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AFMC mentoring awareness campaign

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.

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THE MENTORING "WHY"

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 Viewpoints

Deborah Lee James, the 23rd Secretary of the Air Force, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Nov. 20, 2019. Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from Air Force leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
Lt. Gen. Jacqueline D. Van Ovost, Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force, the Pentagon, Arlington, Virginia, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Nov. 20, 2019. Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from Air Force leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
Maj. Gen. Carl Schaefer, Deputy Commander, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship, Nov. 14, 2018. AFMC shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Matthew Clouse)
Chief Master Sgt. Stanley Cadell, Command Chief, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship. AFMC shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Matthew Clouse)
Through the telling of first-person stories, Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring as part of the command's mentoring awareness efforts. This interview with Patricia Young, AFMC Executive Director, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship.
Lt. Gen. Robert McMurry, Air Force Materiel Command Interim Commander and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Commander, shares his perspective on the importance of mentorship. The Air Force Materiel Command Mentorship Program uses first-person stories to share perspectives, relate experiences, and work through the challenges of mentoring. (U.S. Air Force video by Christopher Decker, Matthew Clouse, Phillip Cowen, and Ryan Law)
Maj. Gen. Stacey T. Hawkins, Director of Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, shares his perspective on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2019. The Air Force Materiel Command Mentorship Program uses first-person stories to share perspectives, relate experiences, and work through the challenges of mentoring. (U.S. Air Force video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)
Maj. Gen. Kenneth Bibb, Director of Air, Space & Cyberspace, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship, April 23, 2019. AFMC shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Chris Decker)
Brig. Gen. Evan C. Dertien, Acting Commander, Air Force Research Laboratory, shares his perspective on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, Nov. 18, 2019. The Air Force Materiel Command Mentorship Program uses first-person stories to share perspectives, relate experiences, and work through the challenges of mentoring. (U.S. Air Force video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Ms. Teresa Bickett, Deputy Director of Financial Management, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship, April 23, 2019. AFMC shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Chris Decker)
Sara Keller, Deputy Director of Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection & Nuclear Integration, Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship, April 23, 2019. AFMC shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Ryan Law)
Col. Scott Rummage, Air Force Materiel Command Chaplain, shares his perspective on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Jan. 22, 2019. The Air Force Materiel Command Mentorship Program uses first-person stories to share perspectives, relate experiences, and work through the challenges of mentoring. (U.S. Air Force video by Christopher Decker, Matthew Clouse, Phillip Cowen, and Ryan Law)
Col. Lyle Drew, Air Force Materiel Command Director of Staff, shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Airman 1st Class Emily Woodring)
Through the telling of first-person stories, Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring as part of the command's mentoring awareness efforts. This interview with Jack Blackhurst, Executive Director Air Force Research Laboratory, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship.
Through the telling of first-person stories, Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring as part of the command's mentoring awareness efforts. This interview with Mr. Don Kendrick, AFMC Senior Financial Advisor, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship.
Through the telling of first-person stories, Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring as part of the command's mentoring awareness efforts. This interview with Ms. Heidi Bullock, AFMC Director of Contracting and a member of the Senior Executive Service, shares her perspectives on the importance of mentorship.
David Robertson, Executive Director, Air Force Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2018. Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Airman 1st Class Emily Woodring)
Terry Edwards, Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Nov. 14, 2018. Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring through first-person experiences from its leaders. (U.S. Air Force Video by Airman 1st Class Emily Woodring)
Through the telling of first-person stories, Air Force Materiel Command shares the impact of mentoring as part of the command's mentoring awareness efforts. This interview with Master Sgt. Michael Stevens, USAFSAM Military Training Flight Chief, shares his perspectives on the importance of mentorship.

Senior Leader Viewpoints

YoungMentoring: Why is mentoring important? 
Patricia Young
AFMC Executive Director

YoungTell me, teach me, involve me 
Bill Snodgrass
AFMC Director, Manpower, Personnel and Services

GuiGail Forestdance, support play role in mentoring dynamics
Gail Forest
Director, AFMC Engineering & Technical Management

The princHeidi Bullockiples of mentorship
Heidi Bullock
Director, AFMC Contracting

KendrickDo I need a mentor?             
Don Kendrick 
AFMC Senior Financial Advisor

MSgt StevensMentoring:  Developing discipline & mastery
Master Sgt. Michael Stevens
Military Training Flight Chief

 

Mentee Viewpoints

Beckman

All because of my mentors
Capt. Andrew Beckman, AFMC A5/8/9

 

 

PooleNew environment brings chances for career collaboration, mentoring
Keri Poole, Air Force Personnel Center Staffing, WPAFB

 

 

RussellMentors 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

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Want to share how your mentor inspired you? Know someone whose career was influenced by a great mentoring relationship?


Then let us know! Send an email to the AFMC mentoring team and share your story. You may be one of our next featured video interviews or articles on this page. 

Mentoring Archive

To view the full archive of Air Force Materiel Command Mentoring products, visit our feature page on DVIDS at:

https://go.usa.gov/xPhhz

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Mentoring Tip

bulbQ: What steps should I take to secure a mentor? 

A: Make a list of possible mentors according to personal criteria and desires for the mentoring relationship.

Source: Air Force Mentoring Toolkit