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NEWS | Aug. 30, 2017

AF leaders discuss EPME changes

By Staff Sgt. Brittany E. N. Murphy 633rd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. JoAnne Bass, chief of enlisted development education, hosted an Enlisted Professional Military Education 21 discussion at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Aug. 25, 2017.

Throughout the discussion, Bass reiterated that the education of today’s Airmen is a top priority, as the Airmen of today are constantly training the Airmen of the future. She also spoke with the Airmen about new changes for EPME and distance learning courses, as well as future developmental topics.

“Every single Airmen matters,” said Bass. “We owe you some development.”

A few key messages Bass foot stomped to the Airmen in attendance, were that each member should read the Mypers message regarding EPME which was announced on July 18, 2017, promotion boards will not show EPME completion starting FY 2018, and that there will be larger windows to complete the distance learning.

Bass mentioned there will now be 100 percent in-residency opportunities for all active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen for Airmen Leadership School, NCO Academy and SNCO Academy, and although distance learning is a pre-requisite for in-resident EPME, it is no longer based on time-in-service.

“My job is to make sure we are developing our Airmen. We need (Airmen) to focus on their training” she said. “Change is going to happen and change is not a bad thing, it is deliberate.”

According to U.S Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Michael Lee, JBLE career assistance advisor, who attended the discussion, modernizing our enlisted development is necessary.


“As PME evolves, the support of our Airmen to the warfighter strengthens, especially now as it allows everyone the opportunity to go to in-residency EPME,” said Lee.

For more information regarding EPME, visit Mypers, or contact the career assistance advisor at 764-3166.