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Reservists talk with Air Force Reserve senior leaders July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, visited reservists at Beale during their July unit training assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

Reservists talk with Air Force Reserve senior leaders July 15, 2017, at Beale Air Force Base, California. Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Air Force Reserve Command commander and Chief of the Air Force Reserve, and Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, AFRC command chief, visited reservists at Beale during their July unit training assembly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tara R. Abrahams)

(Editor’s note: Gen. Maryanne Miller assumed command of Air Mobility Command on Sept. 7, becoming the first traditional Reservist to be promoted to four-star general and lead an Air Force major command outside of Air Force Reserve Command. She served as chief of Air Force Reserve and AFRC commander from July 2016 to September 2018.)

As our commander, General Miller was an amazing leader with a humble heart, who was always giving and always taking care of others. She was committed to us and enlisted force development. She didn’t just talk about changes in support of our enlisted force, she made changes.

Less than one year into her tenure, General Miller collaborated with our senior enlisted teams to take action supporting the enlisted force.

Among some of the changes implemented were the development of a standardized chief master sergeant selection process and the establishment of the Air Force Reserve Senior Enlisted Council and the first ever Enlisted Grades Council.

On January 24, 2017, General Miller signed the Air Force Reserve Policy on Chief Master Sergeant Positions. Since then our chief master sergeant vacancies are advertised through established processes outlined on myPers. This ensured every Airman has visibility and equal opportunity to compete for these positions.

Standardizing the hiring process gave selection panels clear guidelines on choosing the best leaders and provided transparency for every step of the process. Now all enlisted Airmen can begin to see their career development path, and mentors and supervisors can best educate Airmen on how they too can become senior enlisted Citizen Airmen.

This standardization was just one of many changes that improved the foundation of the enlisted force. Those improvements continued in April 2017 with the establishment of the Air Force Reserve Senior Enlisted Council. Because of General Miller’s revolutionary thinking, this council brought together chiefs from across the command, ensuring the members had a wide range of policy, operational and functional expertise.

This council is making a difference through open discussion, creating solutions for our enlisted members and their development. One of the council’s first achievements was to redefine the Whole Airman Concept, streamlining the focus on what we do and how we do it for all Reservists: civilians, traditional Reservists, Active Guard/Reserve members, individual mobilization augmentees and Air Reserve Technicians.

General Miller continued to keep the enlisted force at the fore front with the establishment of the Enlisted Grades Council in April of 2018. This council was created to support solutions of the Air Force Reserve Senior Enlisted Council and to apply those solutions to each enlisted grade, from airman basic to chief master sergeant. The Enlisted Grades Council is still in its infancy but has an established charter and business rules. There will be more to come from the Enlisted Grades Council.

General Miller was a strong supporter of enlisted developmental education. Because of her efforts, in -residence schools are overflowing with Reservists and we now have waiting lists for these courses.

Removing the requirement to complete Professional Military Education in correspondence prior to attending in-residence has increased the number of Reservists wanting to participate in in-residence courses.

Following a successful beta test, the Chief Master Sergeant Leadership Course was added to the Enlisted Developmental Education Board, making the course available to all chief master sergeants and senior master sergeants. We are currently revamping the Chief Master Sergeant Orientation Course and reviewing the curriculum. Both of these courses have waiting lists as well.

General Miller’s support and dedication to the enlisted force bettered our training and equipped us with the resources we need to be effective, providing a combat-ready force capable of fulfilling combatant commander requirements.

Thank you for all your mentorship, encouragement, support, knowledge and confidence in our enlisted Airmen. We salute you.