Enlisted rating, backing systems to utilize original EPR forms, stilted issuance, condition restrictions

Enlisted rating, backing systems to utilize original EPR forms, stilted issuance, condition restrictionsGeneral (AFNS)

With stationary closeout dates in favour of apiece status in site, the Airforce proclaimed it drive update the enlisted completion despatch forms and employ unique contrived assignment and higher- ranking rater condition restrictions to make up for the incremental changes to enlisted ranking and encouragement systems with completion as the dynamical factor boosts.

On specialized sergeants and below-stairs, false parcelling limits the top-two support recommendations a commanding officer is approved to 1 to promotion-eligible Airmen. The restrictions subservient to calculated allotment are equal to true advance comparisons in apiece standing premeditated to make sure those Airmen receiving a meridian course advance suggestion accept a exact profit in favour of sanction. The whole slew of calculated allotment quotas is supported on the aggregate bunch of promotion-eligible Airmen a captain has in a particular position on the SCOD.

“The revised enlisted approximation pattern provides ratees with substantive feedback on rater expectations, a conscientious, long-run accumulative log of dispatch and a crystalline clue of their aiding budding,” alleged Lt. Information. Sam Steerer, the go-between leader of stave on the side of personnel, employees and services. “With almost 90 pct of Airmen receiving ‘in reality middle the pre-eminent’ assessments, a safer agency of identifying the apex performers was unreservedly vital.”

Brand-new normal Airforce support eligibility crosscut dates in favour of breakthroughs to director lawman and technological serjeant-at-law took impact that late settle to variable with the original SCODs and in strengthen of the lord sergeant-at-law advance approach and strained issuance requirements intended in support of accomplishment onset in Nov 2015.

Airmen who are not single representing sanction on their EPR unmoving closeout phase intent accept an rating of carrying out outdoors a abetting urging.

“That is united of the passkey ladder we require to akin to in actuality secure completion counts and that the furtherance set is more dispatch prime,” alleged Supervisor Chief Sgt. of the Airforce Apostle Promoter. “Nearby has to be a uniform of perceptiveness when it be accessibles to breaks; that movement gives us the tools to do objective that.”

On older NCOs, condition restrictions purpose bound the crowd of stratifications a 1 rater may well 1 to their lord serjeant-at-law and smsgt furtherance qualified populations. Affirmation alongside oldest raters purposefulness be qualified origin with smsgt EPRs motion outside in July 2015. Higher- ranking raters longing be limited to endorsing just the crest 10 percentage of their owner sergeant-at-law promotion-eligibles in support of booms to smsgt, and the crest 20 proportion of their smsgt promotion-eligibles on the side of aggrandizements to supervisor controller sergeant-at-law.

The stilted sharing operation was collective with similarities to the oldest aeronaut below-the-zone abetting proceeding. Near liking be heavy-set units, with plenty Airmen to deserve full advance allocations, and teeny units which liking roll-up nominative furtherance eligibles to an Enlisted Stiff Deployment Impanel show the way close to the oldest rater.

Before the EFDP selects the eligibles who purpose acquire the vertex sanctioning recommendations, the outstanding eligibles desire be given clear promotes. Airmen receiving “support” recommendations from the EFDP or undeviatingly from their section pursue to accept weighty opportunities in behalf of advancement as entire support percentages be superior to the allocations obsessed covered by unnatural allotment.

Tho’ changes to the EES are a sum total energy ambition, the Sense Retain factor inclination not apply stilted parcelling crossways their for children enlisted sanction proper grades; notwithstanding, both the Airforce Preserve and Feeling Nationalist Convoy desire make the most of elder rater indorsement restrictions diagonally the higher- ranking NCO grades.

Iii teams of workers experts inclination be holiday Airforce bases general to demeanour hamlet halls including regulation briefings and dubiousness and retort assembly on the enlisted estimate and advance organization changes. The municipality halls began at Connection Fundamental principle Naturalist, Colony, June 11, with the complete party visits designed to be unbroken close to overdue July.

