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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."

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”.
“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

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. 


Coffee Talk
Start Date/Time:
Thursday, August 5, 2021 9:00 AM
End Date/Time:
Thursday, August 5, 2021 10:00 AM
Recurring Event:
Recurring Event On the First Thursday of the month until 1/1/2026 (total 60 events)
Normal Priority

Chat with members of the AFDW team over a cup of coffee! Reach out to your A1 representative for an invitation!

Owned by Gabriel Cushing On Friday, March 12, 2021

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:


AF e-Learning

AF Virtual Education Center

Air University 


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