Ramstein’s newest NCOs

Senior Airman Brian Hill
Kaiserslautern American

***image1***Ramstein congratulates 566 new NCOs as the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, releases the 2004 E-5 promotion list.
The new staff sergeant selects will be promoted sometime between September and next August, based on their promotion sequence number. The PSNs, commonly referred to as line numbers, are given based on date of rank, total active federal military service and date of birth, according to Master Sgt. Jennifer West, Ramstein’s Airman Leadership School flight chief.
Also, senior airmen must attend Airman Leadership School prior to promotion.
“The mission of the Airman Leadership School is to prepare senior airmen for supervisory duties and foster a commitment to the profession of arms,” said Sergeant West. “While attending the ALS, students learn teamwork and leadership skills through individual, flight and class activities such as Kaiserslautern Military Community volunteer and fundraising projects, fitness, and study groups.”
The curriculum consists of leadership, communicative skills and profession of arms lessons that total 24 academic days. Some of the lessons in the five-week course include time management, stress management, Air Force history, drill, problem solving, interpersonal communication and the national security strategy, said Sergeant West.
After graduation of ALS, senior airmen may then be assigned as supervisors.
“In addition to being job experts, they will be expected to take on more leadership, supervisory and training responsibilities as well as serve as role models for Airmen,” said Sergeant West.
Airmen who tested are expected to receive their score notices by the end of August, allowing them to see just how their Promotion Fitness Examination and Specialty Knowledge Test scores rank against others within their Air Force Specialty Code. Each Airmen can also get an electronic copy of his or her score notice Monday, through the virtual MPF Web site at http://www.afpc.randolph.
“Certainly the Air Force has had another banner year in terms of promotion,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Billingsley, enlisted promotions branch chief at AFPC. “The Air Force has singled out those senior airmen who have shown they are ready for the next big step in their career. This group has worked hard for their stripes and will make valuable contributions as our newest NCOs.”