Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Elmendorf PME Center - Valor through Knowledge

Elmendorf PME Cener
  Through a world class EPME staff, develop professional Airmen with
  a warrior ethos rooted in integrity, service, and excellence.


   Virtute per Scientiam - Valor through Knowledge

  Prepare enlisted professionals by delivering a deliberate learning
  experience devoted to the development of tactical and operational
  leaders ready to supervise and lead people."

PME Center Commandant

CMSgt Gary Szekely

CMSgt Gary Szekely

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Airman Leadership School & NCO Academy

Welcome Warriors!
           Our team here at the Joint Base Elmendorf‐Richardson, Elmendorf Professional Military Education (PME) Center will instill Air Force institutional competencies and sub-competencies while facilitating joint educational opportunities as they develop. The specific objectives of our PME programs are to, 1) provide the nation with personnel skilled in the employment of air, space and cyberspace power in the conduct of war and small scale contingencies; 2) provide Air Force personnel with the skills and knowledge to make strategic decisions in progressively more demanding leadership positions within the national security environment; 3) develop strategic thinkers, planners and warfighters; and 4) strengthen the ability and skill of Air Force personnel to lead, manage and supervise.

           The Elmendorf PME Center is a regional academic institution responsible for building the NCO corps of the future. Developing and refining enlisted leadership is our top priority and includes the Total Force, Joint Force, and Coalition partners. We look forward to serving all of our teammates on Joint Base Elmendorf‐Richardson and beyond, and I leave future students with the following words to prepare you for attendance at ALS or NCOA.

                     Your Mission: Embrace, learn and adopt Air Force institutional competencies and sub-competencies, focusing on the leadership, management and warrior ethos required by all Airmen.

                     Your Enemy: Anything that would distract you from the objectives of this course. They include procrastination, your primary job and anything else that would distract you from your mission listed above.

                     The Terrain: You're in a professional military environment; do not engage in behaviors that violate articles outlined in the UCMJ, any Air Force Instruction or local guidance. Keep your relationships here at the PME center professional.

                     Your Troops/Support avail: Your teammates are key to your success. Serve each other and adopt study habits that encourage constructive criticism and peer‐feedback.

                    Your Time: Study...time management is paramount. Five to six weeks, 24 hours a day are yours to execute or waste.

                    The Culture: Be aware of the culture of the classroom environment. In regards to offense and academic freedom, exercise academic freedom with good judgment. Diversity sometimes causes offense, however, don't be abrasive simply to offend. Have the audacity to stand for and defend your beliefs and values but do so with humility and honor.

         Final thought: It is not about solely being men and women of action, not strictly of thought or academia and certainly not vision alone, but a molten mixture of all three tempered with humility that brings forth the well‐rounded leader. You must know yourself and seek self‐improvement.


Before You Attend...A Roadmap to Success

Ensure all mandatory readings available through the Elmendorf PME Center website are accomplished. These articles and lessons will drastically ease your transition into the daily academic rigors you will be presented beginning on day‐of‐training one.

Ensure you are physically prepared to attend and participate in our Human Performance physical fitness program. All students, in order to meet cognitive objectives integrated throughout the course, must be prepared to participate in the Human Performance program. The overarching purpose of this program is to further expand on lesson principles, while challenging students to reach increased levels of resiliency. Although the resounding majority of graduating students report a noticeable improvement on their Air Force Fitness Assessment, it is not a program vectored at improving scores; that is still your responsibility.

Ensure you communicate with your family and friends. EPME is very taxing on one's personal time, and the academic rigors built into the course go far beyond the average duty day. You will be expected to prepare briefings, write papers, perform research, and complete nightly reading assignments on your time, after duty hours. Having your family and friends understand your obligations over the next several weeks will pay dividends.

Ensure you have all uniform items required and that all uniform items are clean, serviceable, and fit you appropriately prior to attending.



PME center

Reporting Instructions

The Elmendorf PME Center is located at 6167 Doolittle Ave, the cross-intersection of Doolittle Avenue and 11th Street on JBER-Elmendorf.  Reporting for both ALS and NCOA is 0700 hours on the first day-of-training.  Students reporting for ALS will be in Airman Battle Uniform or equivalent.  Students reporting for NCOA will be in Service Dress Uniform or equivalent.  You will be greeted by a member of the staff upon entering the building, and he/she will provide you with a flight room assignment. 

Pre-Class Mandatory Requirements
Please bring a copy of your current fitness assessment and any associated profiles on Day of Training One.

A member of the staff will email you the course curriculum link with special instructions.  All students must comply with the guidance provided prior to class start.

There are two designated parking areas for students attending both ALS and the NCOA.  The parking lot on the northwest side of the PME Center is the primary parking area, with another gravel parking lot bordering Paxton Park to the southeast side of the PME Center.  Parking directly in front of the PME Center or parking at the old Auto Hobby Shop/Arts & Crafts Center is not permitted.


Dress and Appearance Requirements

Students from Active, National Guard, and Reserve components of the Air Force will comply with AFI 36‐2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Air Force Personnel, dated 9 February 2017, and policies set forth by the Commandant, Elmendorf PME Center.

