Training the relief
Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi’s First Class Petty Officers’ Mess (FCPOM) recently began offering a professional development workshop for all E-5 and junior personnel around the base.
The workshop is geared toward helping junior Sailors with subjects like test-taking skills and developing good study habits for advancement exams, periodic evaluation and award writing, reading a profile sheet and more.
According to Master-at-Arms First Class Chris Nash, who serves as the NAF Atsugi FCPOM Vice President, the idea for the course came about through a series of meetings between the FCPOM, NAF Atsugi Junior Sailor Association (JSA) and Coalition of Sailors Against Destructive Decisions (CSADD) cabinet members.
Among the topics discussed in the gatherings was a request from the junior personnel for things such as a how-to class on evaluation writing and explanations on specific Navy programs and administrative messages. From there, the FCPOM put their heads together and came up with a plan of attack.
“This is a program the junior Sailors wanted, and we took it for action,” said Nash. “I’d like to see it develop into a year round training and mentorship program that gives junior Sailors tools for what is expected of them as developing leaders in the navy.”
NAF Atsugi JSA Vice President Culinary Specialist Second Class Kalia Vang feels the workshop came right on time, and she jumped at the opportunity.
“I personally think it’s a great opportunity for us to take in and enhance our professional knowledge,” she said.“ I recently had to write my evaluation, and I was struggling because I had never done it before, so I am looking forward to learning things like that.”
The workshop meets biweekly on Thursday from 11 a.m. to noon in the Fleet and Family Support Center’s 2nd floor classroom and is open to all E-5 and junior personnel. There is no need to sign up.
“It’s all about helping our junior personnel get to where we are at… training our relief,” said Nash.