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Graduating ALS students hear from clinic’s senior enlisted member

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Eleven Airmen attending Airman Leadership School completed the first step in their professional development following a graduation ceremony at the Minuteman Commons here Feb. 8.

The training provides senior airmen with the knowledge to provide feedback to subordinates, write enlisted performance reports, prepare letters of counseling and more.

Chief Master Sgt. Adam Page, 66th Medical Squadron superintendent and the guest speaker, was a John Levitow award recipient when he attended ALS at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 2000.

“ALS was a significant milestone in my career that would prove to pay dividends on my journey to chief master sergeant,” he said. “I remember the feeling of accomplishment and the realization that I was no longer just an airman, I was now a supervisor.”

He spoke about the responsibilities each airman now faces as they return to their respective organizations.

“ALS ushers senior airmen and staff sergeants into the vital role and distinction as a leader. It’s a gateway to additional responsibility, a pathway for mentorship and a catalyst that ignites the execution of Airmanship,” he said.

He closed by requesting the 11 graduates “accept the challenge to foster, develop and model trustworthiness in your work centers.”

Following the guest speaker, school officials announced the names of four Airmen who received awards.

For class 19-Charlie, the school’s top award, the John L. Levitow Award, went to Senior Airman Ryan Prairie, 64th Air Refueling Squadron, Pease Air National Guard Base in New Hampshire. This award goes to the student who achieves the highest overall standing from a combination of academic scores, performance evaluation and leadership qualities. It's the highest honor awarded to an enlisted PME student.

The Academic Achievement Award went to Senior Airman Ibraim Usmanov, 439th Aeromedical Staging Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. This award goes to the student who achieves the highest summative scores throughout the class and who displays all characteristics of an effective leader. The recipient also must have fostered teamwork within the training environment.

Senior Airman Michele Anderson, Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Integration Directorate at Hanscom, captured the Commandant Award. This award goes to the student who displays all the characteristics of an effective leader. Once all other factors are considered, the ALS commandant renders the final judgment on who receives this award.

Receiving the Dress and Appearance Award was Senior Airman Caleb Kenley, 66th Security Forces Squadron.

Other students who completed the course include:

Senior Airman Jacob Bishop, 157th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Pease ANGB

Senior Airman Gabriel Brown, 64th Air Refueling Squadron, Pease ANGB

Senior Airman John Dilks, 177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City International Airport, New Jersey

Senior Airman Timothy Lewis-Smith, 66th Security Forces Squadron

Senior Airman Alyssa Lucero-Pick, 66th Medical Squadron

Senior Airman Frederick Olivari, 2nd Weather Squadron, Detachment 2, Westover ARB

Senior Airman Colin Quirk, 42nd Aerial Port Squadron, Westover ARB

Each graduate earned the U.S. Air Force NCO PME graduation ribbon.