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PACE program excels 314th AMXS Airmen

Members of the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron watch the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence video March 23, 2016, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The PACE program is an option for U.S. Air Force members to become the best possible leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano)

Members of the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron watch the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence video March 23, 2016, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The PACE program is an option for U.S. Air Force members to become the best possible leaders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano)

Members of the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron discuss the topic of excellence as part of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence program March 23, 2016, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.  The eight primary topics of PACE are commitment, core values, excellence, loyalty, mutual respect, oath, selflessness and trust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano)

Members of the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron discuss the topic of excellence as part of the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence program March 23, 2016, on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The eight primary topics of PACE are commitment, core values, excellence, loyalty, mutual respect, oath, selflessness and trust. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. -- (Editor's Note: Second Lt. Ryan Landon developed the plan for the 314th AMXS to follow the PACE program. The cadres of this program are Master Sgt. Matthew Lockwood, Master Sgt. Leif Kuester and Tech. Sgt. Alan Scalia).

Members of the 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron have hit the ground running, embracing the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence program to achieve a higher level of expertise.

In March 2015, U.S. Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, Chief of Staff of the Air Force, officially activated and assigned the PACE program to Air Education and Training Command.

PACE helps Airmen embody professional proficiency and offers them helpful tools to better prepare fellow Airmen for the future.  It's a place where Airmen can re-engage with Air Force heritage and internalize the core values. The program is an option for Air Force members to use in order to become the best possible leader.

"This squadron-level professional development effort utilizes small-group settings which our Airmen have told us are more effective," said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Darren L. Brumfield, 314th AMXS commander. "Each session focuses on a specific professional characteristic, but also encourages the Airmen to open up about any areas within the unit that require improvement."  

The eight primary topics of PACE are commitment, core values, excellence, loyalty, mutual respect, oath, selflessness and trust.

The 314th AMXS has completed eight sessions so far.  In the most recent session, approximately 15 people attended--they watched a video first and then had a guided discussion centered on the specific topic of excellence.

"Our goal is to eventually interact with every Airman on all primary topics through guided discussions every two weeks," said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Matthew Lockwood, 314th AMXS support superintendent. 

Through the program Airmen will have the tools and capabilities to overcome obstacles and further strengthen the Air Force.
For more information about the PACE program, visit www.airman.af.mil
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