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Airman leadership school class 18-8, I-flight at the Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center, June 6, 2018, on McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Tenn. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Airman Leadership School outside

Senior Airmen in the Airman Leadership School Blended Learning Class 18-1 were having fun outdoors, Dec. 1, 2017, during their two weeks of hands-on learning in East Tennessee. Marching a flight may not have been easy, but there was plenty of camaraderie and encouragement. The Chief Master Sergeant Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center is where Air National Guard Airmen go for the combined distance learning and resident course. The class graduates before the holiday. (U.S. Air Force photos/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Senior Airmen in Airman Leadership School, classes 17-6 and 17-7 stand at parade rest, June 13, 2017, during morning reveille at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. About 42 Airmen in 17-6 will graduate their phase-two portion of the blended-learning course during a banquet this Friday. There are 163 Airmen in Class 17-7, undergoing the five-week in-resident course, which holds their graduation banquet June 29. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

Senior Airmen in Airman Leadership School, classes 17-6 and 17-7 stand at parade rest, June 13, 2017, during morning reveille at the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center in Louisville, Tenn. About 42 Airmen in 17-6 will graduate their phase-two portion of the blended-learning course during a banquet this Friday. There are 163 Airmen in Class 17-7, undergoing the five-week in-resident course, which holds their graduation banquet June 29. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)

MCGHEE TYSON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Tenn. --

Airman Leadership School is a whirlwind experience for Senior Airmen and the first opportunity in professional military education.

Students have a total of 24 training days that are spread out over the course of five weeks. Each day brings a unique set of stressors and challenges, and before you know it, graduation has come and gone.

Maybe you have heard the phrase, "re‐blued?" The curriculum is based on the Air Force's Institutional Competencies in AFI 36‐2618, or more commonly referred to as the Little Brown Book. 

Their toolboxes are now full of all sorts of leadership principals, just waiting for an opportunity to be used. They may think, "What is the right time? Are people judging me because they know I returned from PME?"

I can say from my personal experience that, "yes, they are judging you." Leadership takes courage, both physically and mentally.

As Airmen return to their home stations, they are more than likely to encounter those who want them to share their experiences as well as those who are opposed to them. Do not let the later discourage them from making an impact. Do not allow their opportunities to pass them by.

(Master Sgt. William Bryant is the superintendent of Airman Leadership School at the Chief Master Sgt. Paul H. Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Center. Originally published in the Lankford Newsletter, May 2018.)