192nd Guardsman first at Langley to complete new professional military education (PME) course

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  • By Staff Sgt. Lucretia Cunningham
  • 192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Technical Sgt. Reavae Greenhouse, an internal controls technician with the 192nd Support Squadron, was the first at Langley Air Force Base to finish the new Noncommissioned Officer Distance Learning Course (NCO DLC).

In April 2017, the Air University released a memorandum, signed by Jeffrey Geidner, dean of enlisted professional military education for the Air Force, announcing the phasing out of the Course 15 program and the introduction of the revamped NCO DLC on June 1, 2017. The reinvention of the course was intended to make the information easier to learn in smaller sections and compatible for reading on mobile devices.

Greenhouse agreed that the course is more retainable, stating she learned a lot from the modules, including “how to be self-aware as a leader, leadership styles, and how to prevent potential issues from the leadership perspective.”

Current students in the Course 15 program have the option to disenroll and re-enroll into the new course. However, if members have not finished Course 15 by its expiration in September 2018, they will be required to enroll into the new NCO DLC.

Although Airmen are allowed 12 months to complete the program, Greenhouse accomplished the course in just 90 days. After she passed each module’s exam, the base’s test proctor notified Greenhouse that she was the first Airman to complete the course at Langley AFB.

Greenhouse credits her success to dedication, determination, and her supervisor for allowing study time during the duty day. “Completing the modules in such a short period required studying for the majority of my day.” Greenhouse said. “I also studied when I got home at night to make sure I was ready for the tests.”

Greenhouse, who joined the Air National Guard in 2012 after six years on active duty said, “[NCO DLC] was something that was necessary for me to accomplish other things like getting promoted and earning credits towards my bachelor’s degree in business administration.”

Offering advice for other Airmen to get through the course, Greenhouse said, “Break it down depending on your learning style; whether you learn with flash cards, reading the material, or using different colored highlighters to visualize it like I did, try to simplify it so you understand it.”