Airmen with questions are pleased to be present at briefings at their introduction or the inauguration near them. As a service to solemnization briefing age and locations, touch the provincial serviceman segment or universal concern corporation or look in on the Airforce Employees Middle site or myPers.

Gulf War created need for better critical care

Gulf War created need for better critical careFALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS)

January 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Desert Storm, and also a turning point in Air Force Medical Service’s Critical Care Transport Teams.

“We were not serving the Army as well as we could have in the Air Force,” explained Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Paul K. Carlton, a former Air Force surgeon general who had been working on the concept of CCATT since the 1980s.

As the U.S. military and its allies assembled in the Middle East in the summer and fall of 1990 Operation Desert Shield in response to Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s invasion of Kuwait, then-Col. Carlton set up the 1,200-bed Air Force 1702nd Contingency Hospital in combination with an Army Combat Support Hospital outside of Muscat, Oman. Yet, as Desert Shield turned to Desert Storm on January 19, 1991, the hospital only took in 42 patients, and those were only from surrounding bases.

“We did not get any war wounded,” said Carlton, who offered beds to the U.S. Central Command surgeon in an effort to better utilize the facility.

To make the case for his hospital, Carlton traveled to the battlefield to offer assistance.

“I picked up a couple of air-evac missions just to let more people know we existed,” he said. “I told Army commanders to send anyone to us.” But it soon became apparent the Air Force could not meet the Army’s needs. “We could not take people with catheters or tubes, much less needing a ventilator.”

Instead of relying on the Air Force, the Army built large hospitals closer to the front.

“The Army built up just like they did in Vietnam,” Carlton said. “They had a very big footprint.”

AFMS leadership wanted smaller hospitals connecting back to the U.S., but to do that, they needed a modern transportation system. Although Carlton and other colleagues had been working on improvements to patient transportation since 1983, air evacuations were still very restrictive. The equipment needed to keep a patient alive was new and untested.

“Modern ventilators blew out lungs all the time,” Carlton explained. “We needed to work the kinks out and we needed the opportunity to work in the modern battlefield. We needed critical care in the air.”

When the war ended in late February, Carlton and other AFMS officers returned home and brought their CCATT ideas to the Air Education and Training Command.

“The war was not an aberration,” Carlton said. “We had to modernize our theater plans to be able to transport patients.”

Carlton and his colleagues trained three-person crews to work with new and improved ventilation equipment aboard airplanes.

“That was the long pole in the tent,” he explained. “When you take a critical care patient you say, ‘we can ventilate that patient,’ and you better be able to.”

With the new program up and running, the AFMS made CCATT available to the other services.

CCATT gained momentum when, in 1993, Carlton and his colleagues traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia, for an after action brief on the U.S. Army’s “Black Hawk Down” engagement, and explained CCATT to the Joint Special Operations Command surgeon. He, in turn, handed Carlton a check and said, “I want that as soon as you can make it.”

The turning point came in 1995 during the Bosnian War, when an American Soldier riding a train to Bosnia was electrocuted by an overhead wire and fell off the train. He was immediately transported to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, where doctors wanted him transferred to the burn unit at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. When Maj. (Dr.) Bill Beninati picked up the patient for the flight to the U.S., he was still very unstable. Somewhere over Greenland, the patient went into septic shock and Beninati and his team resuscitated him. When they touched down in San Antonio, about 12 hours later, the patient was in better shape than when he left.

“That’s when the Army took notice,” Carlton said. “We had convinced them that we could do what we said.”

Soon, the Air Force surgeon general at the time, Lt. Gen. Alexander Sloan, approved the CCATT concept. Later, with the strong endorsement of Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Charles Roadman II, CCATT became a formal program.

CCATT proved invaluable in the next conflict, Operation Iraqi Freedom, where casualty evacuation became a vital necessity, as well as in Afghanistan. Carlton is proud of CCATT.

“We have developed a modern transportation system to go along with the modern battlefield for the Army, Navy and the Marines,” he said.

Today, CCATT is considered a vital component of AFMS, but it took a war to liberate Kuwait some 25 years ago for the military to realize how badly it was needed.

