By Staff Sgt. Yolanda Kain, 56th Force Support Squadron
/ Published November 10, 2015
LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --
As an Airman at a new base, it can be confusing to figure out how to meet new people, develop yourself in your career and get involved.
Luckily, Luke Air Force Base has many organizations that can navigate you through not only how to develop yourself professionally, but help you network and make new friends.
Luke Air Force Base has many organizations you can play a pivotal role in, such as Unit Advisory Councils (UACs), Luke Empowering Airman's Development (LEAD), Focus 5/6 and the Top 3. You name it we have it. You can learn about the different opportunities available to you by being involved.
So, how do you get started? Ask your leadership how to get involved, show up to the meetings and be proactive. Base organizations provide opportunities to volunteer, lead, manage programs and organize events. They play a large part in the many positive ties and connections that we see on the base and out in the community.
Another positive outcome of being part of these organizations is meeting others and learning what their career fields bring to the mission. From troubleshooting your computer, assisting you through Defense Travel System or finding an answer through the many Air Force Instructions, you will never know how valuable it is to have a Communications, Comptroller or Personnelist acquaintance.
These organizations offer great opportunities for growth, but keep in mind that planning and coordinating events takes a lot of networking, management and manpower. One of the biggest struggles that comes with this is lack of participation or those who dropout at the last minute. This really hampers the positive outcomes and adds unneeded stress to those counting on your participation.
Please don't be one of those people who raise their hands and say they're all in, but then never show up to assist. You do not want to be labeled as unreliable.
Lastly, don't wait for opportunities to fall on your lap. Get up, get out there, be proactive and find something you like to do!