AFCEA International Chapter News
MONTGOMERY CHAPTER CHAPTER - Jan 08, 2014

Commander Speaks to Young Professionals

In January, the chapter's Young AFCEAN Advisory Council (YAAC) hosted its first Business Over Breakfast seminar for 2014. Guest speaker Col. Trent Edwards, USAF, commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama, shared advice on professional success regarding the “Five F” values he lives by: freedom, family, faith, fitness and fun. Col. Edwards emphasized the importance of trust as a key component to successful leadership, and continued the discussion to lead into explanations of the “Five Fs”. He explained that freedom ties directly into the Air Force mission, and as an Air Force commander, it is essential to his duty to uphold the freedoms and principles set forth in the U.S. Constitution. Col. Edwards related the importance of family to the workplace and the importance of working together as a team. The colonel continued his discussion to emphasize the importance of having faith and trust in airmen and fellow servicemen and servicewomen. He mentioned faith gives people the ability to stay grounded in all aspects of life and work. Col. Edwards also mentioned the importance of fitness of not only the body, but also of the mind and soul. He explained the ultimate benefit of investing in a level of overall fitness is a more balanced life. Finally, Col. Edwards stressed the importance of fun. He mentioned the two most important things at the end of the day are being surrounded by family and the satisfaction of knowing one made a positive impact in the world. Col. Edwards also touched on personal philosophies for successful leadership, and mentioned responsibility and accountability are two key traits for building essential trust and inspiring others to follow one's leadership. He mentioned the importance of leaders remaining engaged with their team and recognizing various skills sets within the workplace, which can be utilized to move the mission forward. Ultimately, fostering the skills of others will build their leadership skills and, in turn, generate more leaders. The colonel noted his “Five Ps” of understanding organizational culture: people, personalities, politics, process and policy; and his “Three Ls” to follow upon entering an organization: listen, learn and lead. The audience of industry and military professionals actively engaged in a question and answer session with the colonel following his presentation. The chapter thanks Col. Edwards for donating his time and sharing his personal philosophies with Montgomery's Young AFCEANs.

Event Photographs:

In January, Col. Trent Edwards, USAF, commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees regarding the “Five Fs” he values.
In January, Col. Trent Edwards, USAF, commander, 42nd Air Base Wing, Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, speaks to Business Over Breakfast attendees regarding the “Five Fs” he values.
Kameke Mitchell (r), president, Young AFCEA Montgomery Chapter, presents Col. Edwards with a certificate of appreciation in January.
Kameke Mitchell (r), president, Young AFCEA Montgomery Chapter, presents Col. Edwards with a certificate of appreciation in January.
Various military and industry personnel network after the Business Over Breakfast seminar in January.
Various military and industry personnel network after the Business Over Breakfast seminar in January.

For more details regarding this event contact:
Taylor Gardiner
334-314-6763

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