Ready...Set... Command! Rethinking Training for Squadron Commanders
AIR WAR COLLEGE, AIR UNIVERSITY MAXWELL AFB United States
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Squadron command is a critical position within the United States Air Force, requiring officers selected for command to maximize their expertise and leadership talents to balance near- and long-term objectives in the pursuit of mission execution. Squadron commanders possess enormous influence over the Airmen they lead, the mission they are responsible for, and the resilience of the organization. While officers selected for command have proven their abilities to lead people, solve problems, and develop action plans to overcome future challenges, they are not adequately trained to maximize success during command. Air Force published resources available for soon-to-be commanders are either not current or insufficient. Similarly, the formal pre-command courses officers are required to attend before assuming command do not sufficiently address key strategic leadership concepts that are not only beneficial, but are also required to meet the standards for command as outlined by Air Force Instruction 1-2, Commanders Responsibilities. This development shortfall impedes the squadron commanders ability to maximize success during hisher command tours. This shortfall not only affects the officer but also the Airman under hisher command and the organization heshe leads. Strategic leadership concepts must be incorporated into pre-command officer development to meet the challenges of todays Air Force.
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