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ALS invites families to learn about NCO duties, base resources

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U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Justin Strain, 19th Airlift Wing command chief, greets Airmen attending Airman Leadership School and their families at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 9, 2018. The ALS Soirée is an event where Airmen and their families meet representatives from organizations such as Little Rock Spouses Club, Airman & Family Readiness Center, and Family Advocacy, and learn the role of an NCO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

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U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Allee, 19th Mission Support Group commander, speaks with Airman Leadership School students during the ALS Soirée at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 9, 2018. Airmen and their families met with numerous leaders of Team Little Rock to answer questions family members may have regarding their spouse taking on more responsibility as an NCO. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michelle Jackson, Airman Leadership School instructor, briefs ALS students and their families about proper dress and etiquette at unit functions during the ALS Soirée at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 9, 2018. Airmen and their families had one-on-one conversations with representatives from organizations and enjoy games and dancing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)


Airman Leadership School is now hosting a soirée for each ALS class to welcome Airmen and their families to the leadership team, and help bridge the gap between the family and Air Force organizations at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas.

The first soirée was held in February 2018. In June 2018, it was revised from a briefing-based event to a more laid-back, social atmosphere with provided childcare. Soirées create an environment where Airmen and their families have unfettered access to one-on-one conversations with representatives from organizations such as the Little Rock Spouses Club, Family Advocacy, and Airman & Family Readiness Center.

“We’re trying to make sure we connect these Airmen and their families with these resources in a very natural, and relationship-based way,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. William Chesnutt, 19th Force Support Squadron ALS commandant. “What the soirée helps us do is break down barriers so that people know personnel from the organizations on a personal level.“

ALS students are encouraged to bring their family out to converse with base leadership, learn about organizations around Little Rock AFB, understand proper dress and etiquette as they step into the leadership role, and end the night with a bit of dancing.

“ALS is, in my opinion, the most critical professional military education Airmen receive in their careers,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Justin Strain, 19th Airlift Wing command chief. “It’s when we bring them into the supervisor role. The soirée is a chance for families to better understand what will be expected of their spouse or significant other, and what resources are available.”

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