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Atlantic Stripe Conference: deliberately developing NCOs

Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, 3rd Air Force vice commander, makes opening remarks at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 15, 2018. McFall began the conference with anecdotes recalling times in his career when noncommissioned officers stood out, going above and beyond. Some of the situations included deployed environments where NCOs took command of entire sections during manning shortfalls ensuring mission success through continuity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Air Force Col. Joseph McFall, 3rd Air Force vice commander, makes opening remarks at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 15, 2018. McFall began the conference with anecdotes recalling times in his career when noncommissioned officers stood out, going above and beyond. Some of the situations included deployed environments where NCOs took command of entire sections during manning shortfalls ensuring mission success through continuity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, teaches a course on leadership perspective at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the USAFE- AFAFRICA conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 16, 2018. During the professional development conference noncommissioned officers listened to leaders, mentors, and guest speakers advise them on different fundamentals and principles of leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa command chief, teaches a course on leadership perspective at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the USAFE- AFAFRICA conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 16, 2018. During the professional development conference noncommissioned officers listened to leaders, mentors, and guest speakers advise them on different fundamentals and principles of leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Royal Air Force Warrant Officer Jake Alpert, Allied Air Command command senior enlisted leader, leads a class on leadership philosophy at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 16, 2018. Sixty-four participants, including one member of the U.S. Army and five coalition partners, attended the four-day event aimed at strengthening the noncommissioned officer tier and equivalent throughout the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Royal Air Force Warrant Officer Jake Alpert, Allied Air Command command senior enlisted leader, leads a class on leadership philosophy at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 16, 2018. Sixty-four participants, including one member of the U.S. Army and five coalition partners, attended the four-day event aimed at strengthening the noncommissioned officer tier and equivalent throughout the military. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A panel of senior noncommissioned officers introduce themselves at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. Senior leaders coached, trained and mentored noncommissioned officers during the four-day conference. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A panel of senior noncommissioned officers introduce themselves at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. Senior leaders coached, trained and mentored noncommissioned officers during the four-day conference. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A noncommissioned officer asks a question during a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference that was held at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The conference aimed at deliberately developing junior NCOs who show potential to lead at higher levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A noncommissioned officer asks a question during a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference that was held at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The conference aimed at deliberately developing junior NCOs who show potential to lead at higher levels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Noncommissioned officers listen in during a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The professional development conference allowed NCOs time away from official duties to learn from leaders, mentors and guest speakers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Noncommissioned officers listen in during a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The professional development conference allowed NCOs time away from official duties to learn from leaders, mentors and guest speakers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Notes lay on a desk at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. Some of the topics covered during the conference included leadership traits, self-awareness, and articulating the mission, specifically to subordinates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Notes lay on a desk at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. Some of the topics covered during the conference included leadership traits, self-awareness, and articulating the mission, specifically to subordinates. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A noncommissioned officer listens to a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. During the professional development conference NCOs listened to leaders, mentors, and guest speakers advise them on different fundamentals and principles of leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

A noncommissioned officer listens to a panel of senior noncommissioned officers at the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. During the professional development conference NCOs listened to leaders, mentors, and guest speakers advise them on different fundamentals and principles of leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants perform a log carry as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference due to their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants perform a log carry as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference due to their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants carry water containers as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. With an emphasis on teamwork, leadership, and physical readiness, the obstacle course concluded the week-long conference aimed at deliberately developing noncommissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)
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Atlantic Stripe Conference participants carry water containers as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. With an emphasis on teamwork, leadership, and physical readiness, the obstacle course concluded the week-long conference aimed at deliberately developing noncommissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants flip tires during an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The professional development conference allowed noncommissioned officers time away from official duties to learn from leaders, mentors and guest speakers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)
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Atlantic Stripe Conference participants flip tires during an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The professional development conference allowed noncommissioned officers time away from official duties to learn from leaders, mentors and guest speakers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants push a humvee as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The obstacle course capped off the week-long conference aimed at deliberately developing noncommissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)
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Atlantic Stripe Conference participants push a humvee as part of an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The obstacle course capped off the week-long conference aimed at deliberately developing noncommissioned officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants pose for a group photo outside the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference because of their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)
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Atlantic Stripe Conference participants pose for a group photo outside the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 17, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference because of their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

Atlantic Stripe Conference participants pose for a group photo after an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference because of their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)
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Atlantic Stripe Conference participants pose for a group photo after an obstacle course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 18, 2018. The Airmen were selected to attend the conference because of their potential to serve in higher leadership positions as they continue throughout their careers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class D. Blake Browning)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa held the second annual Atlantic Stripe Conference at the USAFE-AFAFRICA conference room on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, May 15-18, 2018.

Sixty-four participants, including one member of the U.S. Army and five coalition partners, attended the four-day event aimed at strengthening the junior noncommissioned officer tiers and partner nation equivalent throughout the military.

Participants were selected to attend the conference, which was aimed at deliberately developing junior NCOs by preparing them to serve at higher levels as they continue throughout their careers.

“What you’ll find here is us imparting a curriculum that allows them to see things at a different level,” said Senior Master Sgt. Steven Beasley, HQ USAFE-AFAFRICA functional manager. “They’re allowed to gain understanding from the experiences of some of the more seasoned senior enlisted members, understand the processes of how we go about doing business in the Air Force, and in general to just learn about military leadership.”

Col. Joseph McFall, 3rd Air Force vice commander, opened the conference with anecdotes recalling times in his career when NCOs stood out. Some of the situations included deployed environments where NCOs took command of entire sections during manning shortfalls ensuring mission success through continuity.

Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, USAFE-AFAFRICA command chief master sergeant, followed Col. McFall’s remarks teaching a course on leadership perspective noting success relies on our backbone, not our wishbone.

“You all are the backbone of our military; we can’t do anything without you,” said Easton. “You can’t walk; you can’t move around, you can’t go left or right without your backbone. It is the thing that everything else is built off of.”

Easton continued, saying the reason he puts so much time into the NCO community, and why he gets so excited speaking in forums like these, is because he feels that if we put our time and effort into strengthening the NCO tier, we’re going to be a better Air Force and our allied nations will have a better military partner.

The professional development conference continued throughout the week granting NCOs the time away from official duties to learn from leaders, mentors, and guest speakers. The topics covered included leadership traits, self-awareness and articulating the mission, specifically to subordinates.

“I think they’re going to benefit because now they’re learning about those principles that will make them better at leading their people,” said Beasley. “Hearing the experiences of leaders who came before them, have made mistakes, have learned from those mistakes and have been successful through their mistakes. I think the NCOs here, for one, will see leadership in a completely different aspect.”