SFG training NCOs to lead Airmen
By Senior Airman Daniel Brosam, 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 14, 2018
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.”