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YoL, Community of Practice up and running

The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Space command offers its Airmen and civilians new tools available to sharpen insight, broaden Air Force awareness, query and receive quick answers from decision-makers who make the Air Force way of life one that can be appreciated.

Now available to the military community is the AFSPC Year of Leadership Community of Practice Web site. This site is dedicated to information exchange and discussions on topics related to the command's YoL initiative.

"Fundamentally, leadership is a contact sport. It's a concerted effort to focus energy, resources, and decision making to execute the missions of the command. These are the fundamentals of leadership," said the architect behind the YoL initiative, Chief Master Sgt. Todd Small, AFSPC command chief.

The YoL Community of Practice highlights and emphasizes leadership attributes and traits, improves leadership focus, and enhances skills and increases interaction.

Features that allow this site to be successful include a discussion forum. The forum, named "Coaching Future Leaders" provides the opportunity for leaders to interact directly with Airmen and civilians within the command. It also quenches the thirst for answers to hard questions pertaining to everyday AFSPC life.

This by no means eliminates the chain of command, said AFSPC senior leadership. It should flatten the flow of information, making it easier to communicate up and down the chain.

Articles, videos and related Web sites are accessible through the CoP, as well as Department of Defense news and Air Force sites.

The CoP is listed on the AFSPC main page of Air Force Portal. To access the CoP, point browsers to You will be asked to update your user information and join the CoP.