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Air Force Airmen board a Japan Air Self-Defense Force C-130H Hercules from the 401st Tactical Airlift Squadron, Japan, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Feb 25, 2019. (Air Force photo by Senior Airman Xavier Navarro)

The Air Force plans to incorporate the 10 Airman Leadership Qualities (ALQs) it introduced earlier this year into both feedback and the evaluation systems all officers and enlisteds receive. The change will take effect March 31.

“The ALQs represent the performance characteristics we want to define, develop, incentivize and measure in our airmen,” said Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly, the Air Force manpower chief. “Increasing the everyday usage of the ALQs is crucial to developing the airmen of tomorrow and integrating them into formal feedback accelerates us towards that goal.”


The ALQ consists of four primary performance areas:

•      Executing the mission – focusing on job proficiency, initiative and adaptability.
•      Leading people – focusing on inclusion and teamwork, emotional intelligence, and communication.
•      Managing resources – specifically addressing accountability and stewardship of resources.
•      Improving the unit – with emphasis on decision-making and innovation.

“We want our airmen to strive for continual, meaningful growth,” said Chief Master Sgt. Derek Crowder, the senior enlisted leader for manpower, personnel and services. “Implementing these qualities for all airmen encourages deliberate feedback in areas to align with what we value.”

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