Citizen Airman/Oct. 2014 --
In General Jackson's commentary, he addresses the strategic agility of the force. I want to share how my team and I are pursuing strategic matters affecting our enlisted force, specifically within my three focus areas: team unity, team opportunities and team wellness. Building on our foundation of leadership and core values, these focus areas aim to improve our overall mission effectiveness.
My first focus area, team unity, is about integration and the mission. To promote this, the Chief's Advisory Council was created. The council is made up of the numbered air force command chiefs and senior enlisted leaders in key and strategic positions throughout the command. We meet regularly to discuss issues that affect our enlisted Citizen Airmen. Topics we are currently working include codifying the enlisted promotion instruction and improving the structure of the development and training flights.
Initiatives in my second focus area, team opportunities, center on the force development of our enlisted members. The development team process has been revamped to ensure transparent and diversified representation on team panels. In addition, we are utilizing YouTube and Facebook to educate members on force development topics. These links are available on my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CMSgtKirksey
). Adopting the philosophy of life-long learning and developing our Airmen improves the adaptability of the force.
Team wellness is my third focus area and embraces you, our Citizen Airmen. Improvements have been made to the Wingman Toolkit (afrc.wingmantoolkit.org
) to capture available resources for our Airmen. Targeted promotion of the Yellow Ribbon program has yielded an increase in resource providers, as well as deployer and family attendance. Additionally, the Airman Comprehensive Assessment feedback process was introduced in July and facilitates greater morale, productivity and communication between supervisors and subordinates. Building these relationships that foster professionalism and respect for one another enhances team wellness and mission effectiveness.
Finally, the success of our future force depends heavily on our ability to live by our core values. Integrity, service before self and excellence in all we do are not just words to remember when in uniform but are fundamental values to guide our everyday lives. They are the foundation of who we are and are always a focus of mine and should be of yours, too.
Our enlisted team is 55,000 strong and the backbone of our great Air Force Reserve. I am truly honored to be on this team of talented, innovative Citizen Airmen. I'm proud of the Chief's Advisory Council because it gives your senior enlisted leadership an opportunity to say, "We're here for you!"