Air Force

August 8, 2014

People First – August 8, 2014

Editor’s Note: The “People First” section is compiled from information from the Air Force Personnel Center, TRICARE, 56th Force Support Squadron, Airman and Family Readiness Flight, Veterans Affairs, the civilian personnel office and armed forces news services. For the complete story, go to the web address listed at the end of the story.

CSAF: A call to excellence for all Airmen

In his latest Airman-to-Airman message, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III urged the men and woman of the Air Force to challenge themselves to be better at what they do.

Welsh said the message, part of an ongoing video series aimed at engaging Airmen throughout the Air Force, was inspired by an email he received from an Airman at Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho.

“Airman 1st Class Devin Nothstine asked me to challenge you to be better than you think you can be; I think that’s a fantastic approach to our mission as the United States Air Force,” Welsh said.

The chief of staff went on to encourage all Airmen, including himself, to accept Nothstine’s challenge.

“I’ll start by trying to become a better chief of staff of the Air Force and being a better person myself,” Welsh said.

 

Force shaping board reduces numbers

Force shaping boards convened July 14 with 980 eligible officers (first lieutenant through captain) across 13 Air Force specialty codes. The total target for these boards is now reduced to 214. These numbers represent significant reductions from the last matrices posted in May, which showed 1,858 eligible officers with a target of more than 342. Original published numbers in January showed more the 4,600 eligible officers with involuntary targets at more than 1,100. The Air Force Personnel Center will provide commanders the FSB results for their Airmen in late August. Officers not selected for retention will separate by Dec. 31.

The officer RIF board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center in early October. Revised RIF matrices for Line of the Air Force, Line of the Air Force Judge Advocate General and Health Professions were posted to myPers last week and included significant reductions in the number of officers eligible for the RIF and the number of losses needed through a RIF. The total target for these boards is now reduced to 468 with approximately 2,800 eligible.

 

Culture change: Aviation safety in healthcare

The Air Combat Command Surgeon General’s office pioneered a program bringing operational risk management and flightline safety procedures into hospitals and dental squadrons across the Air Force.

Brig. Gen. Daniel Wyman, the ACC Surgeon General and a team of ACC aerospace physiologists, well-versed in operational risk management and medical risks of flight procedures, have introduced flightline processes that will unify procedures inside Air Force operating rooms across the globe.

The program focuses on several key concepts of aviation safety including standardization, team-based accountability, and mishap investigations. The concepts are being adapted from the principles of operational risk management. This enables Air Force members in the medical field to determine the best course of action for any given situation.

The goals of the enhancements are to preserve patient health and enhance mission effectiveness at all levels while preserving assets.

The procedures also aim to minimize the risks that come with working in medical facilities that judiciously use the best current evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients to prevent mistakes or infections.

 

Officials announce new CMSgt EPR form test

Air Force leaders will test the newly developed AF Form 912, Enlisted Performance Report, during the calendar year 2014 Regular Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Screening Board, which convenes at the Pentagon in September, Air Force Personnel Center officials said.Development of a chief master sergeant evaluation form is one of many Air Force Enlisted Evaluation System and promotion process changes slated to be implemented in several stages for RegAF over the next 18 months and for the Air Reserve Components over the next 30 months, officials announced July 31. The EES and enlisted promotion overhaul is focused primarily on ensuring that top performers are recognized and selected for promotion. “This chief evaluation form is currently for testing purposes only,” said Will Brown, Air Force Evaluation and Recognition Programs Branch chief. “The form is posted on ePublishing right now for accessibility and for use as a test form for the upcoming command chief screening board. The forms used for the CCM board, however, will not be maintained in Airman’s official military personnel record.”During this test phase, the form will be used only for RegAF chiefs whose senior raters are submitting them for command chief consideration.




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