Military Matters: Mentorship & Construction at Vogelweh

First Sergeants’ Corner

“Mentor” and “mentorship” are trendy words we use these days, but do we understand what these words truly mean?

Have you ever heard anyone say, “Go mentor that Airman,” or, “Let me mentor you on something”? Additionally, some people believe their level of rank earns them an automatic ability to spread their mentorship to whomever they choose. This is a false assumption; rank alone does not make a person a mentor.

Unlike a simple adviser, being a mentor is not directed or self-directed; it is earned. A mentor is described as a wise and trusted adviser. Two key words stand out: “wise” and “trusted.” So, when you advise your Airmen (whether pertaining to on- or off-duty situations and choices), do you understand what they are going through? Do you know how to help them or get them the proper help? Do you even care? Do you even know what you are talking about? Do they trust you? Have you created an environment where they know they can count on you when you say you’re going to do something?

While you have expectations for your Airmen, don’t forget they have expectations for you also. In fact, only those Airmen can decide who their mentors are, not you. In other words, mentors are chosen by those needing the mentoring, not by those wanting to be mentors. Yes, a mentor is a title that is earned through a relationship of trust and wisdom, but it is not to be taken lightly. So, are you a mentor, an appointed adviser or neither?

(Provided by Master Sgt. Dathan Hayes, 2nd Air Postal Squadron first sergeant)

Civil Engineers’ Corner

Construction at Vogelweh
Gate 9 in Vogelweh Military Family Housing is undergoing construction. All roadwork is scheduled to be complete by March 8. The gate is open to traffic in both directions. Motorists are asked to exercise caution and obey traffic laws and regulations.