Philippine Airmen attend professional military education at Hickam

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Staff Sgt. Noel Alarcon from the Philippine Air Force stands at attention for an open ranks inspection during Airman Leadership School class Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Alarcon and four other Philippine Air Force students are the first Airmen from their service to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Staff Sgt. Noel Alarcon from the Philippine Air Force stands at attention for an open ranks inspection during Airman Leadership School class Wednesday, March 8, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. Sergeant Alarcon and four other Philippine Air Force students are the first Airmen from their service to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. of the Philippine Air Force Cesar Soloria takes notes during Airman Leadership School class, Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The command sergeant major and four other students are the first Philippine Air Force Airmen to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Command Sgt. Maj. of the Philippine Air Force Cesar Soloria takes notes during Airman Leadership School class, Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The command sergeant major and four other students are the first Philippine Air Force Airmen to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Master Sgt. Todd Joiner lectures on enlisted feedback during an Airman Leadership School class Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. This class marks the first time Philippine Air Force students are attending the course. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within the Philippine Air Force. Sergeant Joiner is an instructor at the Hickam Professional Military Education Center.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Master Sgt. Todd Joiner lectures on enlisted feedback during an Airman Leadership School class Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. This class marks the first time Philippine Air Force students are attending the course. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within the Philippine Air Force. Sergeant Joiner is an instructor at the Hickam Professional Military Education Center.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Pacific Air Forces Command Chief Master Sgt. Rodney McKinley talks with Command Sgt. Maj. of the Philippine Air Force Cesar Soloria and other Philippine Air Force students after their Airman Leadership School class Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. They are the first Philippine Air Force students to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- Pacific Air Forces Command Chief Master Sgt. Rodney McKinley talks with Command Sgt. Maj. of the Philippine Air Force Cesar Soloria and other Philippine Air Force students after their Airman Leadership School class Tuesday, March 7, 2006, at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. They are the first Philippine Air Force students to attend the class. They will take back the lessons learned and develop their own leadership course within their air force.

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii -- The Hickam Professional Military Education center is hosting Philippine Air Force students at its Airman Leadership School to help them develop a program of their own.

After an assessment by Air Force senior noncommissioned officers from Pacific Air Forces, the Philippine Air Force expressed the need to set up their own leadership school. A working group then developed a plan for training opportunities.

“This assessment was extremely successful and will bolster their development of their enlisted force and foster lasting relationships with the Philippine Air Force,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jerol Mariotti, commandant of the Hickam Professional Military Education Center.

Four Philippine instructor/students and the Philippine Air Force command sergeant major are currently attending an ALS class. They will send an additional five students in the future. The 10 new instructors will then write their own curriculum and set up a Philippine Airman leadership school for fiscal 2007.

“It’s a big help to us,” said the Philippine Air Force Command Sgt. Maj. Cesar Soloria. "We learned a lot about leadership. We do things a little different in paperwork and evaluations; ALS is helping us develop more and starting innovations that can be adjusted to our system."

The plan that the Philippine Air Force develops will allow the U.S. Air Force to contribute to the Philippine defense reform. This will help them improve the armed forces of the Philippines, and in turn aid PACAF and PACOM in the war on terrorism.

“Air Force PME is truly an outstanding attribute of the enlisted force. With the leadership tools we can put in their tool box and the more capable they are, the more capable we are,” said Chief Master Sgt. Rodney McKinley, Pacific Air Forces Command chief.