1. Interim Security Clearances (OPR: DOS / IP) – Much like all new AF personnel, clearances can take quite a while. I was surprised to hear that waivers for some clearances (like Secret) were not being used. We will have IP remind commanders when interim clearances can and should be used. Chief McCoy and I explained why clearances are taking so long and what we are doing to prioritize clearances and mitigate gaps.
2. Training Days (SFG / MSG) – Both SFG and FSS folks would like more structure and substance to their training days. They are hungry for more! I’d like SFG and FSS to take a look at their training days and ensure we are being productive.
“The FSS incorporated our Airmen’s feedback to refine the Missile Chef Airmen’s training plan. This truly was a team effort amongst the Airmen assigned to MAFFO. Missile chefs provided direct input of tasks and events via an idea challenge while a Tiger Team consisting of missile chef airmen formed a structured training plan. The Tiger Team incorporated the ideas submitted by their peers along with section chief training requirements to formulate an overall training plan. Airmen will rotate to another section within the FSS for familiarization and training at least once a month in addition to tasks and training accomplished at MAFFO. Leadership, along with the Tiger Team, will continue to manage the training plan to ensure it is sustainable while ensuring Airmen’s time is used appropriately to accomplish training and tasks.
Here’s some more details. Our chefs were asked by their section leadership to provide their top ideas of things they would like to accomplish on MAFFO days in addition to what leadership identifies as necessary training for MAFFO days. Subsequently, a Tiger Team consisting of 4 NCOs and 7 Airmen were asked to form a structure plan to incorporate the ideas submitted by their peers into a training schedule. The Tiger Team in conjunction with the section leadership created their training plan which was also reviewed by the Squadron Superintendent and Commander.
Chefs may average anywhere from 2-4 MAFFO days per month. In most instances, the chefs work the following schedule: 4x days tripped out, 3x days protected time off and 2x days MAFFO days and then they repeat. Sometimes they may have an additional day off between MAFFO days and tripping out, but it varies depending on peoples leave schedules, TDY, code change, etc.
MAFFO days are more than just “training” days. Lt Col Ramirez actually pushed for the term MAFFO Day vice ‘training day’ to give greater flexibility to the section to manage the time. A big reason for MAFFO Day is it provides Airmen dedicated white space to accomplish tasks that we don’t want them to have to use their protected days off to accomplish. MAFFO Days will include tasks such as: ancillary training, PT, inventory & accounting training / remedial training, CDCs, medical appointments, general housekeeping tasks at MAFFO, home station readiness training (Warrior Day type events) and other appointments/tasks that cannot be accomplished while in the field/tripped-out. Additionally, based on the chef inputs, MAFFO Days will also incorporate some type of team building/morale event.
The secondary part is getting Airmen out to other sections for familiarization and training. The goal is that at least 1x of the MAFFO days per month, the Airmen will rotate for the day to either: DFAC, Fitness, Readiness or Community Services. Chefs will accomplish an AAR to capture pros/cons to the training and ensure the training was viewed as valuable by the Chef. Activities must use the CFETP in the Chef’s training folder to document the tasks started/trained.
This is vitally important and something we will continue to manage and finesse based on manning and training requirements. Additionally, this puts a sustainable plan in place and helps ensure we don’t run out of steam after 6 months. In order to be sustainable, it will continue to evolve…we’ll never get to ‘perfect’ fix, but we will continue to manage to ensure we are actively engaging and utilizing our Airmen’s time appropriately. “
3. Chef rotations (MSG) – Chefs would like to be considered for rotation to other FSS jobs. Many have been in the field for years. They asked if they could do rotations to other FSS sections on their training days to learn more about their jobs…holy cow…they really want to grow! We owe it to our Airmen to deliberately develop them. The Chief and I want to know more about the Services Airmen rotation plan and challenges. Let’s discuss concurrently with the training day discussion.
4. Dorm 838 (CCC / SFG / MSG / MDG) – Dorm residents brought up concerns about the conditions in Bldg. 838. I’ll ask Chief Bettisworth to reach out to the groups and get the right folks together to check this out. I’ll walk through the hallways this weekend and report what I find.
5. AGE (MXG) – MXG troops believe we should turn our AGE over to the Guard or contract it out. I’ve heard this before, but we really haven’t come to a solution. I’d like the MXG’s thoughts on this. Awaiting MXG recommendation.
6. Loan Repayment Program (MSG) – We were asked if we can bring back the loan repayment program. MSG, I apologize if this belongs to CPTS. The education office might be able to help us understand what that program was and why it went away. This might be something we don’t have control over, but we would like to get more information on the status of the program.