By Senior Airman Stephen Underwood
/ Published June 11, 2021
U.S. Air Force officers and senior enlisted personnel gather inside a conference center for a Flight Commander’s Course at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee, M.A., June 7-9, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Stephen Underwood)
U.S. Air Force officers and senior enlisted personnel gathered at the Westover Conference Center for a Flight Commander’s Course June 7 to 9.
This was the first time the course was held at Westover.
“It was really nice to bring everyone together in a way we’re not able to on a UTA,” said Maj. Katelyn Fabbri, 439th Airlift Wing executive officer.
Maj. Samantha Shameklis, 439th Force Support Squadron operations officer, organized and scheduled the course events, but could not attend due to a TDY.
Fabbri quickly stepped up and facilitated the sessions during Shameklis’ absence.
“There were a lot of people that came together to make this happen,” Fabbri said. “That just shows me how committed the senior leadership here at Westover is to the next generation of leaders.”
The course provided new officers and commanders information to effectively lead and supervise enlisted personnel.
Fabbri said the diversity of the attendees made it a more enriching experience.
“We had everything from pilots, medical personnel, logistics, and base operations,” she said. “It really ran the gamut. And since many of the attendees are reservists, they also have civilian careers as well.”
Westover’s Chief Master Sgts. and First Sgts. also attended parts of the course.
Different areas of leadership were covered throughout the duration of the course including conflict management, emotional intelligence, conducting feedback, and professional development.
Westover staff intend to make the Flight Commander’s Course an annual event for its leaders.