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Force Development: Vital to Mighty Ninety success

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  • By Chief Master Sgt. Jimmy Williams
  • 90th Mission Support Group
The mission statement for the Mighty Ninety is "provide preeminent combat capability across the spectrum of conflict." Wouldn't it be impossible to achieve this if you didn't bring your "A" game each day? Bringing your "A" game is more than daily mission accomplishment! It encompasses outstanding daily performance, adherence to all standards, ethical behavior and developing your team. The key to it all is force development.

Outstanding daily performance requires technical competence and adherence to our Air Force Core Values. It's not good enough to just read the book; these values are the framework for everything we do and therefore must be embraced by all of us. We owe this level of dedication to our Air Force Global Strike Command leaders and to our Air Force. If you look at the definitions of "Integrity First," "Service Before Self" and "Excellence in All We Do," you can tie a direct connection to what you do every day. Your daily conduct on-and off-duty has mission impact. Professional and un-professional relationships also have an impact on the mission. If you haven't looked at "the little blue-book" lately, pull it out and refresh your knowledge of our core value definitions. Share your knowledge of these definitions with your team. That is an important aspect of development.

Developing rising Airmen to take your place is an inherent responsibility for all of us regardless of rank or position. Training our replacements is the only way to assure continual mission success. The Enlisted Force Structure Air Force Innitiative 36-2618, lays out all of our responsibilities related for force development. The "little brown-book" is a very important tool. I like to refer to it often when discussing career development and progression with enlisted team members. This book defines expectations for all enlisted grades. It not only mandates general responsibilities for each of the three enlisted force structure tiers, it provides specific responsibilities depending upon your rank. It talks about subjects such as being a wingman, being a knowledge-enabled Airman and being ready to deploy.

These are only two of several sources that can be used while developing your team members. I also use tools such as Air Force Pamphlet 36-2241, Professional Development Guide and various AFIs and seminars to build professional competence. We are fortunate here to have great enlisted professional development seminars. These seminars are provided for all enlisted levels. I have had the opportunity to be a part of these, and I'm very impressed with the information and tools provided.

Our future mission success relies on us being the best developed force possible!