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Members of the Hanscom Top 3 Council, from left, Master Sgts. David Frost, vice president, Ronald Young, president, Trevor Simms, treasurer, and Tech. Sgt. Kile Barrett, secretary, discuss the council’s goals and priorities for the year during a meeting at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., March 5. Professional enlisted organizations at Hanscom are inviting new members from all ranks to participate in professional development, mentorship and volunteer opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

Members of the Hanscom Top 3 Council, from left, Master Sgts. David Frost, vice president, Ronald Young, president, Trevor Simms, treasurer, and Tech. Sgt. Kile Barrett, secretary, discuss the council’s goals and priorities for the year during a meeting at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., March 5. Professional enlisted organizations at Hanscom are inviting new members from all ranks to participate in professional development, mentorship and volunteer opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Professional organizations here are inviting new members to participate in professional development, mentorship and volunteer opportunities.

The Top 3, Rising 6 and Dorm Council offer Airmen from each enlisted tier a way to network across career fields.

“These organizations really represent our enlisted community at Hanscom, and they put us in a position to connect and make change,” said Master Sgt. Ronald Young, Hanscom’s Top 3 president.

The Dorm Council serves as a liaison between single, junior-enlisted residents and senior leaders, ensuring the quality of life in the dormitories meets the needs of Airmen. The council also organizes morale events for residents.

“Our is committed to making Airmen feel included in the decisions that affect their community,” said Senior Airman Alexandra Berumen, Dorm Council president. 

Recently, the Hanscom Airman and 5/6 Councils merged to create the Rising 6 Council, dedicated to Airmen ranks E-6 and below, including those in the Dorm Council.

“Our council is all about mentorship, leadership and guidance,” said Tech. Sgt. Talisa Bell, Rising 6 president here. “Hanscom is a unique base, with a small enlisted community, so the Rising 6 is a great way to connect.”

The Top 3 is comprised of senior noncommissioned officers, and Young said his vision for the 2021 council is to focus on professional development opportunities for individuals in top three ranks so they can better lead their troops.

“We place a lot of our focus on developing our NCOs and Airmen, but we need to ensure we take time to fine-tune our own skills,” said Young. “Improving as senior NCOs will filter down to our enlisted Airmen and back up to the officers we’re entrusted to advise.”

Young and other Top 3 board members extend an invitation to retired senior enlisted leaders to help mentor the council.

“We can’t think of anyone better than those who have been there, done that, to help mold us into stronger leaders,” said Young.

Airmen interested in the Dorm Council can contact alexandra.berumen_alcaraz@us.af.mil for more information. 

For information on the Rising 6, email talisa.m.bell.mil@mail.mil.

For information on the Top 3, email ronald.young.6@us.af.mil.