Air Force Leadership Training Program

6th Annual U.S. Air Force / FIRST Leadership Experience for FIRST Teachers & Mentors

The U.S. Air Force develops leaders of remarkable character and vision. For the 6th year, the U.S. Air Force is offering an unique three-day leadership program providing FIRST mentors with hands on leadership training taught by Air Force personnel.

Throughout the three-day experience, mentors will attend lectures, take part in team building exercises, and tour the Air Force Academy and a local Air Force Base. The Air Force will select a group of 24 teachers and mentors from FIRST Tech Challenge and FIRST Robotics Competition teams who are helping inspire today’s youth to become the technical leaders of tomorrow.

Congratulations to the following recipients of the Air Force Leadership opportunity:

FIRST Robotics Competition
Angela Benjamin
Brian Benton
Patrick Trophy
Stephanie Burnham
Dayan Durrant
Alandra Kahl
Chin-Tang Liu
Celeste Lucier
Deborah May
Justin Scheider
Thomas Schultz
Paula Soley
FIRST Tech Challenge
Olukayode Banmeke
Crystal Burnworth
Joe Corona
Lana Daly
Hector Hernandez
Laura Larkin
Topher Mueller
James Mulanax
Mary Jo Othon
Lindy Pals
Ashlyn Silverthorn
Brian Sonnier

When:  July 23 – 27, 2017; Dates could be subject to change based on Air Force operational missions/priorities.

Where:  Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs and an Air Force Base in the Colorado Springs area.

The USAF/FIRST Leadership Experience is at no cost to the 24 selected teachers/mentors. All travel costs within the continental United States (airfare, lodging, meals) are paid by the U.S. Air Force.

*Please note the workshop dates will most likely have one travel day before and one travel day after the 3-day seminar.*

Participation Agenda:

July 23th - Travel to Colorado Springs for all mentors

July 24th - Leadership Experience

July 25th - Leadership Experience   

July 26th - Leadership Experience      

July 27th - Travel home for all mentors


Disclaimer:  The Department of Defense is undergoing budgetary reviews that may require the Air Force to cancel this event at a moment’s notice. It is the Air Force’s intent to hold this event unless directed to cease all actions due to sequestration. The Air Force believes this event is worthwhile and provides long-term benefits that help develop future leaders. If the event is canceled, you will be notified immediately.