OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
Professional military education provides all Airmen the opportunity to acquire management and leadership skills to help them excel in their careers.
At Osan, leadership is reaching out to instruct and prepare Airmen through courses of all kinds to help them excel in their careers.
Osan Leadership Pathways is a new initiative by the Osan Top 3 organization to offer additional PME to enlisted Airmen of all ranks. Classes include stress management, time management, bullet writing, NCO professional enhancement and many more.
“Airmen love these courses because the courses give them leadership tools that help them when they progress in their careers,” Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Bogdan, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron facility systems section chief. “They also teach these Airmen to be better wingmen and help the ones around them.”
The goal of Leadership Pathways is to supplement required PME courses to better educate future and current NCOs and SNCOs.
“For example, as a technical sergeant transitioning into a master sergeant, you may have some gaps before attending traditional PME which may conflict with your current responsibility level, maybe even in a completely different work center,” Bogdan said. “We’re trying to augment the PME, but we’re also trying to promote personal development as well through our financial counseling and stress management.”
Master Sgt. Henrietta Bouknight, 51st Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge of standardization and evaluation, teaches many of these personal enhancement courses including time management, stress management and Osan history.
“Traditional PME is very structured and the curriculum is rigid whereas with these courses, we can utilize our experience more and be flexible to our audience,” Bouknight said.
“For every one of the classes I’ve taught, the students have said they learned something, and that’s always a goal of mine as a teacher,” she added.
For more information on Osan Leadership Pathways or how to register for a course, contact Bogdan at 784-8335.