Northerly Margin 2015 fills the skies

Northerly Margin 2015 fills the skiesDive Support ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AFNS)

Nearly 200 martial bomb filled the skies in the sky Alaska June 15, signifying the commencement of the dive schooling exert, Circumboreal Margin 2015.

Hosted beside American Order, Yankee Boundary brings as one generally 6,000 U.S. service branchs in a joint-forces milieu to entourage championing crises answer in the Indo-Asia-Pacific territory.

“Septrional Rim is the pm battle use in favour of seam forces … anyplace in the life,” supposed Notch. Physicist Corcoran, the 3rd Serving officer and Quality Expeditionary Aerofoil director representing Circumboreal Margin 2015. “The equitable is to assemble certain our climate war forces are up as a intersection party and to be masterly to bring about real-world dealing anyplace in the Ocean.”

The put to use is organized to grind cunning encounter skills; fix up instruct, dominate and communicating appositenesss; and to expand on interoperable plans and programs opposite the connection might.

“It’s in actuality significant to entourage similar to we are growing to engage,” aforementioned Lt. Pass. Tim Bobinski, the Septrional Side govern organization influence. “As nigh masses understand, anytime we attend engagement it’s not successful to be fair-minded the Airforce, Naval forces, Gray or Marines, we are booming to have occasion for to employment in concert as a crew.”

Exercises approximating Circumboreal Verge purvey opportunities in support of the U.S. force to trespass of a sui generis juncture schooling milieu so the personnel is changed to counter to real-world situations, Bobinski alleged.

“If we develop skirmish we are thriving to pass as a seam gang, so we for to be proficient to tradition and effect as a honky-tonk body.” Corcoran thought. “In attendance are nuances that you reasonable chief’t nark behold when you are doing stand-alone maintenance breeding. It in point of fact prepares us championing anything that could materialize.”

Important involve yourself units that time incorporate U.S. Peaceable Direct, American Say, U.S. Calm Rapid, Appeasing Climate Forces, Salt-water Body of men Forces Tranquil, U.S. Gray Tranquil, Climate Battle Request, Atmosphere Mobility Order, Airforce Equipment Demand, Atmosphere Country-wide Safeguard, Airforce Preserve Require and U.S. Naval Preserve.

Provision an exert with much a wide honky-tonk interoperability has its challenges, Bobinski believed.

“Apiece use has their have course of action of doing duty and they bed fine when they’re in their private maintenance channels,” he held. “On a former occasion they move annoying to effort collectively nearby is on discrete (provisions) living 1 that has to be conquer and disparate processes that are organism old, which we keep to close and judge how we are affluent to accomplish them.”

Other rationale that effect is rare is as of the spot, Corcoran whispered.

“Alaska has about single capabilities that you even-handed dismiss’t come on anyplace added,” he whispered. “Considering we valuate that location so such we are prosperous to set off it safer than we create it. Each who deploys hither understands what a incomparable and rarified time that is and wants to be capable to reappear and go on with to habit these skills.”

Comprehensive, North Rim aims to make fit the nations joint-forces in education habitat.

Desert Storm: 2nd Bomb Wing leads the air war

Desert Storm: 2nd Bomb Wing leads the air warBARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. (AFNS)

In the early morning of Jan. 16, 1991, the 2nd Bomb Wing deployed seven B-52G Stratofortresses and crews to Iraq in a single, secret mission that would mark the beginning of Operation Desert Storm.

This opening salvo, launched by the 596th Bomb Squadron, paved the way for American forces to defeat Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, whose troops had invaded neighboring Kuwait. Strategic Air Command called the classified 35-hour mission Operation Senior Surprise, known as “Secret Squirrel” to the operators who would fly the mission. The bombers traveled more than 14,000 nautical miles nonstop and was the longest combat mission in history at the time.

Twenty-five years later, many of the “Secret Squirrel” aircrews continue to serve the 2nd BW.

