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Chief's View: Take charge of your career — it’s yours

Chief Master Sgt. Dwight Badgett, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command

Chief Master Sgt. Dwight Badgett, command chief master sergeant, Air Force Reserve Command

Citizen Airman/Apr 2011 -- You are an important part of an Air Force Reserve Command that is stronger than ever because of your talents, professionalism and commitment to our nation. Over the past few years, we have worked to provide you opportunities to advance in your Air Force career to make us even better.

Force development has a major impact on how we provide the opportunities in your Air Force career and how you move toward satisfying your career goals, no matter what your status. As enlisted professionals, we must manage our career by ensuring we accomplish the appropriate education, training and experience to prepare for the next level of development.

Professional military education is essential in building leadership skills and understanding the operational and strategic vision of our leaders. Civilian education makes us better leaders and broadens technical and managerial knowledge that will come in handy at higher levels of responsibility. Earning a degree in your specialty from the Community College of the Air Force is a must for senior levels of management because of the unique mix of Air Force specialty code, leadership and management training. Competence in your career field while building and working with teams makes you a more valuable asset to our military community and the nation.

We will ask each of you to work with your leadership in the coming year to develop a Reserve Enlisted Development Plan so that we can help you develop yourself and help us understand your goals. I ask that you give this plan the attention it deserves so that we can maximize your opportunities. Without the R-EDP, we won't be able to suggest ways to advance through your career. You will hear more about enlisted force development in the next few months.

It's your career, and our job as senior leaders within AFRC is to help you reach your career goals while enhancing mission accomplishment.