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Minnesota National Guard
Mentorship program now available to all Minnesota National Guard NCOs

Mentors CAMP RIPLEY, Minn- A program started in 2012 to help non-commissioned officers develop and progress in their careers is now available to all Minnesota National Guard non-commissioned officers (NCOs) in the grade of E-5 and above

The Minnesota National Guard mentorship program provides mentor support for NCOs who wish to further and enhance their careers and gain insight from experienced senior NCOs The program is open to both the Army and Air National Guard

"We as senior NCOS have got to promote mentorship with our junior leaders through our own coaching, teaching and mentoring because they're going to replace us sometime in the near future," said Command Sgt Maj Douglas Wortham, senior enlisted advisor for the Minnesota National Guard

The program has cascaded on schedule, starting with senior NCOs as mentors and mentees at the state level and now moving into the junior NCO ranks across all units Mentors in the program go through specific training with certified trainers in order to best be able to serve as a mentor Mentors are chosen based on nominations by organizational leadership of those who possess the knowledge and experience to benefit others

"I'm happy to report that as of this year we are on schedule with the targets that the mentor steering committee had established," said Command Sgt Maj Erik Arne, the mentorship program director

Mentees who are interested in the program should work with their chain of command to get in touch with their major subordinate command mentor coordinator Senior leaders can also nominate Soldiers with high potential for leadership to have a mentor to help them reach their goals

"You know who your Soldiers are who possess the abilities and demonstrate the potential to lead this organization from now until 2025 and beyond," Arne said to senior enlisted leaders of the Minnesota National Guard during a recent joint senior enlisted conference

Interested mentees will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about their strengths, weaknesses and future goals That information will be used to pair them with the mentor who would be the best match Mentees should have a desire to learn, grow and develop in their positions and careers

"Most NCOs don't know where to begin in learning that next skill because they aren't looking at their career as a career, they only see the next wall or hurdle to get over," said Master Sgt Konrad Sjoblom, the state mentorship coordinator "Because they don't know where they want to wind up, they don't know where they are going"

The mentorship program is aimed at building a corps of skilled and knowledgeable NCOs who will be the future senior enlisted leaders of the Minnesota National Guard

"That focus on individual development will ensure the continued success of our junior Soldiers and our organization into the future," said Arne

October 25, 2014
by Master Sgt Blair Heusdens
Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs

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