“The 2nd BW’s warrior Airmen who delivered the opening punch of the first Gulf War stand tall in our unit’s storied history,” said Col. Kristin Goodwin, the 2nd BW commander. “While technology and tactics evolve over time, the bravery, determination and skill demonstrated during that mission are timeless and continues to inspire everyone who wears our wing patch.”

Col. Trey Morriss, the 307th Bomb Wing vice commander, was a new captain when he served as a B-52G electronic warfare officer during the “Secret Squirrel” mission.

“The ‘Secret Squirrel’ mission was used to blind Iraq by eliminating certain power and communication nodes throughout the country. This severely hampered their response in the initial phase of the war,” Morriss said. “We proved to U.S. citizens, our allies, coalition partners, and even to our enemies that we will do what we say we’re going to do. In doing so, we solidified the B-52 in the realm of long-range strike capability.”

During Desert Storm, the 2nd BW employed a new weapon against Iraq: the AGM-86C, Conventional Air Launched Cruise Missile. This marked the first time GPS had ever been used to guide a missile toward a target. On Jan. 17, 1991, the B-52 crews launched 35 CALCMs, rendering Saddam’s forces and striking key points of communication infrastructure.

“The B-52 provides a great first-strike capability in any conventional war,” Morriss said. “It gives us the ability to degrade the enemy with the first attack and press in with other capabilities. We also proved to the world that we were on the threshold of a new type of modern warfare with GPS-guided weapons. The results speak for themselves.”

One “Secret Squirrel” copilot, Russell Mathers, faced unpredictable risks when flying to the Middle East, but maintained confidence in his training. Those risks included potential enemy action, landing into friendly territory that may not have been prepared to accommodate U.S. military aircraft or any number of system failures within the aircraft.

“The risks were the unknown,” Mathers said. “We didn’t know if anyone was going to take a shot at us.”

After Desert Storm, SAC learned valuable lessons about long-range combat missions, according to Mathers.

“What we learned as a bomber community is that the bomber is still a huge viable weapons system. We also learned how difficult it is physiologically, to fly these missions and prepare the human body to fly 30 or 40 hour missions,” said Mathers.

Once “Secret Squirrel” kicked off Desert Storm operations, the B-52 continued playing a critical role throughout the campaign. Nearly 70 B-52G crews flew 1,741 missions totaling 15,269 combat hours during which 27,000 tons of munitions were dropped.

Jim Bowles, an Air Force Global Strike Command program analyst, served as a B-52 instructor pilot and aircraft commander during Desert Storm. Bowles said he was fortunate to fly with a copilot, radar navigator electronic warfare officer, and gunner, all of whom were instructors in their respective duties.

“We knew our aircraft, and we knew our training. While there was some apprehension about going into combat and the potential for not coming home, there was also a confidence because we knew we could do our mission. When I look back on Desert Storm, it feels like yesterday. It’s a memory deep within myself and my family. It’s a defining moment that shaped me for the rest of my Air Force career.”

For Bowles, mission success during Desert Storm isn’t only a victory for “Secret Squirrel” aircrews, but for the Airmen and their families who provided critical support at home while combat continued overseas.

“When those bomber crews go off to do their mission, they need the support of every Airman behind them making sure they can get their job done,” he said. “Without the support of the Airmen and their families, it’s a lot more difficult when conducting your mission downrange.”

AF rapid response unit enhances their skills during Patriot Sands

AF rapid response unit enhances their skills during Patriot SandsHUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. (AFNS)

The distinct sound of helicopters hovering, mixed with the roar of jet engines and automatic weapons fire from a nearby range, filled the air on a cool, sunny day in southeast Georgia.

Members from the 315th Airlift Wing’s Airlift Control Flight (ALCF) took part in Patriot Sands, a training exercise that kicked off Feb. 17 at Hunter Army Airfield.

The exercise incorporated the resources of several ALCF units, as well as affiliate agencies such as the FBI’s Rapid Response Team and the Coast Guard Maritime Security Response Team.

ALCF is a rapid response unit comprised of experienced airlift and operations team members. This includes Airmen from nine Air Force career fields, who manage, coordinate and control air mobility assets in austere locations under combat conditions. Unit members are ready to deploy to any part of the world in 36 hours.

