By Airman Jonathan Whitely | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 50th Space Wing hosted the Airman Leadership School class 19-5 graduation at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, June 13.
Eleven senior airmen from Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, were among the 48 graduates.
Airman Leadership School is a five-week Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective supervisors. It also focuses on developing leadership abilities and building communication skills.
Col. Jennifer Grant, 50th Space Wing commander, was the presiding official at this graduation.
“We are so proud of you and so excited for what is in store in the future,” Grant said. “We look forward to you continuing to progress in the Air Force and make this Air Force even better than it is today. Continue to pay it forward and develop the leaders that will follow in your footsteps.”
Master Sgt. Carter Bryan, 50th Operations Group superintendent of standardization and evaluation, was the guest speaker at class 19-5’s graduation.
“ALS is like a shot of motivation in the arm,” Bryan said. “Thank you class 19-5 for several years’ worth of motivation.”
Bryan told the graduated to lead by being involved.
“If you’re in a work detail and your team’s tops are off, it should be obvious to anyone who the leader is,” he said. “The same goes if your whole team is wearing occupational camouflage pattern and no one can tell your rank until you’re three feet apart.”
Senior Airman Manuel Gonzalez, 50th Security Forces Squadron response force leader, was a distinguished graduate in class 19-5.
“This course really helped me grow as a leader,” Gonzalez said. “I’m excited about the impact it had on me and I’m even more excited about the impact it may have on my future Airmen.”
Gonzalez represents the leadership and discipline required of defenders to protect Air Force installations at home and abroad.
Grant said she was proud of class 19-5.
“You had five weeks of space and grace to grow,” Grant said. “A lot of learning, a lot of opportunity and now the door is open for you to return to your units and make a similar investment in those you will lead.”