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Misawa Highlights: Air Force SNCO graduates Chief Petty Officer Academy with honors

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U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy classmates pose for a group photo with Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Jason M. Vanderhaden at Petaluma, Calif., July 16, 2021. The academy teaches skills such as professionalism, self-awareness, leadership, communication and strategic thinking. (Courtesy Photograph by Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad, 35th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor, participates in an obstacle course at Petaluma, Calif., July 15, 2021. The U.S. Coast Guard Academy focuses heavily on teamwork and building students’ confidence through classroom and team-building activities. (Courtesy Photo by Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad)

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad and U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Andre Pinault pose for a photo at Petaluma, Calif., July 26, 2021. Mustafa received the Spirit of the Chief Award, the U.S. Coast Guard's equivalent to the John L. Levitow Award. In addition, he was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer (E-7) in the U.S. Coast Guard. (Courtesy Photograph by Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan --

A 35th Fighter Wing Airman earned the highest honors during his time at the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy while learning valuable skills that allowed him to grow as a leader.
 

Master Sgt. Amir Mustafa Hassan Awad, 35th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor, recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, Calif., earning top graduate for class 276, July 16, 2021.
 

The U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Academy is a six-week course which prepares newly advanced chief petty officers to become organizational leaders.
 

“Pushing MSgt Mustafa for the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy was a no-brainer,” said Chief Master Sgt. Shane A. Wagner, 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron superintendent. “Amir is an exceptional senior non-commissioned officer who consistently seeks development opportunities for not only Airmen but for members across all services. He understands the benefits of having a strong joint relationship and the capabilities each service brings to the fight.”
 

The Academy sharpens skills students need to be successful leaders and gives them a chance to network with their joint counterparts to learn what capabilities they bring to the fight.
 

“Professional development, learning leadership competencies, conflict management skills and the use of strong suits towards the mission were some of the things we learned at the course,” said Mustafa. “But being able to network was the biggest takeaway from the course. It allowed us to be able to learn new skills from each other and brought different perspectives to the table when completing activities.”
 

Mustafa earned the Spirit of the Chief Award, which is the U.S. Coast Guard equivalent to the John L. Levitow Award. In addition, he was named an honorary chief petty officer (E-7) in the U.S. Coast Guard.
 

“I am grateful for the leadership I had in the past, which ultimately helped in giving me the opportunity to attend this academy,” said Mustafa. “My goal after graduating is to not only share my experiences but to use the lessons taught at the academy to help my peers, build a better team and maximize the success of the mission.”