The Service Dress uniform will be worn by all students.  Female students will be expected to wear the standard issue skirt and heels for all Service Dress inspections or whenever the Service Dress uniform is directed.

The Airman Battle Uniform is the primary uniform of the day for U.S. Air Force personnel attending ALS or the NCOA at the Elmendorf PME Center.

On Service Uniform Inspection Day, students will wear a tie/tie tab, all authorized ribbons and devices, and authorized function badge(s)/accouterment(s). Students may choose whether to wear short‐sleeve or long‐sleeve blue shirt. Female students may further choose to wear either skirt or slacks, and flats or heeled shoes on directed Service Uniform days.

For Reveille and Retreat, students will stand in formation in the uniform of the day. Weather is hardly an excuse to defer paying respect to the flags, so each student must be prepared for all formations. This includes, but is not limited to, an appropriate outer garment and gloves. Earmuffs are highly encouraged as the only approved head gear for formations are the ABU patrol cap, blue service/flight cap, and beret (if authorized to wear). Stocking/fleece hats or other cold‐weather head gear items are not authorized for wear in formation or performing other drills and ceremonies outdoors.

Appropriate wear of clean and serviceable Air Force Physical Training Uniforms are mandatory for all Elmendorf PME Center Human Performance activities. It is encouraged to have some type of studded shoe cover for running outdoors during the winter months.

Students will wear the Mess Dress or Semi‐Formal uniform for the evening, Dining‐Out graduation ceremony.

Our Joint and Coalition Services: For all uniforms identified above, our Joint and Coalition partners should be prepared to wear commensurate, authorized uniform items from their respective branch of service. If in question as to what the correct combination is, seek guidance through your chain‐of-command and/or authority arranging your attendance.

Air Force Uniform Information (AFPC)


"Class, Prepare to Graduate!"

The PME Center graduation ceremonies consist of a mid‐day diploma ceremony open to the public, followed by an invitation‐only awards banquet in the evening. These ceremonies are the culmination of an intensive academic endeavor for both ALS and the NCOA students. Student attendance and participation is mandatory.

ILE Diploma Ceremony

The Elmendorf PME Center facilitates a combined ALS and NCOA diploma ceremony. This is the opportunity for all of JBER, its partners, and its guests to recognize a major milestone in an enlisted member's Air Force career.

             ‐ No RSVP required
             ‐ Open to all military and civilian supporters

Location & Time:
             ‐ JBER‐Elmendorf base theater, 7122 Fighter Drive, JBER Alaska
             ‐ Time: 1045 - 1200

              ‐ Graduates will wear the uniform of the day as prescribed the commandant
              ‐ JBER Community and guests may wear uniform of the day as authorized by their commander

ALS Graduation Banquet

The Elmendorf PME Center hosts a Formal/Semi-Formal Graduation Dinner Banquet in honor of the student's academic achievements.  The event is a "Student Led, Instructor Mentored" program with graduates putting on a presentation with a graduation theme determined by the Commandant.  The Graduation Banquet is specifically designed to recognize the top graduates from both ALS and NCOA, honor all graduates and guests in attendance, while renewing commitment to the profession of arms.

              ‐ Each student is allowed to invite 1 guest of their choice on their pro‐rata sheet.
              ‐ Due to limited seating, the PME Center will limit auto‐invitations to the following in priority:
                  :1st invitation - Numbered Air Force Commanders and Command Chief Master Sergeants; Wing Commanders and Command Chief Master Sergeants
                  :2nd invitation - Group Commanders and Chief Master Sergeants
                  :3rd invitation - Squadron Commanders, Chief Master Sergeants, and First Sergeants

Location(s) & Time:
               ‐ Arctic Warrior Events Center (AWEC), 9387 Kuter Ave, JBER Alaska
               - National Guard Armory, 49000 Davis Hwy (Map)
               ‐ Time: 1730 - 2130

Cost and Payment:
               ‐ $32.00 per person
               ‐ All guests who RSVP for a seat must purchase a meal (exception children 5 & under are free)
               ‐ Payments must be made via cash or check only. Make checks payable to the ALS/NCOA Grad Fund
               ‐ Absolutely NO refunds or cancellations after 0900, 5 days prior to dinner

               ‐ Mess Dress, Semi‐formal, or Service equivalent is required for all military members regardless of military status
               ‐ Civilians are required to wear comparable attire appropriate for a formal military function

Meal Choice:
               ‐ Buffet Style

Points of Contact
- ALS Scheduling and Attendance:
ALS Commandant 
DSN 317-552-1450

- NCOA Scheduling:
Contact your respective FSS Formal Training Office and/or Unit Training Monitor

- NCOA Attendance:
Director of Education 
DSN 317-552-7086

- ALS & NCOA Graduation Ceremonies:
Elmendorf PME Center Resources Office
DSN 317-552-3150

- Professional Enhancement Seminars (NCOPE, SNCOPE) Scheduling and Attendance:
JBER Career Assistance Advisor
DSN 317-552-STAY (7829)

- First Term Airman Center Scheduling and Attendance:
DSN 317-552-1366
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