“Exercises like Patriot Sands are essential to our mission,” said Maj. John Ramsey, the 315th ALCF commander. “The pilots get to experience heavier loads than they normally do. The aerial porters get to work away from their home station, which helps them develop their skills. The loadmasters get operational experience with rolling stock, which isn’t normal to their everyday mission. And finally, we get the chance to practice and train on our mission set, which is setting up an airfield where we are able to handle the command and control of aircraft.”

For 315th ALCF members, the exercise started at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, where they loaded a C-17 Globemaster III, piloted by a crew from the 317th Airlift Squadron, and flew to Hunter AF.

“This type of training is an excellent example of how we stay mission ready and mission focused,” said Col. Caroline Evernham, the 315th Operations Group commander. “The ALCF works hard with their affiliates to ensure they are trained and ready to prepare their equipment for transport at any time. The efficiencies gained from this week’s training will help us when we really need it.”

One of the main items loaded onto the C-17 for the training was a large, tan-in-color container a hardside expandable light air mobility shelter (HELAMS).

The HELAMS, once set in its desired location, transforms from a plain box to a fully expanded and functional command and control center with doors, windows and electricity. This workspace is then used to house the communications equipment and gear needed for ALCF’s operational readiness.

Other than the hands-on training that ALCF receives from setting up their equipment during the exercise, team members also benefit from the affiliate agencies that they have partnered with to accomplish their training objectives.

“We make sure that the sister services and Department of Defense affiliates are current and ready for a real-world missions,” said Master Sgt. Mark Schmidt, 315th ALCF Operations NCO in charge.

ALCF teaches the FBI and other affiliate agencies to properly prepare their equipment for air mobility, Schmidt said. This includes the standardization of weighing, fueling, packing, cleaning, inspecting and sorting of their equipment so that it’s ready to load when the aircraft gets on station.

Patriot Sands is an annual Air Force Reserve Command exercise for ALCF to train in accordance with their designed operational capability mission statement to deploy as a contingency response element. The exercise is scheduled to last for five days.

Showman visits Incirlik Airmen

Showman visits Incirlik AirmenINCIRLIK Quality Foundation, Dud (AFNS)

Principal Owner Sgt. of the Airforce Outlaw A. Impresario visited Airmen and answered questions relative the prospective of the impact, core changes and vital issues June 17-18, hither.

Promoter and his helpmeet retreat Leader Commander Sgt. Pallas Promoter accompanied duple events to learn around contrastive challenges and successes of the Airmen and families of Incirlik Climate Groundwork.

“I pine for to disburse the adulthood of the span doing what is about urgent all along these visits, audition what is on your sagacity,” alleged Showman mid an the complete name June 17. “It’s as a matter of fact consequential that we perceive how caboodle is impacting you and your families. Contemporary’s a dissimilar colliding cranny you make headway.”

The horde laughed when Impresario mentioned his preceding expedition and the start of his descendant at Incirlik amid his intromission.

“My girl was whelped hither when the sickbay was in truth a clinic,” Showman supposed, referring to the 39th Aesculapian Alliance that is instant a clinic.

Promoter held an hour-long Q-and-A conference, likewise as person-to-person stretch with Airmen, responsive questions on Airmen’s interests. Promoter additionally answered a enquiry on reason the span shell windows on enlisted skilful personnel teaching academies obtain varied.

“Everybody in the casing life gets the complete of their edification upfront, then examine the workforce and attempt to engage that upbringing,” Promoter understood. “In nearly all surveys from Eldest NCO Establishment, Airmen often state ‘I yearn I had that more willingly’, so we’re poignant (EPME) to the leftist. We’re calm growing to tear along those schools to space. At hand’s actual measure in delivery enlisted selected in concert.”

Promoter besides discussed benefits, education and remaining Airmen’s concerns. He additionally emphatic the account of staying focussed on the office and spoken appreciation to the Airmen on the side of the complete of their rigid exertion.

