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News | Jan. 8, 2021

LED-U: Langley’s vehicle on the roadmap to Success

By Staff Sgt. Ericha Fitzgerald 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airmen searching for professional development courses in the New Year have a unique opportunity to attend classes and receive special recognition thanks to installation career assistance advisors.

Through partnerships with Wings, tenant units, and private organizations, the Professional Development team at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, crafted the Langley Education and Development University (LED-U) program. Launching February 1, the program seeks to further the individual development of all Airmen and build a more informed force.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sergeant Kimberly Noseworthy, 633rd Forces Support Squadron installation career advisor stated: “There is a saying that goes something close to, ‘What if we develop our people and they leave?’ The response to this is, ‘What if we don’t develop our people and they stay?’”

The new program is in line with Chief of Staff of the Air Force General Charles Q. Brown Jr.’s mentality of focusing on universal skill sets applicable to all career fields across the Air Force.

According to Noseworthy, LED-U now exists as the “vehicle” to ensure Joint Base Langley Eustis’s professional development is in line with Brown’s vision. 

“We hope that LED-U motivates individuals to invest in themselves and create a culture of robust [and] deliberate professional development at JBLE,” Noseworthy said.

LED-U provides three graduated tiers of learning: core, operational and advanced. Core classes provide foundational knowledge applicable to all Airmen across the entire rank structure. Operational courses are more in-depth, and focus on information beneficial to members as they promote in rank and responsibility. Advanced topics build on both Core and Operational principles; focusing on specific ranks and duties. Each tier is a composite of a larger, three-level program leading to a certificate signed by the career assistance advisors and the individual’s wing command chief.

“Each certificate requires a significant dedication and a deeper level of commitment to professional development,” said Noseworthy. “By completing all three levels, Airmen distinguish themselves from their peers, [and] assist leadership in identifying members who are investing in themselves and positively influencing those around them.”

For information on class availability, or specifics about the LED-U program, contact the Langley Career Assistance Advisors at: 757-764-3166 or Kimberly.noseworthy.1@us.af.mil and Brent.likes@us.af.mil.

 

LED-U Academic Program Overview

 

LED-U Academic Program

Levels

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

 

Required Classes

  • 3 Core
  • 2 Operational/ Advanced
  • Level 1 Completion
  • 2 Core
  • 3 Operational/Advanced
  • Level 1 & 2 Completion
  • 1 Core
  • 4 Operational/Advanced

 

Capstone

  • Brief Flight CC/Flight Chief – “How I Can Apply What I Learned”
  • 1-2 page paper to Squadron leadership – “My Role in the Mission”
  • 2-3 pg. paper on CSAF/CMSAF Reading List book or
  • 10 minute presentation to Professional Development Team 

 

Program Completion

Recognition

Certificate signed by Installation Career Assistance Advisor and Individual’s Wing Command Chief.

 

Core Courses

Operational Courses

Advanced Courses

C01

Bullet Ammunition

O01

Enlisted Evaluation System (EES)

A01

Advanced EPRs and the Board

C02

Followership/Leadership

O02

Understanding AF Manning

A02

Manning and ACRs

C03

Professional Communication

O03

Admin

A03

Budget Cycle

C04

Career Progression

O04

Decoration Writing in VPC

A04

Time Management for Managers

C05

Public Speaking

O05

Websites You Should Know

A05

Grading 1206s

C06

Understanding Teams

O06

Legal for Leaders

A06

Development & Empowerment

C07

Programs & Resources for Airmen

O07

Tongue & Quill

A07

COAs and Buy In

C08

Work-Life Balance

O08

Progressive Discipline

A08

Building Teams

C09

4 Lenses

O09

Mentoring & Counseling

A09

Project Management

C10

Emotional Intelligence

O10

Conflict Management

A10

Talent Management for Flight Chiefs

 

***Classes are subject to availability and may change based upon need/demand; some courses may be subject to rank.

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