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TIME Workshop

104th Fighter Wing, Westfield, Mass. -- It's time for the TIME workshop again! The TIME workshop, which stands for Technical Sergeants Involved and Mentoring Enlisted airmen, was held at the Southbridge Convention Center, from May 12-15, 2014. This was the second year for the four day interactive workshop, which is organized by Joint Force Headquarters (JFHQ). There were approximately 160 attending from New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine. All rooms and meals were also provided.

With more than 360 technical sergeants assigned to the Massachusetts Air National Guard, the purpose of the workshop was primarily focused on building strength in the enlisted force, promoting mentorship, leadership, force development and diversity. Chief Master Sgt. Michelle O'Keefe from Massachusetts JFHQ said, "Get out of your comfort zone and get involved. Take control of your career."

The distinguished guests included Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, Massachusetts Air Commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Rick MacDonald, Massachusetts State Command Chief. The sergeants heard success stories and career advice from top enlisted Air National Guard leaders and other nationally known speakers during the workshop. Sgt. Ken Weichert (a.k.a Sgt. Ken) from the Tennessee Army National Guard spoke about resiliency and self-discipline. Sgt. Weichert stressed the importance of having a good mentor. Dr. Michael Frost spoke about Managing the Millennials, and Tech Sgt. Matthew Zien spoke on the subject "Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities."

The event concluded on May 15, sending the sergeant's back to their units with positive energy to pursue future goals that will enhance their career development and influence other airman.