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Coffee Talk with NCOs

FEBRUARY 2019

Action Items:

  • Super Bowl Late Reporting: NCOs asked for late reporting after the SuperBowl.  No issues.  (OPR: CC)
  • Morale patches on OCPs: We see some other folks doing this, so we need to figure out if this is going to be a new offering or do we need to proceed with our own policy.  (OPR:  MSG)

     

    Informational Items:

  • Updates: Gave updates on the waivers in coordination, the off-base apartment situation, the new concealed carry policy on base, Rent CafĂ©, the Welcome Center, the Golf Course closure.
  • SNCOs to Wing Stand Up: SNCOs are invited to the 8:45 a.m. Wing Stand Up.  This is good development and helps us understand how we work together as a wing.
  • BBC’s Snow Removal Plan: Discussed Balfour Beatty Community’s snow removal plans and we referred base residents to the Residents Council as an option to directly as BBC questions like this.
  • Potholes: The 90th Civil Engineer Squadron has a plan to address this and will execute before June.

 

NOVEMBER 2019

Action items:

  • After-hours light signals: Is it possible to consider changing the after-hours yellow and red combination lights at the intersection of Old Glory and Missile Drive to Red and Red (4 way stop)?  There’s been a couple of close calls.  It would be appreciated if ground safety took a look at this; more than one person has witnessed this situation. (OPR:  SE)
  • Peak hour gate traffic: Would it be possible to use some type of augmentee during peak hours at the gates to expedite traffic entry?  This has been used at Peterson AFB and Bolling, but not here.  The chiefs will discuss this with the shirts. (OPR:  CCC)

Informational items:

  • 24/7 Pool access: How is the 24/7 pool access going? It is up at 20 AF.  Some folks are not happy with this direction, but it may be worth it as a fitness option for our AD Airmen.
  • Speed cameras: Asked about the speed cameras in housing.  They are enthusiastically in favor of them.  It would be good to get this program up and running.
  • Parking: Asked about covered parking. This is unlikely, but if it is possible, it will be through a troop training project.  It is highly unlikely to get MILCON for a parking garage.
  • Gate 5: Asked that, since SFS has gone to 12s, is it possible to extend Gate 5 hours from 6 to 6? Good idea, but first need to concentrate on getting Gate 1 open for peak hours in the morning and evening.
  • Resiliency Day: This is the shortened version of this long discussion: Those who put in effort and didn’t read a script got results and buy-in; those who did read from a script and didn’t put in any effort wasted a day.  Many felt the day was useful.  There’s several folks in every group that thought the day was useless.  It was asked what they were going to do to fix it.  Not the answer they wanted, but frankly, everyone is in this together and complainers waste time.  NCOs and honestly all supervisors are expected to be engaged and getting this moving in the right direction when things are off.  Commanders know another resiliency day (or whatever you want to call it) is expected before the end of next March.  It is expected unit commanders will get help from leadership at every level. Airmen, Active Duty, Civilian and Contractors alike, deserve it.  Chief Bettisworth did a pretty amazing job explaining to folks that there’s people sitting in their car before work, just wondering if it is worth it to come into work.  It’s up to the whole team to make sure they want to open that door and walk inside.
  • MXG Cold Weather gear:  Folks said they couldn’t get cold weather gear for their troops.  Chief Frizzo had this misperception fixed quickly, and is clearing up the misunderstanding.  It was just a GPC issue.  Thanks Chief! 

