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Schriever mentors offer new superintendent training

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys Senior Master Sgt. Sean Kavanagh, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron superintendent, speaks with senior NCOs during the first superintendent training class Jan. 14, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base. The two-day class was designed to transform flight chiefs and senior NCOs into future superintendents.

U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys
Senior Master Sgt. Sean Kavanagh, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron superintendent, speaks with senior NCOs during the first superintendent training class Jan. 14, 2014, at Schriever Air Force Base. The two-day class was designed to transform flight chiefs and senior NCOs into future superintendents.

By Staff Sgt. Robert Cloys

50th Space Wing Public Affairs

A new superintendent class, available to Schriever’s senior NCO population, took place here Jan. 13-14, following the 50th Operations Group’s successful execution of a pilot program last summer.

“Schriever Air Force Base’s superintendent training was not developed as a result of a directive, but rather as a grass roots effort,” said Senior Master Sgt. Sean Kavanagh, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron superintendent. “Our local Team Schriever mentors, led by Senior Master Sgt. Patrick Kincaid, felt there was a gap in the development of enlisted Airmen from flight leaders into squadron leaders. These mentors evolved the concept into a two-day class designed to transform flight chief’s and sharp senior NCOs into future superintendents by shaping their perspectives and expectations, while identifying the necessary development path they need to follow in order to be successful leaders.”

The course covered topics such as operational and strategic perspective, taking care of Airmen, building trust, senior NCO institutional and occupational competencies, superintendent tools, and included several chiefs and commanders board discussions.

“The class provided a good overview of the duties and responsibilities of a superintendent as well as real life experiences of superintendents and commanders on how they operate or are expected to operate,” said Master Sgt. Adam McNeill, 22nd Space Operations Squadron, who attended the class and is the back-up superintendent for the squadron. “Additionally, many of the briefers gave good info and contact information so you know who to contact for what kind of issues. Instead of being put into the position and having to learn on the fly, the class gave a good foundation of knowledge to work from.”

Kavanagh stressed that any senior NCO “on track” to become a superintendent would benefit from the class. After its first run, he considered it a success due to positive feedback from all 12 of its first attendees.

McNeil said he had two big takeaways from the class.

“First, the overall senior NCO leadership responsibility that the superintendent position is responsible for affects everyone in the unit,” he said. “Second, the need to forecast all aspects of a unit such as manning, training, operations, PCS/TDYs, etc. in order to see future issues before they occur in order to plan for them.”

The next course, slated for May, will target Airmen development needs and will be fully endorsed and supported by Schriever Airmen.

“Airmen from nearby bases, like Peterson AFB, have also expressed a desire to do this kind of class on their respective bases,” said Kavanagh.

For more information about upcoming superintendent classes, visit the Schriever website at www.schriever.af.mil, read the Schriever Sentinel or contact Kincaid at 567-2998.

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