SFG training NCOs to lead Airmen

The 341st Security Forces Group at Malmstrom is empowering their NCOs to lead their Airmen through a leader led program.

Master Sgt. Anthony Richards, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron NCO in charge, teaches Troop Leading Procedures to NCOs during a leader led class Feb. 8, 2018, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. The 341st Security Forces Group at Malmstrom is empowering their NCOs to lead their Airmen through a leader led program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Brosam)

Previously, NCOs and their Airmen were in the same training together taught by squadron training sections, however, with the new leader led initiative, NCOs are being trained to train and lead their own Airmen.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Ransom, 741st Missile Security Forces Squadron defender, teaches a training class during leader led Feb. 9, 2018, at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. Previously, NCOs and their Airmen were in the same training together taught by squadron training sections, however, with the new leader led initiative, NCOs are being trained to train and lead their own Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Brosam)

MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- The 341st Security Forces Group at Malmstrom is teaching their non-commissioned officers to lead their Airmen through a leader led program.

Previously, NCOs and their Airmen were in the same training together and taught by squadron training sections. With the new leader led initiative, NCOs are being trained to train their own Airmen.

“The security forces career field is moving away from training sections training our defenders and toward front-line supervisors executing training via leader led,” said Chief Master Sgt. James Wilfong, 341st Security Forces Squadron security forces manager. “The SFG designed a way to prepare our NCOs for this initiative through a course called Troop-Leading Procedures.”

Recently, 24 NCOs spent two days learning TLPs consisting of eight steps used to accomplish any mission to include training. These steps taught them how to plan the training, obtain the materials they need and how to teach a class on the topic of their training.

Staff Sgt. Jordan Arredondo, 341st Missile Security Forces Squadron convoy response force defender, said he thinks the new training will help instill confidence in him and his fellow NCOs to train their Airmen.

“I hope this will kick-start a trend within the SFG and Air Force-wide to allow NCOs to be responsible for things like training,” Arredondo said. “I’m looking forward to seeing all NCOs venture out and use outside resources and other facilities on base to support their training. I’m excited to see training better planned and organized, making training fun again.”

According to Wilfong, TLP classes will be held until all security forces NCOs are trained. Another added benefit and leadership opportunity this course provides is that security forces senior NCOs are the ones seeing this training initiative through.

“The SFG is hoping to empower our NCOs more than we ever have,” Wilfong said. “We want to see them out in front training and evaluating those they are responsible for.”

“This will undoubtedly build a higher quality of trust and respect the defenders have for their supervisors,” Wilfong continued. “More importantly, this will lead to better trained defenders and allow increased leadership roles for our NCOs, thus increasing lethality and creating world-class Airmen.”
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.