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Embracing joint opportunities: Airmen complete Marine profession military education

Air Force and Marine Corps personnel stand in formation before morning physical training.

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps personnel stand in formation before morning physical training as part of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Air Force and Marine Corps personnel run during morning physical training.

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps personnel run during morning physical training as part of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Air Force and Marine Corps personnel run during morning physical training.

U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps personnel run during morning physical training as part of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Instructor talks to trainees.

A U.S. Marine Corps instructor of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course speaks to the trainees, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Marine giving presentation.

A U.S Marine Corps member gives a presentation to his group during a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Airman giving presentation to his group.

Senior Airman Bradley Thompson, 378th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical journeyman, gives a presentation to his group during a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Marine Corps unit commander briefs class.

A U.S Marine Corps unit commander briefs attendees of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course about what it means to be a noncommissioned officer at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Marine Corps unit commander briefs class.

A U.S Marine Corps unit commander briefs attendees of a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course about what it means to be a noncommissioned officer, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 7 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

Photo of Airman receiving course certificate.

Senior Airman Emil Jacobsen, 378th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron emergency management technician, receives a course certificate from a U.S. Marine Corps instructor during a Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 9, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Willow Marshall)

Three graduates pose for a photo.
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Three U.S. Air Force graduates of a U.S. Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course pose for a picture after a graduation ceremony at Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, June 9, 2021. The professional development course, hosted by Marines stationed at PSAB, is a 14-day formal training event designed to educate Marine corporals on the duties and responsibilities of a noncommissioned officer. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Willow Marshall)

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Five U.S. Air Force graduates of a U.S. Marine Corps Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics seminar pose with their instructors, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2021. The training was developed and taught by U.S. Marine Corps instructors stationed at PSAB, and offered to a small number of Airmen selected by their leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Samuel Earick)

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Three U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 378th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and 378th Expeditionary Communications Squadron joined a group of Marine corporals to complete the Marine Corps University’s Corporals Course early June at PSAB.

ECES Senior Airmen Emil Jacobsen and Bradley Thompson, and ECS Senior Airman Joseph Ramirez attended the two-week course alongside their Marine counterparts, completing a mixture of demonstrations, practical applications, physical training events, guided discussions, a performance examination and a written examination.

The professional military education course is a course meant to prepare corporals as they transition to small unit leaders.

“During this course, corporals gain insight on key facets of their new grade and responsibilities and are groomed to take on future leadership challenges,” said the U.S. Marine unit’s first sergeant. “The Corporals Course emphasizes to students that promotion to their new rank as corporals not only identifies them as small unit leaders within their unit, but as leaders of Marines.”

In a joint service environment like PSAB, units often take advantage when offered an opportunity to work together.

“As we continuously evolve our warfighting strategy, it is imperative that we develop our Airmen to be interoperable with our service partners,” said U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jason S. Delacruz, first sergeant, 378th ECES. “This Enlisted Professional Military Education course is a great step toward molding our Airmen into next generation joint leaders.”

Creating joint-minded leaders is a sentiment shared by Delacruz’s counterpart.

“The Marine Corps looks for any and every opportunity to collaborate with other branches of service, whether it is professional military education for promotion or on the battlefield to increase lethality and knowledge of all young men and women,” said first sergeant. “The Airmen did an astonishing job in the progression of the stimulating course and represented the Air Force with grace and enthusiasm.”

Five junior enlisted E-3 Airmen were also given the opportunity to benefit from a Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics seminar offered in May.