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Joint Base Andrews News

NEWS | Jan. 23, 2023

Joint Base Andrews hosts National Mentorship Month panel

By Senior Airman Tyrone Thomas 316th Wing Public Affairs

January is National Mentoring Month and Andrews brought together base leadership for a panel offering a unique perspective on career goals, motivation, and challenges one faces while advancing their personal development journey, Jan. 23.
Ensuring that your goals and the goals of those you lead are in perfect alignment, is an ideal way to form a mutually beneficial relationship between mentor and mentee. Oftentimes, the relationship is between a senior and junior member of an organization but even those in senior positions have much to learn by helping someone fulfill their potential.
“Mentorship is not a one-way street. Mentorship takes work. Go find someone you admire regardless of rank and ask them if they can mentor you. Don’t be afraid to get out there.” Capt. Rachel Kinkead, 316th Force Support Squadron operations officer, said. “John Wooden’s ‘The Pyramid of Success’ is highly recommended reading, a quote I take from it is, ‘you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.’”
The pathway through mentorship is ongoing and this year’s theme for Mentoring Month is “Love your mentoring journey”, acknowledging that we all have something we can teach and learn from each other.