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Top 3 establish developmental special duty mentors program

The Hanscom Top 3 Council has established a mentorship program for Airmen at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., interested in developmental special duties. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lauren Russell)

The Hanscom Top 3 Council has established a mentorship program for Airmen at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., interested in developmental special duties. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Lauren Russell)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Members of the Hanscom Top 3 Council have established a mentorship program for Airmen interested in developmental special duties.

The program will match Airmen interested in special duties with a mentor who has performed that duty, such as first sergeants, Airman Leadership and technical school cadre, or recruiters, and allow the Airmen to shadow a mentor and get their questions answered.  

“This program is a great opportunity for Airmen and young noncommissioned officers to get a better understanding of these duties and see if it’s something they would be interested in,” said Master Sgt. Sean Bilodeau, 319th Recruiting Squadron Enlisted Accessions Flight chief and member of the Top 3 here.  

Bilodeau, who is a heavy equipment operator by trade, said he was nominated for a special duty as a recruiter by his chain of command in 2015.

“It’s been such a great experience and so rewarding,” he said. 

Bilodeau said while stepping out of one’s career field can be intimidating, it’s a great way to expand professional opportunities.

“I encourage everyone to keep an open mind about their careers,” he said. “Leadership opportunities don’t come every day, and this could be your chance to lead.”

For additional information or to be matched with a mentor, email sean.bilodeau@us.af.mil.