WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Promotion. Pay raise. Increased responsibility. Upward mobility. Career progression. Goals.
These are words we hear every day, and whether military or civilian, can define career and job satisfaction. But in the labyrinth of the DoD bureaucracy, the key to achieving these goals can be daunting. That’s where the Air Force Materiel Command Career Development Event can help with career focus and preparation for that next step.
This is the second year for the event, which was established to fill a gap in mentorship and career progression.
“Our senior leaders here felt there was a need for the workforce to have an opportunity to hear from senior leaders. They are the heads of these career fields, and they can provide some valuable insight on career development,” said Patricia Wortham, the AFMC Logistics Headquarters Training Focal Point for the event.
The two-part event is April 11 at AFIT’s Kenney Hall, and is sponsored by AFMC’s Executive Director’s Office and the AFMC Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection Directorate. Part one is a senior leader panel that features members of the Senior Executive Service from a wide variety of career fields. It is open to all military and civilian personnel, and runs from 9 – 11 a.m.
“You can expect engaging and thought-provoking dialogue, networking opportunities and thoughtful insight from our very own SES members,” said Wortham. “It’s important for the workforce to not only be proactive in their career development but also get in front of folks that can help guide them towards their goals - mentorship is vital.”
Members of the SES panel are:
Jeffery Shelton - Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Jorge Gonzalez - Director of Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Engineering and Technical Management/Services Directorate, WPAFB
Don Kendrick - Senior Financial Advisor, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB
John W. “Bill” Snodgrass - Director, Manpower, Personnel and Services, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command
Heidi Bullock - Director of Contracting, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, WPAFB
Edwin Oshiba – Director of Civil Engineers, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
Jeffrey Allen – Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.
Part two of the event runs from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. and is focused on writing Executive Core Qualifications, a key document for those aspiring to become a member of the SES. This audience is limited to NH-04, GS-15 and military O-6 and above. Shelton and Oshiba will lead this session. Registration is not required for either session.
All of the sessions will be recorded and made available at a later date for those who are unable to attend in person.
For those who already understand how to write an ECQ, an additional opportunity exists on April 12. Four SES members will be available to go over a pre-submitted ECQ. This is limited to the first 10 individuals that provide a two-page maximum Word document to Wortham. The deadline for submission is March 28, and once accepted, you will be provided a calendar appointment for a one-on-one session with either Shelton, Oshiba, Bullock, or Allen.