Conversations cultivating culture

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  • By Senior Airman Kimberly L. Mueller
  • 81st Training Wing Public Affairs

Airmanship is learned by every Airman at different stages in their career to help build the culture the Air Force strives for.

“We need Airmen to understand how to identify themselves with the military and make appropriate decisions,” said Master Sgt. Kristen Jordan, Second Air Force military training leader functional manager. “In Basic Military Training, Airmen complete Airmanship 100 and in their First Term Airman’s Course at their first duty station they get Airmanship 300 with no in between, so that’s where Airmanship 200 comes in.”

Airmanship 200 is a stair-step approach to cultural development geared towards Airmen learning initial career skills at technical training.

“When Airmanship 200 was first implemented there was the question ‘How do we train this and make sure Airmen are understanding?’” said Jordan. “When the training was developed there were four of the 25 sections of Airmanship 200 training that were mandatory.”

There are currently five mandatory core sections: respect, identity, ownership, self-discipline and decision making. Due to the lengths of different career field technical trainings, a few lessons needed to be prioritized before Airmen reach their first duty location.

“Airmanship 200 is not a slideshow presentation,” said Jordan. “Military training leaders facilitate these guided discussions during an Airman’s in-processing to initial skills training, so we know we’re teaching these cultural development tools to every Airman coming through to develop the characteristics we are trying to instill.”

These guided discussions aim to get Airmen to talk to each other and to help them understand they all come from different walks of life.

“If we can get Airmen to have those conversations with each other, not just in a facilitated environment, that's where we breed culture in the best way we have ever seen,” said Jordan. “We all get so bogged down with our key duties, additional duties, education, training or development within our career fields, and sometimes we lose our way of what it means to be an Airman, but Airmanship at every level helps us to keep us developing and connected to the Air Force mission.”

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