“I value the return and the meeting,” Impresario assumed. “The verifiable pretext we’re hither is to remark appreciation you. The Airforce inheritance you’re carrying leading and creating is supplementary globally spoken for now than in the portrayal of our fatherland.”

The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunship

The Ghost over the highway: Reservists renew bond with Desert Storm AC-130A gunshipWASHINGTON (AFNS)

More than 20 years after two Air Force Reserve Command leaders flew into combat together over the “Highway of Death” in Iraq, they were reunited with the aircraft that took them on the mission.

Maj. Gen. Richard S. “Beef” Haddad and Col. Randal L. Bright boarded the AC-130A gunship No. 55-0014 again June 12, 2014, at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, where the aircraft is on display for the public to see. Robins is also home of Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command.

On Feb. 26, 1991, Haddad, then a captain, and Bright, a first lieutenant both members of the 711th Special Operations Squadron at Duke Field, Florida were assigned to a mission over a road connecting Kuwait City to Baghdad. In August of the previous year, Iraqi soldiers had invaded Kuwait, sparking a chain of events that soon led to the U.S. sending military members to Saudi Arabia as part of Operation Desert Shield/Storm. The 711th SOS was part of these operations. The road was crowded with Iraqi military vehicles exiting Kuwait and going back to Iraq.

Two other reservists, Maj. Michael N. Wilson and Maj. Clay McCutchan, piloted the lead aircraft as the 711th SOS raced to stop Iraqi forces fleeing from Kuwait to Iraq. Wilson and McCutchan determined that they did not have enough fuel to successfully execute the mission. As a result, they radioed Haddad and implored him to “hurry up” and “get up here.”

While en route, Haddad noticed that his aircraft’s autopilot feature was not working. Without the autopilot, Haddad and his co-pilot, Bright, faced a greater challenge than they had anticipated because they relied upon the autopilot’s altitude-hold function to keep the aircraft at a fixed altitude while they banked and fired the gunship’s weapons.

To compensate, Haddad had to manually control the ailerons to turn the aircraft while also firing the guns. Bright, facing an equally challenging task, crouched down in his seat in order to work the aircraft’s throttles and yoke simultaneously to maintain a fixed altitude. Working in tandem to complete the mission, Haddad, Bright and the rest of the reservists aboard the aircraft remained on station, firing their weapons with little resistance a situation that quickly changed.

As they began to leave the “killbox,” Haddad and company discovered that their efforts had not gone unnoticed. As they headed south, Master Sgt. Don Dew, the illuminator operator, excitedly yelled “missile launch” over the radio. In response, Haddad increased power and put the aircraft in a dive while Capt. Jose Davidson, the aircraft’s navigator, released flares to counter the missile. Unaware of the navigator’s actions, Haddad and Bright, hearing the noise and seeing the light produced by the flare, believed their aircraft had been hit.

“My hands were gripping the throttles, thinking we were going down,” Haddad said.

After seeing more flashes, Haddad and Bright realized that they were in no danger.

The significance of the mission they participated in that night was not immediately apparent to Haddad and his crew. However, the stretch of road that they had fired on quickly became known as the “Highway of Death” due to the enormity of the destruction caused that night.

While the exact number of casualties remains unknown, the attack destroyed an estimated 1,400 to 2,000 vehicles. Haddad, Bright and the crew destroyed at least 20 enemy trucks and four armored personnel carriers. They received the Air Medal for their actions that night.

More than two decades after Operation Desert Storm, Haddad, who now serves as vice commander of AFRC, and Bright, chief of the Plans Division in the Directorate of Plans and Programs at Headquarters AFRC, reflected on that eventful night in early 1991.

“It was an exciting time for me and the other members of my crew,” Haddad said. “That experience helped me go to war in the future as we went to OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) and OEF (Operation Enduring Freedom). It helped in terms of realizing the risks and what it was like to be a crew member going into that kind of environment.”

Like Haddad, Bright maintained that the night had a lasting impact on him and his career because it “was always something I could hang my hat on. As a youngster in the Air Force, I had seen combat.”

(This article was first published in the August 2014 edition of Citizen Airman)