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Yokota welcomes newest US, JP SNCOs with professional enhancement seminar, induction ceremony

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jarrett Smith
  • 374th Airlift Wing

Team Yokota’s newest senior non-commissioned officer selectees from the U.S. Air Force and Koku Jieitai (Japan Air Self-Defense Force) participated in a professional enhancement seminar, Aug. 28 – Sep. 1 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. 

Participants attended the seminar to learn new skills as they progress to the next level of leadership. 

“Once you cross over from technical sergeant to master sergeant, you cross over into a new tier, and with that comes brand new roles and responsibilities,” said Master Sgt. Dezarae Holden, 374th Civil Engineering Squadron Airman Dorm Leader superintendent. “This seminar is a prerequisite for being able to attend the SNCO Induction Ceremony and gives these leaders new skills to put in their tool bags as they accept their new responsibilities.” 

Service members who attended the seminar were able to speak with leadership and learn about up-and-coming implementations of new regulations and practices to the Air Force. They also acquired leadership techniques to apply to their new positions.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for us to refresh the leadership skills that we learned in the Noncommissioned Officer Academy and in Airman Leadership School,” said Tech. Sgt. Chazworth Waller, 730th Air Mobility Squadron Passenger Terminal NCO in charge. “This seminar has taught us new leadership styles and helped us understand today’s changes in our respective Air Forces as well as the objectives of the U.S.-Japan alliance. As things change and adapt, it helps us become better leaders, and I’ve taken a lot from the course.”