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The challenge to change

Lt. Col. Trevor Rosenberg, Profession of Arms Center of Excellence instructor, teaches "Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital" on Nov. 29, 2016, at March Air Reserve Base, California. The day-long course focuses on self-reflection as pathway to becoming better in all aspects of personal and professional life. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal Housman)

Lt. Col. Trevor Rosenberg, Profession of Arms Center of Excellence instructor, teaches "Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital" on Nov. 29, 2016, at March Air Reserve Base, California. The day-long course focuses on self-reflection as pathway to becoming better in all aspects of personal and professional life. (Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Crystal Housman)

March Air Reserve Base --

Lt. Col. Trevor Rosenberg is on a mission to make the Air Force better, and he’s starting with its people.

Rosenberg, an instructor from the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, spoke Nov. 29 to a crowd, including 15 NCOs and officers from the 163d Attack Wing and 147th Combat Communications Squadron, at the 452nd Operations Group building at March Air Reserve Base, California, while presenting the PACE course entitled “Professionalism: Enhancing Human Capital.”

“It’s about bringing a better version of ourselves at home and at work,” Rosenberg said. “It’s about understanding biases, understanding communication, and being a better professional.”

The day-long course, which was sponsored by the 452nd Air Mobility Wing and the March Field Chief’s Group, focused on self-reflection as a pathway to becoming better people in all aspects of life. 

With a passion in his voice as he paced across the floor, Rosenberg covered topics such as the attributes and dangers of personal bias, effective communication techniques, how power changes relationships, developing healthy relationships at work and at home, and mandate verses organic leadership.

“Truths that are universal resonate,” Rosenberg said. “It doesn’t matter what you call it, they’re human truths.”

“It connects with our heart when we’re willing to listen and that’s what drives us to change in our lives,” he said.

“I hope to share those things because they’re core to what I believe.”

The last hour of the day began with additional self reflection as students were asked to think about three questions: Did something speak to you? What did it say? And lastly, What are you going to do about it?

“If we’re willing to listen,” Rosenberg said,” the light goes on for all of us.”

He is one of six PACE instructors for the program and has delivered its message nearly 80 times at units across the U.S., and in Europe and Asia. Every presentation is different, Rosenberg said.

“I learn things every time I teach this,” he said. “I’m grateful that we’re able to have the dialogue for a conversation like this and that people will take it and keep it going.”

He challenges his students to ask themselves what they are going to do and leave with a willingness to change. It will help them individually, and the Air Force as a whole, he said.

“If we bring a better version of ourselves,” Rosenberg said, “we can be more effective at being the greatest Air Force in the world.”