An Evening with the Commandant: A Leadership Dinner

This week the Commandant invited Cadet Squadron 1, Cadet Squadron 6, Cadet Squadron 23, and Cadet Squadron 28 to her house for an Evening with the Commandant: A Leadership Dinner.

This dinner gives cadets firsthand experience at social decorum and going to your “boss’s house.” The cadets learn simple things like which side your name tag should go on; it is the right hand side in case you were wondering. Also cadets learn how to go through a receiving line. Throughout the night they are encourage to speak to new people and permanent party. This is very important because in the Air Force, airmen might not know everyone on their team like they did in their cadet squadron, so being able to step outside their comfort zone is a very important skill to have.



Cadets and guests all dressed up for the occasion!



Cadets and guests (all ages and sizes) are greeted by Brig. Gen. Goodwin and Mrs. Goodwin, as well as, CMSgt. Bouchee and Mrs. Bouchee. This is known as a receiving line.  


Brig. Gen. Goodwin begins the night by thanking her staff for making these dinners possible. She also introduces all the permanent party that are in attendance.



As part of the night’s agenda, each Squadron Commander or AOC addresses the party and thanks their team and the Goodwin family for hosting the dinner. Afterwards they present Brig. Gen. Goodwin with a gift, as pictured above.


Squadron 28 aka the Blackbirds, went 80,000 ft. and above with their gift! A cadet in their squadron painted the Blackbird plane for Brig. Gen. Goodwin. The squadron also signed the back of the painting, for a truly one of a kind gift.  

To view the rest of the pictures from our recent Leadership Dinner coverage, go to Galleries > Military Training > Character and Leadership Development. Or click the link below.

An Evening with the Commandant: A Leadership Dinner