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Welcome to the AFDW University!

At Air Force District of Washington, we recognize that fostering a learning culture and developing employees is a competitive advantage and is imperative to fostering a diverse workforce. Through a comprehensive mentoring, a personal development program, and policies that advance these efforts, we can achieve that diverse workforce. 

Having a mentor to share experiences with and guide a mentee can help Airmen, from officers and enlisted to our civilian team members, discover their strengths, but also help them makes strides towards achieving their full potential both inside and outside the Air Force. 

Through the telling of first-person experiences, we share the impact of mentoring -- on both mentors and mentees. Here you will find:

 - Personal takes on mentorship and personal growth from Airmen around the command, representative of different stages of an Air Force career. 

 - Information and access to resources to enable your own growth within' the AFDW University. 

"Seek out multiple mentors and in turn look for people who can benefit from the knowledge you’ve gained in your life and career—pay it forward.  Mentorship is enduring.  It should be a personal, career-long commitment to supporting a person’s growth and development.  Honoring that commitment requires significant effort and is the responsibility of both parties.  Coordinating, developing, and executing meaningful engagements, for personal and professional growth, is a shared responsibility."
- General Ricky N. Rupp, AFDW Commander

What does mentorship mean to afdw?

"My personal and professional successes are attributed to having exceptional mentors. Mentorship involves professional and personal development; helping others see what they can’t see in themselves and providing candid feedback to help them achieve their goals and ambitions. One of my favorite quotes is from Oprah Winfrey who said, “Nobody makes it alone. Nobody has made it alone. And we are all mentors to people even when we don’t know it”.
“Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.” Jack Welch (1935-2020), CEO of General Electric (1981-2001).
“Mentorship brings us together in a manner that forces us to acknowledge our interdependence, to appreciate, in Martin Luther King Jr.’s words, that ‘we are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied to a single garment of destiny.’ In this way, mentoring enables us to participate in the essential but unfinished drama of reinventing community, while reaffirming that there is an important role for each of us in it.” – Marc Freeman
"Mentorship occurs when one moves another to a different level ~ professionally, mentally or personally. Mentorship isn’t found in policy or programs…can’t be forced…nor should the quality of mentor be assumed based on rank, position or status. Mentorship is best served when organic and honest. Mentorship is the building block of relationships and teams ~ progress and trust. It’s never solely about the mentee…it is about us."
"Mentorship does not have to be a formal meeting. It happens daily in our interactions with each other. I’m sure we can all look back and point to specific moments where a word of encouragement, advice, or feedback literally changed our lives. We should do the same for others, encourage them, mentor them, and coach them…make a difference in someone’s life."

Access to The University

 

President Kennedy once said, “Leadership and learning are indispensable from each other.”  Think deeply about the ideas presented in this Leadership Library, challenge preconceived notions, and find ways to build a better Air Force for today’s Airmen and for those who will follow us. 

Follow the link above for access to the AFDW University, with easy access to training for AFDW civilian and military personnel. The calendar below will provide insight into future training events, with points of contact for access. CAC access is required. 

 

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Annual University Events

  • AFDW Mentorship Month - January
  • AFDW Professional Development Month - March

Important Links

Establish or update your accounts for mentorship and professional development opportunities at:

MyVector

AF e-Learning

AF Virtual Education Center

Air University 

MyPers

Virtual Force Development Center, via my Air Force

Note: All links require CAC access. 

A1 Force Development and Training

For questions, please contact: 

AFDW A1 Force Development and Training - AFDW.A1.KF@us.af.mil

1500 W. Perimeter Rd. Suite 5300

Joint Base Andrews, MD