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Emerge, Leadership Moody 2018 kicks off

Members of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody attempt an obstacle during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Valdosta State University, Ga.  The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody attempt an obstacle during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Valdosta State University, Ga. The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody attempt an obstacle during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Valdosta State University, Ga. The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Members of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody attempt an obstacle during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Valdosta State University, Ga. The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing Commander, speaks to Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody students, August 18, 2017, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody is an opportunity for 20 Team Moody members to engage in a nine month curriculum where they will gain leadership and networking skills to disperse throughout their units. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Short, 23rd Wing Commander, speaks to Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody students, August 18, 2017, Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody is an opportunity for 20 Team Moody members to engage in a nine month curriculum where they will gain leadership and networking skills to disperse throughout their units. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Airman Eugene Oliver)

Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander, addresses a crowd of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody students during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

U.S. Air Force Col. Jennifer Short, 23rd Wing commander, addresses a crowd of Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody students during the initial meeting of the 2018 classes, Aug. 18, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses are designed to nurture the development of leaders throughout the units stationed at Moody Air Force Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. --

The 2018 Emerge Moody and Leadership Moody courses began Aug. 18 with an initial meeting and team building rope course at Valdosta State University, Georgia.

Both programs consist of 20 selected officer and enlisted Airmen from an assortment of career fields -- both with the goal of cultivating better leaders, but where they differ is in their approach.

Emerge Moody’s goal is to nurture better leaders by taking an inside peek into the various mission sets around the installation to gain understanding of how everything works throughout Moody.

Having the ability to speak on various Air Force career fields besides their own will help participants become better leaders.

“I hope to be exposed to more leadership qualities,” said Tech. Sgt. John Johnson, 336th Recruiting Squadron standardization and training NCO and new student to Emerge Moody. “Knowing the bigger picture and how the Air Force operates is really big to me in recruiting. That way, I’m no longer sharing what I think about a particular [Air Force career field], but I’m telling them what I actually know.”

Leadership Moody is a program where participants gain knowledge from leaders throughout the local community by discussing what’s successful for them in a non-military environment and then utilizing those insights back in their units.

“I’m very excited, and the community really enjoys when we come out because they’re interested in what we do,” said Col. Jennifer Short, 23rd Wing commander. “One of our main priorities is to develop our leaders, so I hope this program helps us talk more, network more and ultimately make things happen on Moody”

In order for Moody to make things happen, it will have to be a full-team effort which is EM/LM’s ultimate goal.

“Most importantly, you get to take what you’ve learned back to people in your units that don’t have this opportunity,” Short said.

By the end of the nine-month curriculum, EM/LM course members will graduate with the ability to articulate what they’ve learned about Moody’s overall mission and use the insight gained through open discussion with local civilian leaders.

“This is a good tool for leaders to stay on top of their game and enhance not just their units, but also Airmen who they’re [around],” Johnson said. “It’s an honor and a privilege to be exposed to the many facets of Moody’s [overall] mission.”