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March 12, 2012 at 4:13am

446th Airlift Wing to host annual Professional Development Seminar

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 "Lead, follow, or get out of the way!"

This is the theme for the 2012 446th Airlift Wing Professional Development Seminar here, June 4-5, in Hangar 9.

Like previous seminars, there is no cost and both enlisted and junior officers are encouraged to attend.

This year, will feature Chief Master Sgt. Kathleen Buckner, Air Force Reserve Command command chief as guest speaker.

"Chief Buckner is a prior first sergeant," said Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Mack, 86th Aerial Port Squadron first sergeant. "With her experience, she can easily tailor her message to reach all of the enlisted ranks. We welcome her to our seminar with open arms in taking the time to spread her message and talk about the enlisted development plan," added Mack, who will take over as 446th AW command chief, April.

Chief Master Sgt. Karilyn Graham, 446th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron first sergeant and wing Yellow Ribbon Program representative, will give a class on resume writing as one of the seminar's highlights.

"Many employers recognize that candidates with a military background have valuable experience," she said. "But it's often difficult to decipher that information from a military resume. This class will teach you how to describe your experience in a way potential civilian employers will understand it."

In addition to resume writing, there are a myriad of other topics which will be covered during the two-day event, including:

· Choosing your direction
· Time management
· Family resiliency
· What to expect when you deploy
· Servant leadership
· Decision making
· Military education
· Falling forward

"The whole concept of the seminar is to develop Airmen to become better leaders," said Mack. "This is an ongoing process to help Reservists lead, develop and perform so they can, in return, develop younger Airmen.

Monday's uniform will be any combination of blues. The uniform of the day will be Tuesday's attire.

For more information on the Professional Development Seminar, contact your squadron first sergeant or unit career advisor.

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