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Material handed out during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Material handed out during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Drost, Logistics Manager for the 245th Civil Engineer Flight, finalizes a presentation before the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Drost, Logistics Manager for the 245th Civil Engineer Flight, finalizes a presentation before the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the North Carolina Air National Guard proudly stand at attention while reciting the Airmen’s Creed during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the North Carolina Air National Guard proudly stand at attention while reciting the Airmen’s Creed during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Marshall C. Collins, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, welcomes airmen to the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Col. Marshall C. Collins, commander of the 145th Airlift Wing, welcomes airmen to the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing, Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, gives an inspirational welcome to airmen during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing, Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, gives an inspirational welcome to airmen during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Benson makes highlights in the Air Force Instruction 1-1 booklet, also known as the “Little Blue Book” during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacqueline Benson makes highlights in the Air Force Instruction 1-1 booklet, also known as the “Little Blue Book” during the first ever Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard’s, recreation center in Charlotte, N.C. The symposium, sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, focused on the professional development of Airmen with a day of instruction including such topics as the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- No mission happens without quality people to see it through from start to finish.

"This is a monumental event," said 145th Airlift Wing, Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams, referring to the first-ever unit Enlisted Symposium held Aug. 14, 2015. "It provides a foundation that will help develop future leaders in the 145th Airlift Wing."

Held at the base recreation center near the unit's Charlotte Douglas International Airport headquarters, the symposium focused on the professional development of Airmen. Sponsored by the North Carolina Chiefs Council, the event hosted some 50 Airmen for a day of instruction on topics including the Air Force fitness program, career progression and how to write evaluation bullets.

Symposium organizers meant to impress on the next generation of leaders that not only is superior job performance a prerequisite for advancement, but how you represent yourself also impacts how far and how quickly an Airman can climb the ladder. That's why they included mock interview boards and even advice on how to properly prepare an official Air Force biography.

"We owe it to our young Airmen to set them up for success," said Williams. "If they don't know what they need to do and how they need to do it, then we've done them and our unit disservice."

The symposium extended beyond just military-related topics. Airmen attending could get lessons in how to handle their personal finances from experts on site. Personal finances not handled well can often spill over into an Airman's military career with many potential adverse consequences.

"This was a wonderful event and an investment in our future." said Chief Master Sgt. Susan Dietz, Superintendent of the 145th Medical Group. "Our Airmen deserve to have more resources available to them to plan out their careers and make their goals achievable." 

Williams says the Chiefs Council plans to make the symposium an annual event.