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MacDill takes charge in developing joint warfighters

MacDill takes charge in developing joint warfighters

Story by A1C Caleb Nunez on 01/15/2019

“I, [state your full name], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic”

This declaration of service is the foundation of the oath of enlistment and is spoken by every service member upon joining the military, regardless of branch of service. Just as service members speak the same words, they work together toward a common goal – protecting the country.

MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., hosted its first-ever Joint Professional Military Education enhancement seminar Jan. 9-11, 2019, continuing the military’s strides to become a more cohesive force.

The three-day course, open to non-commissioned officers of all branches, focused on creating a common base of knowledge across all services in preparation of serving in a joint environment.

“We had E-9’s from the Navy, Marine Corps, Army and Air Force brief throughout the course,” said Master Sgt. Paul Norris, the 6th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant and facilitator to the seminar. “They went over their perspective and experiences with the students in case they found themselves deployed with another service or supervising or rating someone from another service.”

The course covered topics such as the joint perspective from each branch, cultural and ethical awareness, building partnerships, communication, and leadership.

“The key to the seminar was for senior enlisted leaders to pass on their knowledge to the NCO core that is going to continue serving in the military for the next 20 years,” said Senior Master Sgt. John Verrecchio, the 6th Air Mobility Wing’s career assistance advisor. “We have such a unique mission here at MacDill with the 6th Air Mobility Wing and our mission partners, which includes two combatant commands, that we have the ability and need for joint training.”

The following are perspectives from students who participated in the course.

Air Force

“The biggest thing I took away from the course was the motivational point of views the briefers bestowed upon us,” said Staff Sgt. Andrew Manksy, a 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic manager. “Now I can take what they gave us and give it to my Airmen to help motivate them and help them see things from a different point of view.”


“I wanted to know how I can be a better me, and a better me means learning about the diversity of the different branches,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jenice Martin, a builder with the Navy Operational Support Center. “We do things differently to accomplish the same goal. Your way may be different, but it doesn’t mean it is better or worse.”

Marine Corps

“We had the opportunity to sit down with senior enlisted personnel and pick their brains about their experiences,” said Corporal Bassir Atayee, a 1st Marine Division language analyst. “I learned a lot in terms of how to be a good and effective leader, which I can apply on a daily basis.”

As the course continues to grow, it will be offered twice a year and remain open to all branches of service. For more information on future PME courses visit If unable to access site, email

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