Luke LEAD Council involved in the community, helps Airmen

Senior Airman Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health medical technician and the Luke Empowering Airmen’s Development Council president, goes over the latest upcoming events during a LEAD Council meeting Sept. 16, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Club Five Six. The LEAD Council has various programs available to help Airmen succeed, from the shadowing program to the scholarships provided and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Lee)

Senior Airman Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health medical technician and the Luke Empowering Airmen’s Development Council president, goes over the latest upcoming events during a LEAD Council meeting Sept. 16, 2015 at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz. Club Five Six. The LEAD Council has various programs available to help Airmen succeed, from the shadowing program to the scholarships provided and more. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Lee)

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- There are many organizations available for Airmen to be a part of. From the Air Force Sergeant's Association, Top 3 to Focus 56, each has its own goals, but there is one group, although low in rank have great vision for the future.

"LEAD stands for Luke Empowering Airmen's Development," said Senior Airman Dylan Vogel, 56th Medical Operations Squadron Family Health medical technician and LEAD Council president. "Lead is about helping Airmen get out of their comfort zone by volunteering, networking with Airmen in different career fields and doing something new other than their job."

The LEAD Council accepts members from ranks E-1 through E-4 and is here with the Airmen in mind.

"It's important to have a LEAD council, because it's an opportunity for us to give back to the Airmen," said Senior Airman LeAndre Anderson, 56th Operations Support Squadron Aircrew Flight Equipment journeyman and LEAD Council public affairs and event coordinator. "When our current council members were elected, our goal from the start was to give back to our members and help professionally develop them into the next leaders of the Air Force."

The LEAD Council helps professionally develop Airmen in several ways, from the shadowing program, where one could shadow a chief, officer or an Airman in a different career field, to the scholarships provided and more.

"We created a scholarship program where we give a $150 scholarship away five times per year, but we're hoping to give out more in the future," Vogel said. "The scholarship funds can be used for textbooks and classes."

Another great way LEAD members give back to the local community is through donating their time.

"We are involved in the local community through volunteer events," Anderson said. "We also contribute by helping spread the word of other organization's volunteer events through our council meetings and through email. Recently, we helped provide volunteers for the Air Force Ball, Airman Leadership School graduations and the POW/MIA ceremony. We also work with other private organizations by providing volunteers for events they're hosting, such as Top 3, Air Force Sergeants Association and more."

Although the Air Force is changing the way Airmen are rated, giving back is still important.

"It's important for us to be involved with the community, because we need to 'lead by example,'" Vogel said. "Additionally, it goes hand- in-hand with the whole person concept, especially if the individual wants to be competitive for award packages."

LEAD Council meetings gives Airmen the opportunity to lead.

"I would highly encourage Airmen to attend a LEAD Council meeting if they haven't, because it's better to hear about the latest and greatest events directly from an Airman than reading it in their email," Vogel said. "Not only are they able to ask questions and have them answered right away, but they can get involved and also talk about volunteer events they're planning. We also give individuals a chance to lead and have the opportunity to head up events. We also help push their ideas and events through meetings and email. Remember, being an active member of the LEAD Council is a great way to not only give back to others but to have a chance to make a positive impact on other Airmen and in the local community."