Chief's Corner - week of July 9
By Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, 50th Space Wing command chief
/ Published July 02, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Performance, Performance, Performance
Have you hear the Air Force is changing the Enlisted Evaluation System and the Weighted Airman Promotion System? These changes are a fundamental shift in how we capture and document an Enlisted Airman's performance and how that record history will be used in the promotion process. I hope many of you had the opportunity to attend the Air Force Personnel Center's EES Roadshow briefings June 22 and 23, the information about and explanation of the new programs was great. The three main points I took away from the briefings were: The new evaluation system will emphasize and recognize performance first and foremost; the new EES combined with the WAPS changes will ensure the system will promote the right people, at the right time; and that the new programs will recognize performance as the number one factor when selecting Airmen for promotion. Performance matters.
In addition to placing more emphases on performance rather than longevity and aptitude for promotion, the new EES and WAPS will help to cure the "Firewall 5" inflation syndrome we have experienced the past 15-20 years. The new EES forms 910 and 911 will enable supervisors and commanders to more accurately document an Airman's performance without fear of damaging that Airman's career progression. The performance assessment of the rater will be "decoupled" from the promotion recommendation of the commander. This will allow an honest, accurate and meaningful evaluation of the ratee's performance. Performance matters.
So how do we define performance? Is it your technical skills, how well you can do your job, how much experience you have in a mission area? Is it how many private organizations you belong to or if you have a leadership position with them? Do you support base functions and the local community? What about education, are you expanding your knowledge to be a better Airman, leader and citizen? The fact is, that all these things are performance factors. First and most important is our ability to execute the mission. If an Airman in any rank, position or Air Force Specialty Code can't execute their mission nothing else matters. Air Force Instruction 36-2618, The Enlisted Force Structure, states that every Airman, Non-commissioned officer and Senior NCO must, "Accept and execute all duties, instructions, responsibilities, and lawful orders in a timely and efficient manner. Complete assigned tasks and accomplish the mission." This is the core of our enlisted force responsibilities. As important as the mission execution is, we are a professional enlisted force with the need to grow and develop the enlisted leaders (who will one day become civilian leaders) of the future. So in addition to executing the mission, all Airmen must, "Continue professional development through on and off-duty education. Join professional organizations and participate in organization and community events through volunteerism." This is how we grow and why, regardless of how many years you have or plan to wear the uniform, while you do, the Air Force is not a job, it's a way of life. Performance matters.
Our EES and WAPS systems are changing, for the better, but what defines an Airman's performance and expectations is not. Every Airman must be an expert at accomplishing and executing the mission and needs to be an active and visible member of base and in the local community.