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Enlisted Leadership Symposium focuses on development tools for Airmen

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson welcomes Airmen to the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the event, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson welcomes Airmen to the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the event, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Three former Command Chiefs for the Air National Guard, retired Chief Master Sergeants Lynn Alexander, Richard Smith and Christopher Muncy, field questions from Airmen during the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the Enlisted Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Three former Command Chiefs for the Air National Guard, retired Chief Master Sergeants Lynn Alexander, Richard Smith and Christopher Muncy, field questions from Airmen during the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the Enlisted Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units.

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald C. Anderson greets Airmen as he enters the auditorium for the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the event, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald C. Anderson greets Airmen as he enters the auditorium for the Enlisted Leadership Symposium at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug. 15-17. Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the event, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald Anderson. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the Enlisted Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald C. Anderson, held at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug.15-17. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Nearly 350 Airmen representing Air National Guard units from each state, territory and the District of Columbia, attended the Enlisted Leadership Symposium, hosted by the Command Chief of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Ronald C. Anderson, held at Camp Dawson, W.Va., Aug.15-17. The three-day event focused on leadership and professional development. Airmen, non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers were hand-selected by their units to attend the event. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Emily Beightol-Deyerle)

Airmen from the Air National Guard Band of the South perform August 15, 2017, at the ANG's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Airmen from the Air National Guard Band of the South perform August 15, 2017, at the ANG's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

Airmen from across the 50 states, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia that make up the Air National Guard enjoy camaraderie and fellowship at the Air National Guard's 2017 Enlisted Leadership Symposium in Camp Dawson, West Virginia. The three-day event was designed to provide enlisted Airmen of all levels with a broad range of leadership tools to apply in their units. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier)

CAMP DAWSON, W.Va. --

More than 350 Air National Guard Airmen from across the 50 states, territories, and the District of Columbia gathered here August 15-17 for the ANG’s Enlisted Leadership Symposium to foster leadership development and professional education.

Airmen from each enlisted tier: junior enlisted, noncommissioned officers and senior NCOs, as well as first sergeants, were selected by their wings to attend and share what they learned within their units once they return.

"I hope these Airmen leave with a renewed sense of their ability to positively change their environment, their wings and their state,” said Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson, ANG command chief master sergeant, and symposium host. “I’d like to see them take some energy from this and realize that they have ownership of the future success of the ANG. It’s them, not me, who has the ability to make it work better tomorrow than it does today.”

Topics covered included cross-generational communication, mentoring, attitude and perspective, and enlisted heritage, among others.

“I think the reality is that when you attend an event like this, some of it resonates immediately, but some of it may take two or three years before you notice it influencing your decision-making,” said Anderson. “That’s been my experience, and also the experience of some of my fellow command chiefs. Hopefully, every single person here will be positively touched by something we taught here.”

Developing social resiliency and providing opportunities to network across the Guard with other Airmen was another highlight of the event.

“Every wing–even different wings in the same state–has its own culture,” Anderson said. “Because of those organizational dynamics, I wanted commanders and especially first-line supervisors to identify those rock stars who would really benefit from this event–the quiet professionals who are crushing it for us every day, who can go back and communicate to their peers that every single one of us is important to the mission.”