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NEWS | Feb. 15, 2008

Vietnam War ace to mentor Team Lackland CGOs

By Lt. Col. Paul Gloyd 37th Operations Support Squadron

Lackland company grade officers will get a rare opportunity to speak to an "ace" at their next professional development session.

Retired Col. Charles DeBellevue will address CGOs and discuss leadership in both combat and non-combat environments Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Gateway Club.

Colonel DeBellevue is best known as the first weapon systems officer who became the leading ace during the Vietnam War.

In addition to his flying accomplishments, Colonel DeBellevue and his wife were the 1994 recipients of the General and Mrs. Jerome F. O'Malley Award, awarded to the top wing commander and spouse in the Air Force.

CGO professional development sessions, held the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the Gateway Club, is designed is to expand our CGOs' understanding of and commitment to our role as Airmen in our wartime Air Force.

The program is centered around world-class speakers on leadership and Air Force heritage.

Past speakers have included retired Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez and retired Gen. Billy Boles.

Mentoring our Warrior Airmen and leaders is instrumental to the long-term, future success of our institution. All CGOs are highly encouraged to attend these sessions seldom afforded outside intermediate and senior developmental education courses of instruction.