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5th PACE Summit will focus on the State of the Profession

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – The Profession of Arms Center of Excellence will be hosting its 5th leadership summit in San Antonio, December 6-7.

Representatives from each major command, headquarters Air Force, the U.S. Air Force Academy and others will gather to discuss the “State of the Profession” at this year’s “Profession of Arms Summit V.”

“The PACE leadership summit has been an exceptional opportunity for members of our Air Force to come together and discuss specific issues important to strengthening the Air Force culture,” said Col. Denise Cooper, PACE director. “This year is no different.”

The upcoming summit will include guest speakers Janine Sijan-Rozina and Raymond Strasburger. Sijan-Rozina will be sharing her brother, Capt. Lance P. Sijan’s, story on the 50th commemorative year of when Sijan’s aircraft was downed; and wi Sijan-Rozina will be speaking about her brother’s resilience and the legacy he left behind.

Strasburger will be recounting his experience in the Battle for Baghdad during Operation Iraqi Freedom which earned him a Silver Star. Strasburger is currently the Deputy Chief of Staff for U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa.

Cooper added that listening to the guest speakers’ orations ties into PACE’s commitment to learning and sharing the history of the Air Force.

“History makes us smarter and heritage is what makes us prouder,” she added.

PACE was first established in 2015 with the charge to develop Air Force personnel with a professionalism mindset, character and core values to enhance the effectiveness of organizations across the Air Force.

The organization’s mission is to include strengthening the trusted Air Force professional identity with a diverse portfolio of tactics, techniques and procedures that are designed for Total Force command teams, supervisors, platform instructors, and educators to use on a daily basis as part of their leadership and teaching approach.

Since its inception, the 34-member PACE team has presented the Enhancing Human Capital workshop to more than 80,000 Airmen and civilians and currently has a four-month waiting list due to it being in high demand.


Additionally, PACE offers micro-learning content videos through the Heritage Today, Portraits in Courage and Identity video series.  Each video in the series is linked to the Air Force core values and is designed to inspire and promote critical thinking and group discussion; and have reached more than 3 million people through social media.


“Our Air Force culture and values is not a program; it's a way of life and the this year’s PACE summit

 will bring thought leaders from across the Air Force, joint community, academia and industry together to talk about enculturation and what it means to be an Airman,” Cooper stated.

Some of PACE’s more popular tools include the “3-slides” Pacesetter, brochures that feature the enlisted, officer and civilian oaths, and scripts for civilian promotion ceremonies. The three-slides tool is a five-minute staff meeting technique to get to know where your personnel come from, who matters the most to them and where they see themselves in five years. PACE also offers a video ethical vignette series titled, “What Now?,” that challenges the targeted audience to discuss realistic values-based issues from multiple points of view. 


“These tools have been requested or downloaded at increasing rates,” Cooper said. “And, the video

featuring appreciation for our civilian teammates has received high praise from across the civilian workforce.”


Presentations discussed at the summit will be available on the PACE website following the event.


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