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Edwards ALS graduates its largest class

From left: Col. Jason Schott, 412th Test Wing vice commander, presents the Airman Leadership School John L. Levitow Award to Senior Airman Donald Badgett, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, along with Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons, 412th TW command chief. A graduation ceremony was held at Club Muroc Dec. 8 for ALS Class 17A. The Levitow award is presented to the student that demonstrated the most outstanding leadership and scholastic qualities. Selection is based on academic performance and assignment of points by peers and instructors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Gocong)

From left: Col. Jason Schott, 412th Test Wing vice commander, presents the Airman Leadership School John L. Levitow Award to Senior Airman Donald Badgett, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron, along with Chief Master Sgt. Todd Simmons, 412th TW command chief. The Levitow award is presented to the student that demonstrated the most outstanding leadership and scholastic qualities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Gocong)

The 412th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School Class 17A graduated 44 senior airmen and one civilian Dec. 8. at Club Muroc. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Gocong)

The 412th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School Class 17A graduated 44 senior airmen and one civilian Dec. 8. at Club Muroc. (U.S. Air Force photo by Joseph Gocong)

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --

The 412th Force Support Squadron’s Airman Leadership School ended 2016 on a high note by graduating 44 senior airmen and one civilian Dec. 8. According to 412th Test Wing leadership and ALS staff, the newest crop of graduates is one for the record books.

“Class 17A was the largest class in Edwards history,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Magas, ALS commandant. “The increase in class size is driven by Air Force Total Force initiatives aimed at a greater inclusion of Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard in-residence Enlisted Professional Military Education experiences. This allows our brothers and sisters in arms the opportunity to otherwise get a full ALS experience rather than an online version of the course.”

The Air Force Total Force program also allows civilian Airmen to attend ALS. In February, two civilians from Edwards were the first to graduate from ALS in Air Force Materiel Command.

Air Guard and Air Reserve Airmen are nominated through their respective commands and assigned ALS slots where available, including at Edwards, which Magas said is very accommodating to higher-headquarter needs.

“I personally feel it's the best thing we could have ever done within the EPME community. Regardless of our Air Force component, we serve as Airmen and should be trained in the same regard,” Magas said.

ALS is a five-week United States Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on building leadership and team development abilities as well as effective communication.

Wing leadership says they would also like to expand ALS in the future by inviting sister service and foreign military members on base to attend.

ALS Class 17A

Sean Smith, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Distinguished Graduate)

George Forder, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Jeffrey Warner, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Jerome Hughes, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Sirshawn Kirby, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Ronald E. Mansfield III, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Timothy Konrad, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Aaron Jaime, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Shelby Throckmorton, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Matthew Watters, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Academic Achiever)

Mitchell J.Mosier, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Keenan Gibbsaustin, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Eric Penokie, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Austin Leachman, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Jesse Chavez, 412th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (Distinguished Graduate)

Brandon Gordon, 412th Comptroller Squadron

Ryan Chong, 412th Communications Squadron

Michael Kaszuba, 412th Maintenance Group

Kenroy Steele, 412th Maintenance Squadron

Douglas Gore, 412th Maintenance Squadron (Commandant’s Award)

Kevin Hitchcock, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Cristina Little, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Savanna Hignojoz, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Anthony Cavallo, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Keneshia Tinniehill, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Jonathan Slusser, 412th Security Forces Squadron

Alexis Connors, 412th Medical Operations Squadron

Austin Duncan, 412th Medical Operations Squadron

Christopher Ramos (civilian), 812th Civil Engineer Squadron

Victoria Corley, 412th Test Wing

Steven Barnes, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group (Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada)

Virginia Guitierrez, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group

Aaron Gross, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron

Donald Badgett, 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron (John L. Levitow Award Winner)

Terrell Harris, 912th Air Refueling Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, California)

Kyle Hauck, 912th Air Refueling Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, California)

Rachel Kane, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron (Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington)

Ryhan Gage, 452nd Force Support Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, California)

Andrea Bower, 56th Aerial Port Squadron (March Air Reserve Base, California)

Thomas Rocky, 452nd Maintenance Squadron

Thomas Collins, 446th Civil Engineer Squadron

Evan Williams, 146th Logistics Readiness Squadron (California Air National Guard, Oxnard, California)

John Raymer, 150th Civil Engineer Flight

Andres Garciaacosta, 144th Civil Engineer Squadron

Amethyst Jefferson, 144th Civil Engineer Squadron