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Schriever Sentinel

Program helps new officers transition

By 2nd Lt. Marie Denson

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

Arriving at your first duty station can be unnerving as a new officer. You are expected to know how the Air Force works and all the procedures that go into everyday operations, but the truth of the matter is new officers have very little experience in these areas.

Schriever has started the Lieutenant Professional Development Plan to help with the transition. The first class held Dec. 13, marked the first of many LPDP classes that aim to help officers arriving at their first duty station.

“At first I was overwhelmed just with the newness of it all,” said 2nd Lt. Zachary Probasco, LPDP class member and 50th Force Support Squadron, Readiness and Plans Chief. “Even with (a good sponsor) there is a lot that you have to find out on your own, which is one reason why the LDPD class is so important.”

The curriculum focuses specifically on new lieutenants to Schriever AFB and is designed to supplement previous training.

“The program was created to provide a mentoring experience for officers new to the Air Force, to help provide knowledge on important leadership processes, leverage the experience of senior officers and non-commissioned officers, and offers an education of how the Air Force works,” said Maj. Benjamin Harding, class facilitator and 50th Operations Group, director of operations.

The LPDP course incorporates physical training into each day to emphasize the importance of Air Force fitness standards and to help new lieutenants improve their fitness scores. Informational briefs are scheduled throughout the week to include topics such as supervising civilians, special duty assignments, handling personal records and more. To help gain insight, senior leadership visits throughout the week to impart words of wisdom about how to be better officers and airman.

The program also included a base tour to better educate new lieutenants on how to be productive in the Air Force and see, first hand, what the mission is.

“The base tour was very helpful,” said Lieutenant Probasco. “It put in perspective the importance of what we do here on a daily basis and how important it is to our war fighting mission.”

The LPDP class will be conducted quarterly; the next class is set for February or March.

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