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NEWS | Oct. 12, 2022

HQ ACC Top 3 committee provides career enriching opportunity

By Senior Airman Alexus Wilcox 633d Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The Headquarter Air Combat Command Top III committee hosted a two-day Professional Enhancement Seminar for junior enlisted Airmen and Soldiers at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Sept. 21-22, 2022.

The seminar featured lessons taught by helping agencies and senior non-commissioned officers with the intent to provide adequate resources and knowledge that can enhance the quality of life for Airmen and Soldiers.

“We wanted to equip future front-line supervisors with tools that will benefit them in their personal and professional careers as well as their subordinates,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jericho Blanchard, HQ ACC Top III committee leader.

During the first day, attendees learned techniques for networking and building relationships. They also participated in speed mentoring with JBLE SNCOs.

“Airmen and Soldiers are able to gain perspective from a diverse group of SNCOs who have different jobs and military experiences,” said Master Sgt. Ashley Hyatt, HQ ACC Top III committee leader.

During day two of the seminar, Airmen and Soldiers were taught how to achieve a work-life balance, communication techniques, education and financial literacy. SNCOs continued encouraging attendees to create and maintain their development to be an effective leader.

“Before leading others, it is crucial to lead yourself first,” said Blanchard. “Leading yourself means investing your time in events like [the Professional Enhancement Seminar] that will elevate your personal and professional growth or simply help you find a mentor to guide and support you throughout your career.”

Actualizing the intent of the seminar, participants formed meaningful connections and gained a wealth of relevant knowledge for their careers. Junior enlisted service members of JBLE can look forward to professional development events in the future, as they are hosted quarterly by the HQ ACC Top III committee.

“As a SNCO, there is no greater charge than leading our Airmen,” said Blanchard. “This is a duty that we take seriously, and we plan to continue to deliberately lead and mentor the junior enlisted members here at JBLE.”