 

SEPTEMBER 2019

Action Items:

  • LaunchWERX Outreach:  NCOs feel LaunchWERX is not reaching the target audience. How does this info continue to get out better? Public Affairs is already working with LaunchWERX on their stories, but this needs to be kept as an active engagement plan. People need to be educated on its mission and resources. (OPR: PA and LaunchWERX)
  • NCO-tier Mentorship:  Folks were incredibly interested in NCO-tier development/mentoring opportunities, specifically speed mentoring sessions with SNCOs. (OPR: CCC)
  • Resiliency Day Feedback: NCOs were interested in the feedback from Resiliency Day and wondered if there are plans to have more resiliency events or days throughout the year. The wing is crushing it, so it is okay to take a knee. Looking at doing it semi-annually (at a minimum). (OPR: CC and CCC)
  • Unite Funds:  One thing an NCO brought up was how effective Unite funds are. Need to get a handout of what the funds can do per person. (OPR: MSG)
  • Semi-Annual Heritage Events:  NCOs raved about the heritage visit to Wright Patterson AFB. This will be continued on a semi-annual basis. (OPR: DS and HO).

Informational Items:

  • Gate Feedback: 90th Security Forces Group has been outstanding to make the gate change happen, especially Gate 5 access. Initial Gate 2 feedback was mixed, but it is trending positive. The change provided the base with an opportunity to get the Greenway linked to base and open for pedestrians. Southbound I-25 speed is concerning when turning onto the base access off-ramp. Looking to reduce the highway speed. Currently partnering with Wyoming Department of Transportation to put in traffic lights before the winter months.
  • Basic Allowance for Housing Issues: One misconception regarding BAH is it has dropped hundreds each year. BAH levels have stayed the same over last three years (O3E, TSgt, MSgt being exception). However, housing costs and availability are an issue. The BAH survey will be opened longer during PCS-intensive seasons and include other zip code regions.
  • Housing (On- and Off-base) Concerns: New inbound personnel are not being provided with enough information to make good housing choices. Military Housing Office is available to work with members to find off-base leasing solutions for those awaiting base housing. MHO can also help negotiate other rental limitations i.e. pets. The initiative for off-base privatized housing focused on 2x Senior Airman BAH levels and needs, but not seeing a lot of progress. Currently working with military affairs on civil community solutions, and hoping this gets unstuck soon.
  • Conceal Carry:  NCOs asked how the decision for conceal carry is going. The decision is being vetted right now.
  • Officer Training School Application Advice:  The most important letter in the package is the supervisors recommendation stating why the Airman would be a good officer, how the Airman would positively impact the Air Force, etc.

 

JULY 2019

Action Items:

  • SIACs: Please confirm the number of SIACs that are broken and the number that are on backorder. WAY FORWARD: MXG was able to determine two SIACs were burned out while 4 more were taken down, so the oil can be replaced.  At this time, 4 are on backorder.  CLOSED.
  • Airmen’s Shadow Program: Folks asked if about starting up an officer and an enlisted shadow program.  The shadow program for enlisted should include junior NCOs and Airmen…for officers, CGOs.  WAY FORWARD: Chief Bettisworth has the enlisted shadow program ready to execute. The CGOC mentor will bring along ideas to the CGOC meeting next month. OPEN and in the works.
  • MAFs/LFs/LCCs Tours: Non-missile field dispatch personnel would like the opportunity to go to the field.  WAY FORWARD: There are “Open House” type opportunities with OG and MXG from time to time. This will be formalized through PA and one of the OG units. CLOSED
  • Resiliency: What is the vision for MRTs? Chief Bettisworth has already set up a meeting with the MRT, NCOIC to get questions and provide a vector prior to discussion in the CAT/CAB.  OPEN.
  • Speeding: There is a vehicle speeding problem.  Every single person gave a personal story regarding speeding. Piute Street, in particular, was brought up.  Maybe more patrols or a temp speed bump is the near term solution, but this isn’t just about enforcement. It’s also about education, prevention, and early engineering. Ground Safety take the lead on this, and work closely with PA, SFS, and CE on a comprehensive program to address the issue.  WAY FORWARD: From the enforcement perspective, LIDAR training was recently held for patrolmen, and the 90 SFS will review the targeted deterrence schedule for sufficiency.  OPEN and being addressed through traffic management.
  • Apiaries: Looking to add a collection of beehives on base. The person who asked the question was connected with the Conservation POC in CE.  OPEN.  This is moving forward along with a community garden project. Great idea!