Development and Training Flight prepares future Airmen
By Senior Airman Brett Clashman, 926th Wing public affairs
/ Published March 31, 2016
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- After raising your right hand for the Oath of Enlistment at the nearest Military Entrance Processing Station, it begs the questions of what it'll be like when you leave to be the future of the U.S. Air Force. Fortunately, the 926th Wing has implemented a development and training program for future Airmen waiting to leave for Basic Military Training, providing the basic military principles to lead trainees to success.
A program instituted by Air Force Reserve Command, the training flight is in step with the Delayed Entry Program for future trainees waiting to leave for BMT at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The Air Force is the only service branch with a program of this nature.
"Recruiters in the local populace have the opportunity to hand future trainees off to the program manager in charge of the training flight, acting as their first line of communication," said Master Sgt. Nathan Thorn, 926th Security Forces Squadron first sergeant and former program manager for the Development and Training Flight, 926th Wing. "Designated dates are set aside for our 22 trainees, learning basic principles in the military that range from parade drilling to customs and courtesies."
Thorn iterated the importance of having a program that drives future Airmen to be successful.
"We want our future Airmen to get a taste of what a typical Unit Training Assembly will consist of; everything we do is a training tool," Thorn added. "Any exposure to what they may potentially see at Basic Military Training, like reciting the Airman's Creed, forges them a step ahead of what the Air Force expects from them as future Airmen."
Senior Airman Richard Sorensen, an Airman assigned to the 26th Space Aggressor Squadron, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., was a member of the training flight for nine months before departing for BMT. "This is the first step on an amazing journey; you are there to learn and answer the questions you have before you leave for Lackland," said Sorensen. "Being a trainee in the training flight afforded me more opportunities and responsibilities, it allowed me to help grow the program and learn how to manage people."
Sorensen credited Thorn's leadership for success in his training.
"Master Sergeant Thorn was a great mentor and gave me very useful insight into how a Non-Commissioned Officer thinks and how helpful it would be for me at Basic Military Training," Sorensen added.
Thorn touched on his personal thoughts on how important the training program is.
"I love this program. Setting a tone for them and simulating a military environment brings satisfaction, ensuring these kids will be successful in the future."