By Tech. Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
The 50th Space Wing command chief hosted an enlisted call at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, April 11.
Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna highlighted the importance of the wing mission and vision as well as talked about current enlisted issues, such as evaluations, Enlisted Force Distribution Panel, professional military education among others.
“This is our enlisted call, yours and mine,” said Bentivegna, as he addressed the enlisted population. “I want to make sure this is worth your while. There are a lot of changes going on in the Air Force that we want to talk about.”
The chief began by elaborating on why the wing recently changed its mission to “Commanding space and cyber systems to deliver global combat effects.” He also explained the importance of the new wing vision of “Evolving the force, driving innovation and mastering space.”
“When you go home and visit your friends and family, you should be able to tell them that what you do in the United States Air Force and what you do in the 50th Space Wing impacts the world,” he said. “When you think about the systems and other capabilities that are projected from this base, you touch a lot of people. A lot of people rely on us and I want you to make sure you never forget that.”
Bentivegna also encouraged the Airmen to get familiar with Air Force Instruction 36-2406, Officer and Enlisted Evaluations System, since the Air Force instituted several changes since November 2015. One of these changes is the Airman Comprehensive Assessment.
According to AFI 36-2406, “ACA is a formal communication between a rater and ratee to communicate responsibility, accountability, Air Force culture, an Airman’s critical role in support of the mission, individual readiness, and performance feedback on expectations regarding duty performance and how well the ratee is meeting those expectations to include information to assist the ratee in achieving success.”
“The old system is dead. We have got to change the culture for our Airmen,” Bentivegna said. “And the ACA is the foundation for that.”
The chief also elaborated further on evaluation and promotion changes, including the mandatory requirements to be promoted to master and senior master sergeants, promotion statements on the new evaluations forms, fitness and stratification among others.
“Performance matters,” he foot-stamped.
The enlisted call also explained the Enlisted Force Distribution Panel process. Team 5-0 conducted its first ever Force Distribution Board Jan. 12, 2016, for technical sergeants. The process was one of the latest significant changes to the Enlisted Evaluation and Weighted Airman Promotion Systems since the transformation began last summer.
Bentivegna explained EFDP is the process to identify the top two promotion recommendations — Promote Now and Must Promote — from the commander. It gives recipients of such ratings a distinct advantage toward promotion.
“However, just because you got ‘Promote Now’ and ‘Must Promote,’ it doesn’t mean that it is definite you’ll get promoted. You still have a responsibility to study and take the test,” he reiterated. “The same thing with those who got ‘Promote’ recommendations. You can still get promoted if you put in time and effort.”
Prior to the EFDP process, commanders must review the Airmen’s Quality Force review, Personnel Information File, Air Force Fitness Management System as well as discussions with supervisors and rating chain. During the EFDP process, however, commanders only review the draft and up to three current rank EPRs, career brief and an optional note addressing the Airmen’s unit stratification.
Another major topic the chief discussed was the enlisted professional military education, specifically, the NCO Academy and Senior NCO Academy Distance Learning, otherwise known as Course 15 and 14, respectively.
“This is extremely important,” Bentivegna said.
He said failure to complete the course by the initial suspense date, which is one year from the notification date from Air Force Personnel Center, will render Airmen ineligible to reenlist, extend or promote until the requirement is met.
Bentivegna concluded by highlighting the importance of the Air Force core values and thanking the Airmen for attending the enlisted call.
“This is not a job. Being here is a way of life, whether you do it for four years or 10 years. As long as you wear this uniform, this is the way of life for us, and that’s my expectation for all of you. Excellence is not a perfection, integrity is not a sainthood and selflessness doesn’t mean you don’t matter,” the chief said.