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320 MS kicks off Crew Commander Upgrade Course

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  • By Glenn S. Robertson
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs

The 320th Missile Squadron recently created, organized and implemented a leadership training course to provide those missileers with more tools in their leadership toolbox.

Nearly 15 missileers attended the first iteration of Crew Commander Upgrade Course, designed to provide training crucial to leadership Oct. 19 – 21 in the Operations Group headquarters on F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.

Though the responsibilities of a capsule commander are immense while on alert, the program aims to reinforce leadership skills beyond the launch control capsule.

“As a commander, these missileers are not only in charge of a flight of 10 ICBMs, but the care and mentoring of new missileers and taking on a larger role in the day-to-day operations of the squadron,” said Capt. Sydney Ginger, instructor with the 320 MS.

The first class included training sessions with Brig. General Stacy Jo Huser, Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, National Nuclear Security Administration for the Department of Energy, and prior 90th Missile Wing commander; Col. Barry Little, Vice Commander of 20th Air Force; and Maj. Erin Holland, 90th Force Support Squadron commander.

However, the class was more than just classroom learning, said Ginger.

“They also were able to learn from their peers, as most of the course centered on group discussion,” said Ginger. “This allowed the missileers to learn from one another’s diverse backgrounds and experiences.”

While the class has its beginnings among the 320 MS, there are hopes to provide the instruction to missileers across 20th Air Force.

“There is real value in the lessons imparted through this class,” said Lt Col Janet Dewese, 320 MS Commander. “Though it’s only being taught to missileers in the 320th today, we plan on sharing with our sister squadrons in the Operations Group, and the two the other missile wings – Malmstrom and Minot. We are one big giant team, so cross-talking and sharing ideas is good for everyone.”

The next class will be conducted in the first quarter of 2022.