Command Chief's Column: Developing Air Force Leaders

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Nina Watkins
  • 927th Air Refueling Wing
To better prepare Airmen for the future, the Air Force Reserve Command is working a plan to deliberately develop Air Force leaders. This involves Development Teams looking at your job experiences, combined with education and training opportunities.

In late August, the AFRC held its first Chiefs Development Team to review personnel data and provide career advice in a "vector" or what's needed for development. The Chiefs DT was the first time the vectors were based on enlisted rank. Future plans are to have DTs in descending order to staff sergeant.

For the Chiefs DT, all Chiefs throughout the command had the opportunity to submit a Reserve-Enlisted Development Plan listing their career goals/desires, potential assignments/locations and development options. The DT members scored candidates for key positions like Command Chief and developmental education through the Senior Enlisted Developmental Education Board. This scoring will be a consideration during the first SEDEB in October 2010.

While submitting an R-EDP is voluntary, I strongly encourage participation when the opportunity is presented to you. Now is the time to make sure your records are up-to-date: review your Data Verification Brief, make sure your EPRs are in your record, review your duty history and ensure it is correct, ensure your education is updated (CCAF degree is expected of all enlisted Airmen), and last but not least, ensure you have a current and passing fitness score in your record.

The bottom line is this: great opportunities await you - take an active role in your career for growth and development.