Commentary

June 27, 2014

Make time for Airmen, NCOs

Senior Master Sgt. DONNIE BROWN and Master Sgt. RENEE HUGGINS
56th Force Support Squadron

We are all very busy these days. Our force is shrinking but our mission stays the same. I often hear people complain that they just do not have enough time. Two things leaders at all levels need to make time for are our Airmen and junior NCOs.

Leaders are often stretched so thin that they neglect to ensure Airmen uphold the standards. They let the little things like proper wear of the uniform slide and use the excuse that they are too overworked to justify not taking the proper time to guide Airmen to do the right thing.

Leaders often issue quick verbal counseling when it is more appropriate to write a Letter of Counseling. If leaders do not take time to help mentor young Airmen in the beginning, they end up spending an enormous amount of time later dealing with extensive disciplinary issues. Those disciplinary issues often affect the entire unit and cause Airmen, who are doing the right thing, to work harder to accomplish the mission.

Sometimes leaders also fail to spend time to guide NCOs through supervisory challenges. They must make time to teach NCOs how to be successful and to effectively groom Airmen for success. If leaders take time out of their busy schedules to give NCOs advice and support, they will then be able to better care for their Airmen. If Airmen are better taken care of, leaders will have more time to focus on completing the mission.

I am not foolish enough to believe the above theory will always be successful. There are Airmen in the Air Force that are unwilling to help themselves. No matter how hard their leaders try, they lack motivation. But, leaders have an obligation to maintain standards, hold people accountable and provide Airmen the tools and resources to ensure mission effectiveness and accomplishment, regardless of how busy they may be. This will ensure that they can continue to make time for what is important — Airmen.




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


 
 

 

Resource management — Doing more with less

Since I joined the Air Force in 1992, our manpower and resources have been gradually reduced with no obvious change to the mission we support. While this has been labeled “doing more with less,” I don’t believe we’re truly doing any more than we did when I entered the military 22 years ago. We seem...
 
 

Situational awareness

Throughout my career, the importance of situational awareness has been driven into my head. This became exceedingly clear to me when I landed in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. It was March 17, 2003, about 48 hours until Operation Iraqi Freedom kicked off. We were busy building tents, making bunkers and preparing to execute the mission. Doing...
 
 

Chaplain’s thoughts …

There are times in our lives which are marked by a flash of inspiration. Some coincidental event takes place that brings new insight or understanding. One such event happened for me this past fall at the funeral Mass of one of Luke’s longtime friends, Katie Gillen. Miss Katie served as our base librarian for many...
 

 
Kingdom_Hearts_II_(PS2)

Fly Over: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ and ‘Coaching Bad′

For Play Station II: ‘Kingdom Hearts II’ “Kingdom Hearts II” was released in 2005 for the Play Station 2 gaming console. The game is the sequel to “Kingdom Hearts” but the third in the series published by Square Eni...
 
 

Don’t get ‘Promotion Remorse’

The day I closed on my first house, my realtor and I did a final walk through to ensure there were no last-minute issues that needed addressing. Since I was a first-time home buyer, I didn’t know what to look for, so I finished my walk-through in 20 minutes. My realtor insisted on staying to...
 
 

Keep military records in check

A common issue we see at the 56th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section is that our military customers wait until the last minute to check their records. This can become an issue that can cause hardship on the member when it comes to promotion boards, permanent changes of station, retirement and separation. One scenario...
 




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