The Mississippi Air National Guard hosted a Leadership Development Course for 50 select Airmen from around the state.
Both officers and enlisted were invited to attend the series on Aug. 30-31. Airmen were selected based on their qualifications to potentially lead and mentor other service members.
Key leadership from the Mississippi Army and Air National Guard participated in the course, including Brig. Gen. Mike Nabors, assistant adjutant general – air, and Command Sgt. Maj. John Raines, senior enlisted advisor.
Gov. Phil Bryant was the keynote speaker at an open discussion on the importance of good leadership at Joint Force Headquarters Aug. 31.
Bryant answered questions from members of the audience seeking guidance in their careers.
“If I have a goal and I have a plan and I execute that plan, I should not fail. If you get accustomed to accepting failure, then it’s easier to accept,” Bryant said.
Key leaders emphasized the importance of having a sense of urgency as a leader throughout the training.
“I appreciate the opportunity to come here and listen to and learn from senior leaders from across the state,” said Maj. Glen Hansford, a pilot for the 172d Air Wing.
The course is beneficial to Airmen in reminding them of their duties as leaders and the importance of helping service members prepare for their next positions as they rise through the ranks.
“We are given many opportunities to lead others by virtue of our service and often because of our rank. None should be squandered or shirked,” said Captain Rachel Michel of the 172d AW.
This is the third annual mentorship course held for Airmen in Mississippi.