Tulsa ANG actively looks to develop leaders

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Williams, 138th Maintenance Group discusses the concept of operations during a table top exercise with Lt. Col. Martin Keiner, 138th Base Civil Engineer, during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla.   Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings .  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Brian Williams, 138th Maintenance Group discusses the concept of operations during a table top exercise with Lt. Col. Martin Keiner, 138th Base Civil Engineer, during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings . (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Shannon Woods and Master Sgt. Aaronnett Bussey, both from the 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, plot their next move during a table top exercise with during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla.   Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings .  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Shannon Woods and Master Sgt. Aaronnett Bussey, both from the 138th Logistics Readiness Squadron, plot their next move during a table top exercise with during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings . (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Members of the 138th Fighter Wing discuss the concept of operations during a table top exercise at a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla.   Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings .  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Members of the 138th Fighter Wing discuss the concept of operations during a table top exercise at a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings . (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Tiny soldiers stand ready during a table top exercise held during a leadership meeting Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla.   Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings .  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Tiny soldiers stand ready during a table top exercise held during a leadership meeting Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings . (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Lt. Col. Robin Cavanaugh (right), 138th Logistics Readiness (LRS) commander,  discusses strategy with team members,  1Lt. Joshua Young (center), 138th LRS, and 1Lt. Robert Gaygay (left), 138th Medical Group,  during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla.   Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings .  (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt.  Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Lt. Col. Robin Cavanaugh (right), 138th Logistics Readiness (LRS) commander, discusses strategy with team members, 1Lt. Joshua Young (center), 138th LRS, and 1Lt. Robert Gaygay (left), 138th Medical Group, during a leadership meeting held Mar. 18, 2015, at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. Since August 2014, every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly, leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing have shared various leadership perspectives, and encouraged open and honest communication while learning from each other at wing leadership meetings . (U.S. National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Preston L. Chasteen/Released)

Tulsa Air National Guard Base, Okla. -- Officers, Senior Non Commissioned Officers and leaders from around the 138th Fighter Wing (FW) participate in leadership meetings every Wednesday following their monthly unit training assembly.

The meetings that began in August 2014 bring together various leadership perspectives, and encourage open and honest communication while learning from each other.

Senior Master Sgt. Bryan Hilbert, 138th FW Inspector General Superintendent and wing professional military education facilitator, was the driving force behind starting the leadership meetings, and facilitates the events under the direction of Col. David Burgy, 138th FW commander.

"The real goal is to foster communication in order to help build relationships and strengthen trust across organizational leaders on base," stated Hilbert.  "Leadership is not a one-time event, it has to be fostered and it has to be developed."

The monthly leadership sessions are taught by volunteers from around the base who want to offer perspective and share their experiences with other leaders on base.

Lt. Col. Martin Keiner, 138th Civil Engineer, taught the March 2015 class utilizing fun and informative methods.

"I needed to cover some leadership principles, and at the core of that is troop leading procedures.  They form the foundation of all the various orders we may encounter.  These principles hold true not just in military planning, but also with simple things in daily life," stated Keiner.  "The exercise today was a fun environment with low stress that simply forces people who may never have the opportunity to talk to each other, to talk to each other.  And they learn it in a fun way, without actually realizing that they're learning it."

"Just the increased communication in the room from the first meeting to the most recent is tangible evidence that the program is working," said Hilbert. 

As opportunities present themselves, future meetings will potentially see guest speakers from Oklahoma Joint Force Headquarters or possibly the National Guard Bureau.