Profession of Arms Center of Excellence course guides Airmen through self, team leadership

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  • By Senior Airman Alexandria Slade
  • 926th Wing Public Affairs

A representative from the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence taught military members about using self-reflection to become a better communicator and leader in their professional and private lives during a course called Enhancing Human Capital Jan. 4, 6 and 7 at Nellis and Creech Air Force bases.

During each of the six-hour courses, attendees worked through group exercises and interacted with the instructor to learn how to elevate themselves as individuals, while improving those around them in the process.

“Many of the issues that prevent us from being a better leader, parent, spouse and friend is the fact that we harbor our own personal biases and we have a tendency to filter our interactions with others through our own experiences first,” Master Sgt. John Lewis, 926th Force Support Squadron chief of wing education and training, said.

“The main point of this course was to learn how to recognize and remove those obstacles, to recognize that everyone has their own story and everyone will see the world a little differently, which requires adaptive leadership.”

A member of the 926th Wing who attended the event said the presentation taught principles that could be used across a lifetime.

“Leadership requires constant self-improvement and the ability to adapt to another person’s experiences and personality,” Tech. Sgt. James Fuentes, 926th Wing Yellow Ribbon representative, said. “This course is useful in all areas of my life to help me become a leader across the board. It not only gave me immediate tools to use, but principles that will take practice and that I can implement moving forward to become better for myself and others.”

Though none of the PACE courses are mandatory to attend, Lt. Col. Trevor Rosenburg, the EHC course instructor during the events, said that PACE has reached out to approximately 70,000 military members since its creation in early 2015.

“We give people the basic toolset in the art of professionalism and leading themselves,” he said. “They can then carry that forward in leading others. I’ve seen the impact on attendees as they learn how to openly approach and care about the feelings and behaviors of those around them before using that understanding to better lead those same people.”

Units that want to schedule a PACE presentation at their location can call 210-652-8008 / 8057 or email