Robert B. Bland has graduated from Airman Leadership School at Charleston Air Force Base, SC, and was promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.
The five-week course is designed to train senior airmen to understand their positions in the Air Force organizational structure, leadership, communications skills, and profession of arms, which are needed for professional development to be effective noncommissioned officers. Airmen are prepared and better equipped to serve as supervisors, managers and rating officials as they progress in their enlisted military careers.
The school is the first of three levels of professional military education programs used to develop and cultivate leadership and supervisory skills, and is a required course for airmen to complete prior to being promoted to the rank of staff sergeant.
Bland is an air transportation journeyman assigned to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron.
He is the son of Robert B. Bland of Excelsior Street and Susan C. Jones of Leach Road, Espyville, Pa. In 1993, he graduated from Carrick High School, Pittsburgh, and received an associate degree in 1995 from Pittsburgh Technical Institute.