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Top III Council imparts experience

Master Sgt. Matt Lofton, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, argues for the Top III Council during the Schriever Debate at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 24, 2017. The council organizes the debates, in which participant’s debate for or against pertinent topics in today’s Air Force, such as the pros and cons of the blended retirement system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

Master Sgt. Matt Lofton, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, argues for the Top III Council during the Schriever Debate at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Feb. 24, 2017. The council organizes the debates, in which participant’s debate for or against pertinent topics in today’s Air Force, such as the pros and cons of the blended retirement system. (U.S. Air Force photo/Christopher DeWitt)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --

The Top III Council, named after the three highest enlisted ranks in the Air Force (master sergeants, senior master sergeants and chief master sergeants) seeks to improve the important roles senior NCOs hold in their professions.

“We provide a forum for senior NCOs to meet, exchange ideas, speak on current issues affecting the Air Force and assist one another by sharing unique individual expertise and experiences,” said Master Sgt. Ashley Strong, Top III Council president.   

By being involved with council activities and meetings, senior NCOs can expect to become part of a congregation of career professionals, learning supervisory and leadership techniques, said Strong.    

“We have an awesome network of dedicated members who are looking to continue to improve the effectiveness of our organization,” she said.                    

The council is at the apex of the three enlisted professional development organizations, with members sharing their accumulated experience and wisdom to lower ranking enlisted and company grade officers- sending mentors to other PDO meetings for guidance, giving leadership advice to 5/6 and Airmen’s Council administrators and other benefits.

“We work with other professional development organizations by helping them co-lead events and through mentorship programs,” said Strong. “These committee leads attend their meetings to ensure cross-communication is accomplished.”  

The council also recognizes junior enlisted from units on base with the Top Performer Award, highlighting an individual’s superior efforts and contributions to the mission.

Members host and organize events such as senior NCO release parties and induction ceremonies, wing annual awards and Schriever Debates.

The debates give PDO members a chance to put rank aside and debate as intellectual equals, said Master Sgt. Michael Plemons, Top III Council treasurer.

“The debates are an avenue for Airmen, NCOs and senior NCOs to discuss topics pertinent to the Air Force at this time,” said Plemons.  “It provides them and the public open debate and feedback.”

The Top III Council is looking to expand upon the debates and other events it hosts, said Strong.

“We’re looking forward to growing the Schriever Debate to make it more than a footprint throughout Schriever as well as host more professional development events,” she said.

Along with the debates the Top III Council hosts, which help bind different tiers of the enlisted and officer structure, they are looking to host panels for Airmen, junior and senior NCOs as an open forum for questions and discussion between lower and higher ranks.

“I believe we are doing exceptionally well,” said Plemons. “Top III senior NCOs are excited to give back to the Airmen.”

 

For more information about the Top III Council, contact Strong at 567-5065.