2003-08-08 / Community

Graduate Of Airmen Leadership

Air Force Staff Sgt. Sarita Z. Pharms has graduated from Airman Leadership School at Lajes Field, Lajes, Azores, Portugal.

Pharms is a morale, welfare, recreation and services journeyman assigned to the Sixty-fifth Services Squadron. She is the daughter of Hilda G. Khweiss of Far Rockaway. Her husband Javon is the son of Lula B. McLaughlin-Woods of Detroit, Michigan. Pharms, recently promoted, is a 1996 graduate of Graphic Communication Arts High School in New York City.

During the five-week course, airmen are trained to understand their positions in the Air Force organizational structure, leadership, communication skills, and profession of arms, which are needed for professional development to be effective noncommissioned officers.

The course is designed to prepare and better equip senior airmen to serve as supervisors, managers and rating officials as they progress in their enlisted military careers. The school is the first of three levels of professional military education programs used to develop and cultivate leadership and supervisory skills, and is a required course for airmen to complete prior to being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.

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