With the recent release of the Air Force Reserve Command E8/E9 Command Key Personnel List and the AFRC Chief Screening Board results, this is a perfect time to expand on my second line of effort I discussed in a previous Citizen Airman commentary: Deliberate talent management.
The second half of fiscal year 2019 was extremely challenging due to fiscal constraints. As a result, the boss and I instituted a strategic force development pause which limited several enlisted developmental opportunities.
We took advantage of the pause by completely revamping the officer and enlisted courses offered by the AFRC Professional Development Center. With Col. Harold Linnean at the PDC helm and Chief Master Sgt. Conrad Dawes by his side, we focused our sights on the squadron and wing/group commander courses, along with the chief orientation course. And the feedback has been outstanding!
After personally observing the new chief orientation course, I can attest the PDC is now delivering course content in a manner that allows senior enlisted leaders to better interpret the National Defense Strategy at the strategic level, explain it at the operational level and execute it at the tactical level. We are extremely proud of the combined efforts of the entire PDC team.
I'm also extremely excited about the momentum of the Air Force Reserve Chief's Group. Located within the Pentagon, Chief Master Sgt. Jim Loper has taken the helm, and man ... we are cooking with grease!
The Chief's Group is building on the foundation Chief Master Sgts. Conaway, Herman and Shaw framed, and we are finally executing the vision of deliberate enlisted development and talent management.
We've instituted a full-court press with the Senior Leader Career Management System that will assist us in placing the right faces in the right places. The numbered Air Force chiefs recently pushed out an all-call for chiefs to update their information in the SLCMS. If you haven't updated yours already, please do so soon. As we move forward, SLCMS will be the one-stop shop for opportunities across the enterprise.
Similar to the revamp of our Chief Orientation Course, we are looking to revamp our Senior Noncommissioned Officer Leadership Development Course. The course will probably take a knee March 1 through the remainder of the fiscal year so we can overhaul and update course content.
We aim to ensure facilitators and content are delivering the most current relevant leadership curricula. Once up and running, I'm confident the feedback will mirror that received about the Chief Orientation Course revamp.
I've also held a series of conversations with my good friends, Chief Master Sgt. Ron Anderson, command chief of the Air National Guard, and Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel, command chief of Air Education and Training Command, about increased professional military education flexibility. We haven't worked out all the kinks, but I am excited about the increased flexibility options potential changes will provide.
Lastly, we are in the process of re-centering our developmental team efforts by decoupling the Reserve Enlisted Development Plan requirement for Enlisted Development Education Board course consideration, and combining the R-EDP process with the Reserve Command Chief Screening Board.
We are looking at decoupling the command E8/E9 developmental team to ensure equal emphasis is placed on functional developmental teams, as with the command developmental team. Our functional managers at AFRC headquarters are the best the Air Force has to offer, and I am in awe of the dedication and commitment they have for their functional communities; and the rock-star Air Reserve Personnel Center force development team is streamlining the entire application process to give back time to our Airmen.
All of these changes are designed to do one thing - develop resilient leaders. Although it may sound like my focus is on the senior enlisted members, my true focus is on the development of Airmen and the junior NCO corps. The more resilient and equipped our senior enlisted leaders are, the more Airmen we grow, develop and retain. That's what really matters.
The boss and I are extremely excited about these and other changes on the horizon, so please stay tuned for more information as changes are implemented. As always, I am honored to serve as your command chief. Please feel free to share your suggestions or concerns with me at AFRC.CCC@us.af.mil.