Back to Basics: AFRC hosts INLEAD Course at Air Force Gateway

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  • By Senior Airman Brittany Wich
  • 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Air Force Reserve Command hosted the 2023 International Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Development course for NATO and allied partnered Air Forces and Air Reserve components senior enlisted leaders, here September 16-21.

The INLEAD course is held every year, sponsored by the International Air Reserve Symposium (IARS) which was established in 1992. The location changes annually to allow participants to experience the military heritage of different host nations, while learning leadership development in an international integrated environment.

“This year we have decided to host it here at the home of Basic Military Training because we want to get back to the basics,” said U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Lakesha Peterson, Chief of Enlisted Force Development at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. and coordinator of this year’s INLEAD course. “Our theme and focus for the week will be 'Remembering your Alamo'... remembering why you’re serving... why you decided to put and keep this uniform on.”

The five-day training course consisted of guest speakers, cohort discussions and tours of JBSA-Lackland and the Alamo in downtown San Antonio.

This course consisted of students from Canada, Denmark, Germany, Netherlands, Norway and the United States Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. Royal Netherlands Air Force Sergeant First Class Remco Stalenhoef, 520 Squadron Reserve Group and INLEAD course student, outlined his goals for the training.

“I would like inspiration from leaders and new insight on how employees are motivated to become the best version of leaders,” said Stalenhoef. “I would like to build up relationships with colleagues from other countries, gain experience and also have a fun time, of course, in the USA.”

Chief Master Sgt. Sam Caballero, the lead facilitator responsible for student content and curriculum at this year's course, said "INLEAD is about coming together and making connections with our international partners. It is these connections that will allow us to learn, grow, and continue to engage in the future".