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Coffee Talk with First Sergeants and Chiefs

OCTOBER

Action Items:

  • Separation Delays:  Some packages are taking extremely long to process. The Judge Advocate General discussed this topic during the last Status of Discipline meeting. The data does not support that our process is slow, but we did see some outliers. The time was generally increased because of the time between discovery and offering which is controlled by the unit. (OPR: JA…CLOSED)
  • No Hat/No Salute Policy Changes:  We discussed the issue, but no consensus was reached. The 90th Missile Wing Command Chief will discuss with first shirts and chiefs to provide a recommendation. (OPR: CCC)
  • Youth Center Capacity Issues:  Are the Youth Center capacity issues rooted in building limitations or because of staff limitations? The 90th Force Support Squadron will research the answer. (OPR: MSG)
  • AAFES Stocking Women’s Clothing:  AAFES was not properly stocking women’s clothing items, particularly mess and maternity uniforms. Here is the updated from AAFES:
    • First Maternity Uniforms. The F.E. Warren AFB military clothing Sales is only authorized to stock try-ons, given the small population. The manager always tries to get an extra for emergencies, but, the fact of the matter is that, we can forecast this clothing item. Good news, operational camouflage pattern maternity try-ons should be here in a month.
    • Women’s Mess Dress Uniforms. The MCS manager told us that the main accounting system failed to add women’s mess dress uniforms and blues jackets as automatic replacement items after the annual inventory. The manager took some leave and came back to empty shelves. She is custom ordering anything she can to expedite the process but expects the replenishment to occur in a few weeks. The computer error has been corrected. (OPR: CC…CLOSED)
  • Dorm Ghosting:  Discussed issue with the first shirts. The crux of the matter is two-fold. First, do we need to have basic allowance for housing for ranks from E1 to E4 approved at the O-6 level or can we get that down to the squadron? Second, if our Airmen are already taking the financial plunge by living on the economy, should we just start paying them BAH and move the rooms to those incoming bodies that need them. Maybe our concept of dormitory living is not right anymore. During the conversation with the chiefs, our amazing chiefs asked to take this one on. (OPR: CCC)
  • Exercise Child Care:  The chiefs asked during next two-week exercise, what is the child care situation looking like? The 90th Missions Support Group will answer. (OPR: MSG)
  • AFSC Cross Pollination:  The Chiefs also brought up an Air Force Specialty Code cross pollination program. The 90th Civil Engineer Squadron does an effective exchange program across workcenters with senior noncommissioned officers. The chiefs would like to make this a wing-level program. (OPR: CCC)
  • ALS Deferment:  The chiefs also took on deferments for professional military education, particularly Airman Leadership School. The command chief mentioned the waiver and deferment authority rests with the wing commander. We all think it belongs at the squadron level. (OPR:  CCC)

Informational Items:

  • Open Housing for Unaccompanied Airmen:  We shared the idea to open up the Doll Houses for unaccompanied housing, maybe roommates. We are not ready to pull the trigger with Balfour Beauty Communities yet to ensure we give ample opportunity to incoming families. More to follow on this one.
  • Gate 2 Update:  Nothing new here. Temporary lights will be up within a few months, then permanent ones the following year.
  • Failure to Adapt Time:  The request to change the criteria for discharging Amn that are not adapting to military service within 6 months was not going to be considered. Essentially, U.S. Air Force feels the failure to adapt rationale as the easy button, particularly after our Airmen arrive at their duty station. We should be vested in our Airmen’s wellbeing and looking to address issues as quickly as possible. This may be difficult at times, even if the individual is on the glide slope out of the Air Force but remember we also build better citizens.
  • Open Communication Model:  The chiefs and first shirts said they like the new open communication model. It seems to have filtered down to the squadrons and, at the unit level, the Airmen appreciate your leadership and interactions. We are counting on you to make a difference for our Airmen.
  • LRS Rocks:  We talked about our AWESOME 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron shop during a discussion on the vehicle fleet. It was unanimous…LRS rocks.
  • Dorm Quarterly Inspections:  The command chief reminded first sergeants to get into the dorms and ensure we are conducting quarterly unannounced inspections.
  • Reducing Additional Duty Requirements:  The command chief is working on reducing out of hide positions in the wing.  90 FSS will reduce the number active duty honor guard requirement by 13 and use National Guard augmentation. Smart and well done, 90 FSS. Please keep these ideas coming.
  • DFAC Thanksgiving Meal:  We discussed the difficulties getting our population to the dining facility when they have a shift work We all need to put some brain power behind, “How do we get our Airmen engaged?” We would love to hear your thoughts.

JULY

Action Items:

1.       "Failure to Adapt." Can we extend the time frame for “Failure to Adapt” to either 180 days from arrival on station or one year?  Great question…Let’s take this on from two fronts.  JA will look into this, and it will be discussed at the Wing Commanders’ Conference with CSAF.

2.       Dorm 838.  There was a suggestion to switch MSG and SFG dorms to ensure defenders had more than one kitchen to cook on, but there may be another way to address the problem.  Dorm 838 was brought up during the Airmen’s Coffee, so this suggestion will be added to those concerns. 

3.       OG compound. OG would like a project to house all things OG under one roof.  The OG Superintendent and CE can get together on this one and see what kind of design has potential.

4.       SFG would like a parking structure.  Parking garages are low on the MILCON list, but there may be potential with HESCOs as troop training projects with RHS units to get after some of this.  SFG can work with CE on this.

5.       Urinalysis Monitors.  Every unit is going to have folks trained to do monitor duty. A tasker has been sent out to put together a group of certified personnel who can assist with unit-wide urinalysis sweeps.

 

Good information:

1.      Resiliency Day. Check out the Facebook Live from 14 Aug to hear Colonel Bonetti’s and Chief Bettisworth’s thoughts on this important topic.

2.      The Experimental Wing Concept. No major changes to the missile wing structure per AFGSC.

3.      Professional Organizations within groups. It has been brought up that Airmen are not joining wing-wide groups because they are already involved within their Groups and Squadrons. It's all about the name.  Consider calling it a booster club vs “Top 3" / "Top 4".  The result is promotion of wing professional development organizations to inspire cross talk.

4.      Housing Complaints. There were more complaints about Balfour Beatty to include an absence of maintenance for housing, multiple people responding multiple times to fix issues. More information about the Military Housing Organization and the Complaint Resolution Process will be pushed out by Public Affairs. Also, a letter is heading to residents soon.  Folks should not be signing that they are satisfied with tasks if the task isn’t complete.  Own that.  AF-wide, we all need to be demanding customers to our contractors, but we have some responsibilities here to communicate what’s wrong and our level of satisfaction.  Download the housing maintenance app located here.