SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.-- --
For Schriever junior NCOs looking to fine-tune their leadership and supervisory skills, as well as seeking out volunteer opportunities, the 5/6 Council is a professional development organization worthy of attending.
“The 5/6 Council is a private organization that is here to provide peer to peer mentoring and professional development for staff sergeant selects, staff sergeants and technical sergeants,” said Tech. Sgt. Danielle Staiger, 5/6 Council president.
Similar to other PDOs such as the Airman’s Council, the 5/6 Council assists in developing and building upon the roles associated with member’s ranks. The difference is, as NCOs, a core focus of the council is to train members to become better supervisors for their Airmen.
“Benefits for those that attend are being able to network with other NCOs from across the base, share supervisory experience and discuss issues, concerns and upcoming events,” said Staiger. “The 5/6 Council is always looking for feedback on how we can better serve the NCO tier.”
On top of networking and sharing experiences, the council host’s professional development classes, which dive deeper into how to be better at junior NCO functions.
“If you need to write Enlisted Personnel Reports or 1206’s better and work on other NCO-centric tasks, we can help you with it,” said Tech. Sgt. Samuel Norris, 5/6 Council vice president. “So if a class is on bullet writing, and that’s what you need help in, we’ll offer that class to you.”
The council is part of a down flowing chain of wisdom shared between 5/6, the Top III and Airman’s Councils. Each represents a different part of the enlisted structure. The Top III Council, consisting of senior NCOs, sends representatives to mentor 5/6 and Airman’s Council meetings, while the 5/6 sends representatives to Airman’s Council meetings.
In addition to helping other PDOs, the 5/6 Council organizes several events throughout the base to help the community.
“The council is involved with base promotion ceremonies, staff sergeant and technical sergeant release parties, first term Airmen center handoffs and we also donate to various events that happen on base,” said Staiger. “We are currently looking at opportunities to get more involved with the base as well as the local community.”
The key to taking full advantage of the wealth of benefits the 5/6 Council offers is participation, said Norris.
“You need to be willing to participate in 5/6, the things that any one of these organizations offer are only out there if people are willing to take advantage of it,” said Norris. “So if you are coming to the meetings and you are willing to participate and be part of this great organization, you’ve got a room full of people willing to help you.”
To find out more about the 5/6 Council contact Norris at 567-3290.