Through these doors walk the greatest Americans our nation has to offer…and that is YOU! I look forward to meeting you soon and partnering with you on your Air Force journey. The following paragraphs are just a few initial thoughts to help frame your vision of PME before you arrive.
Our team at the Elmendorf PME Center will strive to develop in you Air Force institutional competencies and sub-competencies. We will help you become more effective leaders of people, teams, mission sets, and programs – all in order to fly, fight, and win.
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.
To prepare you for attendance at Airman Leadership School or the Intermediate Leadership Experience, please heed the following:
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, laziness, your primary job (you are here to learn), and negative attitudes.
The Terrain: You're in a professional military environment; do not engage in behaviors that violate the UCMJ, Air Force instructions, or local guidance. Keep your relationships at the PME center professional. Listen to your PME leadership; come here trusting your cadre of instructors – they genuinely care and want the best for you.
Your Flight (Team)/Support Available: Your teammates are key to your success. Adopt study habits that encourage constructive criticism and peer‐feedback. Serve each other, be honest with each other, and take care of each other – from day one.
Your Time: Study...time management is paramount. 24 hours a day are yours to execute or waste.
The Culture: Be aware of the culture of the classroom environment. In regards to insult and academic freedom, exercise academic freedom with good judgment. Diversity sometimes causes offense; however, don't be abrasive simply to offend. Stand for, and defend, your beliefs and values but do so with humility and honor.
Finally, I want you to keep these three things in mind throughout your PME experience:
Core Values: Integrity, service, and excellence are critically important to everything we do. Our core values are more than minimum standards. They inspire us to do our very best at all times. They are our common bond and the glue that unifies our Air Force of the past, present, and future.
Relationships: The people you meet during PME will be your wingmen for a season of your life. Where those relationships go after your course is up to you, but I promise that decades from now you will remember names, faces, fun times, and tough times from your PME experience. Cultivate those relationships during this growth stage…and then watch them blossom and flourish over the years to come.
Your Story/Your “Why”: Everyone has a story. Your story is your “why”. Your story and your “why” may include faith, family, friends, or career. Your story and your “why” shows everyone what you believe in, what you’re working towards, and why you’re serving in the Air Force. Your PME experience is now a part of your story. What story will you tell in the future and what will become a part of your “why”?
CMSgt Michael J. Venning
Commandant, Elmendorf PME Center
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska