“This training is important because some of them may not have any experience leading,” said Degnan. “This course is designed to put them to the test. There’s a lot of pressure, stress and the course load can be heavy, but it’s all meant to mimic what it feels like to be a supervisor – which can be challenging at times.”
Upon graduation, all students receive an NCO Development Ribbon, and several are selected for additional awards. The top performer in each class receives the John Levitow Award, named for the lowest-ranking enlisted person to ever receive the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam.
Degnan has pushed multiple flights of Airmen through ALS at Wright-Patterson AFB, each with Airmen from all different career fields and walks of life. She explained how rewarding it is to get to be a part of this accomplishment for Airmen.
“It’s always fun to get that e-mail that says ‘remember that one time you said this was going to happen; I didn’t believe you but it totally did.’ It has nothing to do with us and what we do; we just give them the tools,” she said. “It’s up to them to execute, and what makes us the most proud is when we see former students being amazing supervisors and using the tools we’ve given them to be the best supervisor they can be.”