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ALS continues to graduate next generation of leaders virtually

Students attending from across the country participate in a virtual Airman Leadership School lesson hosted at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., March 24. The five-week professional military education course prepares students to become front-line supervisors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

Students attending from across the country participate in a virtual Airman Leadership School lesson hosted at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., March 24. The five-week professional military education course prepares students to become front-line supervisors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Mark Herlihy)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. --

Airman Leadership School officials held a virtual graduation ceremony here for 11 soon-to-be Air Force and Coast Guard front-line supervisors March 25.

During the five-week professional military education, students completed all course work online.

“ALS equipped me with the skills and confidence to become a leader in the Air Force,” said Senior Airman Cashae Hinton, who received the John L. Levitow Award for the class.

Hinton, a member of the 66th Security Forces Squadron, received the award for having the highest overall standing from a combination of academic scores, performance evaluation and leadership qualities.

Senior Chief Boatswain's Mate Jesse Duff, the class mentor and guest speaker for the ceremony, thanked class organizers from the 66th Force Support Squadron for providing leadership opportunities to members of the Coast Guard.

“Every opportunity I had to join the class, students provided great questions, input and perspectives that proved to me they are ready for their next chapter of service to the country,” said Duff, who serves as the command senior enlisted leader for Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound in Connecticut.

During the ceremony, school officials announced the names of other award recipients.

The Academic Achievement Award went to Senior Airman Jaelynn Savage, 66th Comptroller Squadron. This award goes to the student who achieves the highest summative scores throughout the class and who displays characteristics of an effective leader. The recipient also must have fostered teamwork within the training environment.

Senior Airman Arienthea Gray, 66th Medical Squadron, received the Commandant Award. This award goes to the student who displays all the characteristics of a leader. Once all other factors are considered, the ALS commandant renders the final judgment on who receives this award.

Other students who completed the course:

Senior Airman Connor Buckingham, 271st Combat Communications Squadron, Pennsylvania Air National Guard, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania

Senior Airman Nicholas Evans, 47th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

Senior Airman Evan Flores, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-Northeast at Hanscom AFB

Senior Airman Alyssa Hawkins - 94th Aero Medical Evacuation Squadron, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Marietta, Georgia

Senior Airman Matthew Holmes, JPPSO

Petty Officer Third Class Obafemi Igbokoyi, Joint Base Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Senior Airman Alishya Keeney, 66th Security Forces Squadron

Petty Officer Third Class Matthew Streeter, Sector Long Island South, New Haven, Connecticut

Each graduate earned the U.S. Air Force noncommissioned officer professional military education graduation ribbon.