PME opportunities

SIOUX FALLS, SD -- It was a busy summer at the 114th Fighter Wing with personnel accepting new aircraft, participating in Color Guard activities, and the Air National Guard Noncommissioned Officer Academy Graduate Association Chapter 70 membership hosting the national NCOAGA Seminar 42. Things just never seem to stop; fall is looking like it will be just as busy, so we must stay vigilant in everything we do.

I encourage everyone to do, who is eligible, is to attend in-residence Enlisted Professional Military Education, to include the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy, NCO Academy, or Airman Leadership School.

There are several ways to accomplish PME:
o Submit your Senior NCO Academy nomination package for attending a FY 12 class not later than March 18, 2011.
o Attend an ANG NCO Academy or ALS class at McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base.
o Attend one of the many active duty NCO Academy or ALS classes via a Satellite NCO Academy or ALS class.

The 114th Fighter Wing is looking at standing up a Satellite NCO Academy class this next spring. This is a good way to attend in-residence PME if you cannot get away from your civilian job for six weeks. You will attend classes on base Tuesday and Thursday evenings for four and half months and then go to McGhee-Tyson for two weeks to complete your final test and speeches. The proposed Satellite NCO Academy dates are March 7 to May 26 at Joe Foss, and May 31 to June 15 at McGhee-Tyson. Since we are not in the AEF bucket, in an inspection mode, and there are not very many deployments on the horizon, now is a great time to attend an in-residence PME class. If you are interested in attending an in-residence PME class or the upcoming satellite NCO Academy class, contact your Unit Training manager or the base Training Office to find out more information.

Several members of the unit attended in-residence PME this summer. Master Sgt. Casey Bullis, from the 114th Operations Group, attended the Senior NCO Academy and was the recipient of the John Levitow Award. This is the highest award an individual can receive while attending Enlisted PME. She is one of only a few Air National Guard members to receive this award at the Senior NCO Academy. Tech. Sgt. Greg Peterson, 114th Security Forces Squadron, attended the NCO Academy at McGhee-Tyson and was named one of the distinguished graduates in the class. Senior Airman Nick Adkins, 114th Maintenance Squadron, attended ALS at McGhee-Tyson this summer and was the recipient of the John Levitow Award for his class. Congratulate these folks for their accomplishments when you see them!

If there is anything that I can do for you as your Command Chief, don't hesitate to let me know.