Registration open now for virtual AETC Leadership Mentoring Symposium Jan. 27-28

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – As part of service-wide focus on mentorship, Air Education and Training Command will virtually host a Leadership Mentoring Symposium Jan. 27-28, 2021.

The two-day mentoring event is being hosted by the AETC Mentoring Council, which is comprised of Airmen from around the command, and will allow senior leaders to mentor to a virtual audience on specific topics.

“Headquarters, Air Force A1 has determined that January is the month of mentoring,” said Quency L. Henson, AETC’s Mentoring Council lead. “This symposium is for civilians, enlisted and officers in AETC, regardless of location, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the wisdom and experience of this great lineup of speakers with the entire command.”

Sessions on both days will run from 8 a.m. to noon central time using ZoomGov. There will be a question and answer period after each speaker presents.  

Agenda (tentative; subject to change):

Wednesday, Jan. 27

8 a.m.    

Symposium Launch                        

AETC Mentoring Council

8:10 a.m.  

The Importance of Mentorship   

Col. Paul Swenson, AETC/A1

9 a.m.     


SES Mr. George Gagnon, AETC International Affairs

10 a.m.      


Col. Seth Graham, 14th Flying Training Wing commander

11 a.m.           


Col. Heather Blackwell, 81st Training Wing commander


Thursday, Jan. 27

8 a.m.    


Maj. Gen. William Spangenthal, AETC deputy commander

8:10 a.m.  

Critical Thinking                          

Col. John Lofton, 82nd Training Group commander

9 a.m.     

Motivating Employees               

Col. Matthew Leard, 97th Air Mobility Wing commander

10 a.m.      

Profession Development           

Col. Eries L.G. Mentzer, 42nd Air Base Wing commander

11 a.m.           


Col. Tim Danielson, 71st Flying Training Wing commander

11:50 a.m.

Wrap up               

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, AETC commander 


Certificates will be provided for audience participants. 


To register for the event and get the ZoomGov link, send email to  Registration is first come-first served and seats are limited to 350 people.