News | April 12, 2019

Mentorship critical for developing next leaders

By 1st Lt. Elizabeth Andreas-Feeney 624th Regional Support Group

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii — The 4th Air Force vice commander recently provided invaluable mentorship to Air Force Reserve officers at the 624th Regional Support Group here.

Col. Robert Blake discussed two important events in every Airmen’s career: the Reserve Officer Development Plan, or R-ODP, and promotion boards.

“I employ a simple philosophy: Take care of your family, and come to work and do a good job,” Blake said.

Blake offered five tips every Airmen should know in order to progressively achieve more responsibility, take advantage of unique career opportunities, and have fulfillment in their Air Force Reserve calling.

1. Vectors and career progression on R-ODPs will be more specific from the Development Teams if you include details on your unique civilian experience. Include your diverse background and experience, even if it doesn’t relate to your career field.

2. Include content that’s important to you on your R-ODP. Ask yourself “What do I want to do with my career” and include that in the officer development plans or enlisted development plans.

3. If you commute to a reserve unit, let the DT board know by including it in your R-ODP. Board members may be able to find an amazing opportunity closer to your home, which will give you time back for your family.

4. Show progressive responsibility in your career. Review and correct your records annually. If you move positions, ensure your duty title is updated accordingly and make the titles descriptive of the position.

5. Don’t let bumps in your career stall you … the recovery and your progression forward is what matters.

“Every time we have visiting leadership at our unit, it’s important to allow our Airmen exposure to their experiences,” said Col. Athanasia Shinas, 624th RSG commander. “I really appreciate the 4th Air Force Vice Commander taking time to mentor our future leaders.”