Mentoring not only helps Airmen discover their strengths, but it also helps them makes strides towards achieving their full potential through a structured, trusting mentoring relationship.
Through the telling of first-person experiences, we share the impact of mentoring -- on both mentors and mentees. Here you will find a series of written viewpoints and video interviews from Airmen around the command representative of different stages of Air Force careers. Both senior leaders and junior members of the command's workforce share why mentoring is so valuable.
What is one thing that Steve Jobs, Benjamin E. Mays, Maya Angelou and Luther Powell all have in common? All of them were mentors to individuals who accomplished great things in the world. Mr. Jobs mentored Mark Zuckerberg, Mr. Mays mentored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ms. Angelou mentored Oprah Winfrey and Mr. Powell mentored his son, retired Gen. Colin Powell.
"To help the AFMC be the best it can be, I ask each of you to participate in mentorship. Everyone can be both a mentor and a mentee. Mentoring an Airman is a way to pass on what you know and have learned throughout your career. At one time or another each of us has had someone guide us on our journey; it's now your turn to help guide another."
- Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., Commander
If you already have a mentor, continue to build that bond. If you are searching for a mentor, reach out to a person you respect and want to someday emulate. Remember: mentorship is a two-way street. It takes time, effort and most of all, a willingness to open yourself up to new experiences. The effort you make today can elevate your career to the next level!
Mentoring: Why is mentoring important?
AFMC Executive Director
Tell me, teach me, involve me
AFMC Director, Manpower, Personnel and Services
Guidance, support play role in mentoring dynamics
Gail Forest Director, AFMC Engineering & Technical Management
The principles of mentorship
Director, AFMC Contracting
Do I need a mentor?
AFMC Senior Financial Advisor
Mentoring: Developing discipline & mastery
Master Sgt. Michael Stevens
Military Training Flight Chief
All because of my mentors
Capt. Andrew Beckman, AFMC A5/8/9
New environment brings chances for career collaboration, mentoring
Keri Poole, Air Force Personnel Center Staffing, WPAFB
Mentors can come by way of networks, shared advice
Victoria Russell, 771st Enterprise Sourcing Squadron, AFICA
Mentors can help shape career outlook, resiliency
Rebecca Houghton, AFMC Directorate of Contracting
Mentors provide guidance, expectations amid new Air Force experiences
Mike King, 88th Force Support Development Education
To view the full archive of Air Force Materiel Command Mentoring products, visit our feature page on DVIDS at:
AFMC Mentor Handbook
AFMC Mentee Handbook
Air Force Manual 36-2643, Air Force Mentoring Program
PACE Mentoring Relationships