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Rose Smith, CSU Global student and a leader of the CSU Global Student Veteran Organization (SVO) recently graduated from the United States Air Force Airman Leadership School (ALS) at F. E Warren AFB, WY. Rose received the highly coveted John Levitow Award, which is given to the top graduate of the school. The criterion for the award includes demonstrating the highest standards for leadership and scholastic capabilities. Rose was selected for the Leivitow Award based on her top academic performance, reviews by her peers, as well as final evaluations by instructors. Rose was also awarded the Noncommissioned Officer Development Ribbon, which is a mandatory ribbon that has to now be worn on her uniform at all times and signifies her preparedness for future challenges as a noncommissioned officer in the USAF.

The ALS is a twenty-four-duty day temporary assignment. At the ALS, Senior Airmen learn the fundamental skills about becoming a noncommissioned officer in the USAF. The rigorous curriculum includes assignments on how to properly write awards packages, decorations, counseling statements, and Airman Comprehensive Assessments. In addition to those assignments, airmen were required to demonstrate facilitating Airman and NCO conversations as well as performing two public speaking assignments. Finally, students also had a performance evaluation in drill and ceremony. There was a total of 32 students attending this ALS, and they were broken down into two separate flights and formed one group. All of the airmen were working to develop their skills as a future noncommissioned officer in the Air Force, where they will be required to supervise their airmen one day.

Rose has had a very successful career in the Air Force and has been successful as a member of our SVO. Last year, she attended the VET Initiative associated with The Washington Center in Washington, D. C. The VET initiative is a 10-week internship program for veterans in our nation’s capital. The program also includes professional development classes. In addition to the VET Initiative, Rose attended the SVA Leadership Institute, also in Washington, D. C. The Institute was a 3-day intensive leadership training course for the top 100 SVO chapter leaders.

The CSU Global SVO team are very proud of Rose’s accomplishments, and we invite any member of the CSU Global community who is interested in veteran issues to join us on our SVO team. Contact Jim Meredith at to get involved or for more information about the CSU Global SVO.

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