first sergeant symposium is designed to give the basics to experienced technical sergeants and master sergeants that are interested in becoming a first sergeant or filling in when short,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Reiland, 51st Logistic Readiness Squadron first sergeant. 

The four-day symposium held biannually, provided perspective and knowledge of first sergeant responsibilities to include counseling, administrative reprimands and death notifications.

“This gives them a little better understanding of what a first sergeant does and can better help them on their own without the assistance of the first sergeant,” said Reiland.

To become a first sergeant master sergeants go through six weeks of training and the symposium provides an overview of the special duty training.

Reiland explained the duties of a first sergeant entail wanting to help people and help the Air Force.

“The symposium hopefully inspires a few to go talk to their leadership to get developmental special duty and end up becoming a first sergeant,” said Reiland

Col. Andrew Hansen, 51st Fighter Wing commander, gave closing remarks for the symposium highlighting the importance of how a first sergeant to help sustain the force.

“There is no job, whether it’s an additional duty or a diamond-wearing first sergeant, that has as much direct impact on Airman,” said Hansen.

For more information about first sergeant symposium contact your first sergeant.