Local

May 3, 2013

UDMs to ready warfighters

The additional duty of a unit deployment manager includes a variety of responsibilities. They can range from ensuring personnel and resources are prepared to deploy to acting as liaison between higher authority and deploying members.

Being responsible for a successful deployment for more than 100 members can be stressful and rewarding at the same time, said Staff Sgt. Magen Baker, 56th Comptroller Squadron budget analyst and 56th Fighter Wing Staff Agencies UDM.

“The key is to be flexible and manage your time wisely,” she said. “It’s challenging at times, but it allows me to be intimately involved with the Air Force mission and why we wear the uniform.”

Sometimes, the more someone has deployed in their Air Force career the better, said Tech Sgt. Scottie McCord, 56th FW Public Affairs photography NCO-in-charge and 56th FWSA UDM.

“I think my deployment experience will help me in being a great UDM,” he said. “I will also be able to provide insight to help deployers be more efficient and prepared at their deployed location.”

Completion of a three-day training course and computer based training is mandatory for all UDMs, but that’s not all they need to accomplish in order to get the job done.

“Much of the job is learned through on-the-job training along with trial and error,” Baker said. “The only way to learn UDM is to do it. There are so many gray areas and no amount of training can teach you everything you need to know.”

Making an effort to make a UDM’s job easier can in turn make the process smoother for the deploying member. Baker recommends following these steps to aid the efficiency of the process and speed its completion:

Be proactive

• Don’t wait until the last minute to complete mandatory training.

• Read and comprehend your reporting instructions and tasking letter.

• Keep all records current and updated.

Ask questions

These tips aren’t just for deployments. Temporary duty assignments also require members to be proactive, especially when it comes to passports Baker said.

“Passports are sent to the U.S. Department of State to be processed and we have no control over how long that process takes,” she said. “It’s important to apply for a passport as soon as you get a tasking letter if it is required. Failing to do so can prevent members from leaving on time.”

Luke Air Force Base hosts more than 4,830 military members meaning everyone from deploying personnel to unit deployment managers must be prepared at all times in order to accomplish the mission of training the world’s greatest F-16 fighter pilots while deploying mission-ready war fighters.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 

Fly, fight & win! Luke plays unique role in AF mission

The mission of the Air Force is to fly, fight and win. The Air Force’s “motto,” as it was originally called, was adopted October 2010. Capt. Gregroy Bollrud of Hurlburt Field Florida, wrote, “It succinctly captures what our Air Force has been renowned for ever since its creation in 1947. Also, the specific choice of...
 
 

Wingman for life

“I look after my wingman. He looks after me. We work together. We fight together.” — Col. Gabby Gabriski, WWII ace Having a wingman has been an essential part of combat flying since the beginning. A wingman is able to watch your “6,” provide support and can offer a different perspective on a situation. These...
 

 
141119-F-HT977-165

Chiefs announced

Senior master sergeants selected for promotion to chief master sergeant at Luke Air Force Base posed in front of the static F-16 Fighting Falcon in front of the wing headquarters building. They are, from left, Kelbey Norton, 56...
 
 

Enlisted promotion system changes continue

WASHINGTON — This January, changes to the Weighted Airman Promotion System will continue with adjustments to the scoring model for promotions to technical sergeant and below, all designed to help ensure job performance is the most important factor when evaluating and identifying Airmen for promotion. The current WAPS enlisted performance report calculation model for technical...
 
 

News Briefs November 21, 2014

Kachina Gate closure The Kachina Gate will be closed to inbound traffic Dec. 8 through 19 for gas valve repair. Outbound traffic will not be affected. For more information, call 623-856-7051. Kids cooking class Kids Kamp Cooking Class is 4 to 6 p.m. for ages 8 to 12 and 7 to 9 p.m. for ages...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin