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By Senior Master Sgt. Laura Magee, State Headquarters, Nevada Air National Guard

If you are one of those who groans when they hear Force Development then worry not, I will make it as painless as possible! As we begin our third year instituting the Force Development Program, we recognize there are still a lot of questions out there. Rather than doing a comprehensive article about the importance of force development using the biggest most comprehensive words I can find, I thought I would hit ya’ll with a few highlights of what the NVANG Force Development Program is… and what it isn’t. Let’s start with the isn’ts…

Force Development ISN’T…

  • A promise of promotion or a guaranteed job/position. No, my friend, you still have to earn that on your own…sorry.
  • A list of “have to’s” on top of all the other stuff you have to worry about.
  • An exclusive program in which many apply, only a few make the cut. No siree Bob! Each and every person who submits a form is given the exact same consideration as all his/her colleagues
  • A way to earn brownie points or bullets on your EPR simply by submitting. It’s what you do after you get your vector that really counts!

 The Force Development Program IS…

  • Voluntary! You don’t have to submit! And if you do submit, you don’t have to follow the board’s recommendations (although, of course, we recommend you do).
  • All about the individual and his/her professional growth in accordance with their goals as members of the NVANG. 
  • A way to even the playing field by giving everyone who participates the same information about professional development opportunities, regardless of their rank, status, or duty title.
  • An opportunity for individuals to clarify their goals and strategically align their efforts toward meeting their goals. In other words, we cannot promise you a job or promotion, but we can tell you what you need to do to be more competitive for said job or promotion.
  • A means of gathering demographic information on the needs of the State, such as mentorship or professional development, and passing the information along to the appropriate entities. You say you want to get involved with diversity, we will pass your name along to the council as well as give you the information you need to join!
  • What makes us good at our jobs. We should never stop growing as professionals and individuals.

Well, ladies and gents, I hope that helps, but as always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! Force development may be never-ending, but it shouldn’t also be nebulous or confusing! 

Courses by grade


Professional Development Courses by recommended grade:

SSgt --> TSgt

  • No PME- great time to complete CCAF and/or civilian education (have buttons to links)
  • 4 Lenses – Offered on base, POCs Mireles, Ash, and Henson
  • John Maxwell - POC Chief Ash
  • PD Reading List
  • NCO PS Fly Away – annual- location may vary – 3 day TDY - must sign up POC CCM Drisdale
  • ICS 100/200/700/800 – (CBT time varies by course)  https://training.fema.gov/is/crslist.aspx 
  • Green Belt – Offered on base POC Kenneth Bunker

TSgt --> MSgt

  • John Maxwell - POC Chief Ash
  • PD Reading List
  • Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) (In residence or Distance Learning) https://www.my.af.mil/aurepmprod/auportal/ausso/cac/login.AirUniversity?portalAction=caclogin 
  • Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Phase I (CBT ~6 Hours) https://jkodirect.jten.mil/Atlas2/page/desktop/DesktopHome.jsf 
  • International NCO Leadership Development Seminar (INLEAD) (various locations 1 wk)
  • http://international-airreserve.com/leadership-development/inlead/index.html 
  • Senior Enlisted Joint PME (SEJPME I) (CBT ~40 hours) https://jkodirect.jten.mil/Atlas2/faces/page/login/Login.seam 

MSgt --> SMSgt

  • John Maxwell - POC Chief Ash
  • PD Reading List
  • Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Academy (NCOA) (In residence or Distance Learning) https://www.my.af.mil/aurepmprod/auportal/ausso/cac/login.AirUniversity?portalAction=caclogin 
  • Senior Enlisted Joint PME (SEJPME II) (CBT ~45 hours) https://jkodirect.jten.mil/Atlas2/faces/page/login/Login.seam 
  • Black Belt – Offered on base, POC Kenneth Bunker
  • NATO NCO Orientation Course (Germany 1 week) - unit funded, work through leadership https://www.natoschool.nato.int/ 
  • Contemporary Base Issues (CBI) (2 Days) – unit funded, provided on base, POC Col Hagen
  • Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Phase II (CBT ~3.5 Days) https://gkoportal.ng.mil/joint/J3/D05/B02/DSCAPhaseII/SitePages/Home.aspx 
  • Leadership Team Awareness Seminar (DEOMI)- (Patrick AFB 1 week) https://www.deomi.org/edu-training/courses.cfm 
  • Sister Service Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy 
  • https://www.usnwc.edu/Departments---Colleges/Senior-Enlisted-Academy.aspx 
  • http://www.forcecom.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/FORCECOM-UNITS/TraCen-Petaluma/Training/CPOA/ 
  • https://www.usmcu.edu/?q=node/32 


  • John Maxwell - POC Chief Ash
  • PD Reading List
  • Reserve Component National Security Course (RCNSC) (Washington DC 2 weeks) http://rcnsc.dodlive.mil/about/ 
  • Joint Special Operations University Senior Enlisted Academy (JSOFSEA) (CBT ~6 months MacDill AFB 2 months) https://www.socom.mil/JSOU/PubDocs/JSOUCourseCatalog.pdf Page 25 


  • John Maxwell - POC Chief Ash
  • PD Reading List
  • SLD Exec Course – Offered on base


• Google and Apple podcast links
• TED (website: https://www.ted.com/#/)
• TED Talk Daily (Podcast)
• TED Radio Hour (Podcast) 
• https://www.ted.com/podcasts/ted-radio-hour 
• Subscribe to TED YouTube channel
• Target USA Podcast by WTOP
• The John Maxwell Leadership Podcast 

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