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Flight commanders gather for annual workshop

Flight leaders embrace challenges, opportunities

Lt. Col. Brent Drown, 340th Flying Training Group director of operations, discusses challenges and opportunities of leadership at the flight level during the annual flight commanders’ workshop held in Fredericksburg, Texas, May 6-9. The annual workshop enables squadron flight leaders to hone leadership skills, and communicate concerns to group senior leaders and staff in an open forum. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janis El Shabazz)

Flight leaders embrace challenges, opportunities

Lt. Col. Sara Linck, 340th Flying Training Group continuous process improvement manager, briefed attendees on performance reports, decorations and awards during the annual flight commanders’ workshop held May 6-9 in Fredericksburg, Texas. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janis El Shabazz)

Flight leaders embrace challenges, opportunities

Former 340th Flying Training Group Deputy Commander Col. Janette Thode, now assigned to the Pentagon, spent time with group members during the group’s annual flight commander’s workshop, providing promotion and development guidance, ensuring squadron leaders have the tools they need to care for their Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janis El Shabazz)

Flight leaders embrace challenges, opportunities

340th Flying Training Group current and former senior leaders participate in the annual flight commanders’ workshop held May 6-9 in Fredericksburg, Texas. Pictured are (standing) Lt. Col. Brent Drown, director of operations, and (seated left to right) Lt. Col. James Nelson, interim deputy commander; Col. Allen Duckworth, commander; and Col. Janette Thode, former deputy commander, now assigned to the Pentagon. (U.S. Air Force photo by Janis El Shabazz)

JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas – Flight commanders from the 340th Flying Training Group’s six flying training squadrons gathered last week in Fredericksburg, Texas, for the annual flight commanders’ workshop.

Although topics of discussion ranged from improving and standardizing processes to highlighting individual and team contributions, the primary purpose of the workshop was to prepare flight commanders for the challenges and opportunities of leadership at the flight level, said 340th FTG Director of Operations Lt. Col. Brent Drown.

Additional education and discussion covered evaluations and awards processes, promotions, the role of development teams and the Airman gaining process.  Headquarters briefers included group judge advocate Lt. Col. Jackie Christilles, health services NCO Tech. Sgt. Alecia Lovci, and plans and programs chief Lt. Col. James Morgan, who discussed legal expectations, line of duty determinations, deployment guidance and developmental education opportunities.

Maj. David Mitchell, 96th Flying Training Squadron, facilitated discussion on what is and is not working, after which Drown wrapped up the three-day workshop with a question-and-answer session.