HomeNewsArticle Display

AFMC reinforces value of mentoring, AFMC We Need

Gen Arnold W. Bunch Jr., Commander of Air Force Materiel Command, shares his perspective on the importance of mentorship. The Air Force Materiel Command Mentorship Program uses first-person stories to share perspectives, relate experiences, and work through the challenges of mentoring. (U.S. Air Force video by 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) --

To ensure the command and the Air Force has a strong leadership base to fly, fight and win into the future, the Air Force Materiel Command continues to encourage personnel at all levels to participate in mentorship programs in 2021.

“Our job as leaders is to prepare the next generation to take our place,” said Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., AFMC commander, in a recently released mentoring video. “Part of being a mentor is sharing some of those lessons so that we make sure the next generation is ready to step in without the Air Force missing a beat."

In conjunction with January’s National Mentoring Month, the AFMC Mentoring Team has refreshed the program’s focus, tying mentorship more closely to the command-wide AFMC We Need initiative.

“Mentoring is a crucial part of professional development at all levels,” said Mandy Smith-Nethercott, AFMC Career Development Program manager and mentoring team lead. “Our program focuses on the relationships that can build between a junior and senior Airman or civilian that provides for reciprocal exchange of information and growth at all levels. Mentoring can help us to build a workforce for the AFMC WE Need.”

As part of the rebrand, the mentoring team drew inspiration from the word “need” to explain how mentoring enables the development process. According to Smith-Nethercott, mentoring provides a platform to, “Nurture, Educate, Encourage and Develop our current and future workforce.”

­Nurture: Mentoring enables a person to pass along knowledge, experiences, successes and failures to help another in their career journey. By guiding through open and honest dialogue and exchange, mentoring enables a nurturing relationship that promotes career and personal growth in another.

Educate: Rather than focusing on the skills that a protégé lacks, an inspirational mentor helps a person to develop their strengths while introducing educational paths and opportunities that can help them attain a higher level of proficiency in work and life.

Encourage: Mentoring relationships do not solely focus on one’s successes. Mistakes and opportunities to improve are shared in an effort to help another improve. Resilience is an important quality in any line of work, and mentors can help a person develop this skill while providing an opportunity for a person to talk openly about any topic related to their career or personal ambitions.

Develop: The mentor’s role is to guide and help the mentee develop themselves both professionally and personally. Mentors may be able to help a mentee in different ways such as growing the mentee’s network, overcoming challenges with their role, creating a career path, and creating long term career goals.

To learn more about the AFMC Mentoring Program and access videos and resources, including Bunch’s mentoring message, visit https://go.usa.gov/xANQU.

Engage

Twitter
RT @HQUSAFEAFAF: #DYK the air terminal ops center (ATOC) at Nigerien Air Base 201 is responsible for air transportation ops including cargo…
Twitter
Since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, researchers have been working as quickly as possible to crack the… https://t.co/srH7dpHM8k
Twitter
.@GenCQBrownJr & @cmsaf_official receive their #COVID19 vaccines. Prioritized @DeptofDefense personnel are highly… https://t.co/tAhlWH4BQP
Twitter
RT @cmsaf_official: The culture we need in our Air Force is one where we embrace diversity, value respect, and foster inclusion. Team Dov…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Talk about a year to be proud of! @HQ_AFMC #Bestof2020AF https://t.co/jyXWj9iWcY
Twitter
Combatting COVID one arm at a time. Airmen from the 133rd Airlift Wing received their first dose of the Moderna… https://t.co/tojuYTsqXn
Twitter
Training for the fight A 21st Special Operations Squadron CV-22 Osprey takes off during a training mission at… https://t.co/b3hWLilMl8
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: Our team is using the power of directed energy and the electromagnetic spectrum to give our warfighters the upper hand.…
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: The @usairforce Golden Horde Vanguard program completed its first flight demonstration of collaborative weapons last mon…
Twitter
Give @GenCQBrownJr a follow for the latest on how he's leading the charge to accelerate change throughout the… https://t.co/vef2RqG6oy
Twitter
Developing civilian Airmen The Department of the Air Force is providing developmental education, academic programs… https://t.co/md3EPKRWvM
Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: It's time to vote for Airman Magazine’s 2020 photo of the year! This annual competition showcases the men and women of…
Twitter
Mentorship As part of service-wide focus on #mentorship, the @AETCommand Mentoring Council will virtually host a L… https://t.co/SPyI9QWbeN
Twitter
🚧 🚧 CAUTION: Falcons at work 🚧 🚧 F-16 Fighting Falcons based in the @CENTCOM area of operations conduct armed ae… https://t.co/bJO9eInx9u
Twitter
RT @AETCommand: #COVID19 vaccines continue to rollout & the logistics and immunizations teams at the 59th Medical Wing are ensuring the dis…
Twitter
Rolling out the #Vaccine in the phased plan per @DeptofDefense guidelines. https://t.co/NvPYGfourn
Twitter
It is tradition for senior leadership to present Airmen with a coin for exceptionally demonstrating the #AirForce c… https://t.co/qYrBJDfBuI
Twitter
Give @GenCQBrownJr a follow for the latest on how he's leading the charge to accelerate change throughout the… https://t.co/xmiFBLktWW
Twitter
RT @AFResearchLab: @cubcrafters XCub aircraft made a stop in Dayton as it heads over to Maryland to help our 711 HPW test their LASH system…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,311,887
Follow Us