RENO, Nev. --
RENO, Nev. – Nevada Air National Guard Majors Christopher LeRoy and Reed Kobernik were two out of 87 officers selected from across the Air National Guard to attend various resident intermediate/senior developmental education and joint professional military education programs for the 2022-2023 academic year.
“It is truly rewarding to have such high-caliber Air National Guard representation across the 54,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, Director of the Air National Guard, in the announcement. “I applaud our leadership teams on investing in the Air National Guard’s future leaders.”
LeRoy, a Nevada native and current Director of Operations of the 152nd Intelligence Squadron, was selected to attend the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College (ACGSC) at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The ACGSC educates, trains and develops leaders for unified land operations in a joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational operational environment.
“I think the biggest take away will be interacting with a different service component,” said LeRoy. “That experience gives a different perspective on something that is similar.”
“Also being able to diversify myself and step away from an established pattern will provide an experience that will give me with new insight and allow me to come back and add value to the squadron in a different way.”
LeRoy also added that he looks forward to earning his master’s degree at the end of the program as well.
Meanwhile Kobernik, a Nevada C-130 pilot with the 192nd Airlift Squadron and current Congressional Liaison at the Pentagon, was selected to be part of the Air Force Legislative Fellowship program (AFLL) in Washington, D.C.
The Air Force Legislative Fellows program provides qualified officers, enlisted, and civilians possessing proven leadership potential with in-depth exposure to the processes, procedures, and culture of the United States Congress.
One AFLL group has participate in the program every year since 1996.
These developmental programs are designed to be a completive, deliberate and vital element in preparing officers for future leadership roles. Adjutants General and Wing Commanders play a vital role in this by selecting only those officers they believe demonstrate the potential to serve in key roles within the National Guard.