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166th Airlift Wing hosts first Speed Mentoring Event

Chief Master Sgt. Summer Brown, 166th Operations Group Superintendent, addresses Airmen at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. This event allowed young Airmen to engage with senior leaders to address concerns, discuss military-related topics and gain a deeper understanding of how their Air Force specialty code impacts the state and national missions in a round-table discussion fashion. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Lowe)

Chief Master Sgt. Summer Brown, 166th Operations Group Superintendent, addresses Airmen at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. This event allowed young Airmen to engage with senior leaders to address concerns, discuss military-related topics and gain a deeper understanding of how their Air Force specialty code impacts the state and national missions in a round-table discussion fashion. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Lowe)

Senior Airman Jonathan Keith, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman, listens to a senior leader at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. During this event, Airmen were granted opportunities to partake in two-way communication with senior leaders about various topics. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Senior Airman Jonathan Keith, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman, listens to a senior leader at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. During this event, Airmen were granted opportunities to partake in two-way communication with senior leaders about various topics. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Senior Airman Jonathan Keith, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman, listens to a senior leader at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. During this event, Airmen were granted opportunities to partake in two-way communication with senior leaders about various topics. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Chief Master Sgt. William Horay, 166th Airlift Wing command chief, listens to Airmen at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. Each leader was given a specific topic, such as retention and personal and professional development, to discuss with their group. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Chief Master Sgt. Patti Ann Ottinger, Delaware Air National Guard state command chief, listens to Airmen at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. After eight minutes, leaders switched groups to speak to other Airmen about their topic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

Chief Master Sgt. Patti Ann Ottinger, Delaware Air National Guard state command chief, listens to Airmen at the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Delaware. After eight minutes, leaders switched groups to speak to other Airmen about their topic. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Michaels)

NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Delaware --

First-term Airmen assigned to various units within the 166th Airlift Wing participated in the first Delaware Air National Guard Speed Mentoring Event, Dec. 1, 2018 at New Castle Air National Guard Base, Del.

This event allowed young Airmen to engage with senior leaders to address concerns, discuss military-related topics and gain a deeper understanding of how their Air Force specialty code impacts the state and national missions in a round-table discussion fashion.

“I think this event really benefits our young Airmen by allowing them to get some one-on-one time and insight from our top leadership,” said Chief Master Sgt. Shane Hummel, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle fleet manager. “This gives them the opportunity to take what they learn and give it back to those in their charge which will help all Airmen understand just how important they are to the mission.”

Some of the 166th AW and Delaware Air National Guard’s top leaders joined a group of Airmen. Each leader was given a specific topic, such as retention and personal and professional development, to discuss with their group. After eight minutes, leaders switched groups to speak to other Airmen about their topic.

Airmen were granted opportunities to partake in two-way communication with senior leaders about the topics at hand.

“This event benefitted me greatly,” said Senior Airman Jonathan Keith, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron air transportation journeyman. “It allowed me to give feedback to our leaders and it shows that they care about what we’re experiencing, what affects us and what concerns we have.”