Table of Contents. First Sergeant Responsibilities Recognition Programs Command Climate Communication Skills Counseling, Confrontation and Mediation Death and Command Responsibilities Formations and Ceremonies Family Care Program
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Table of Contents First Sergeant Responsibilities Recognition Programs Command Climate Communication Skills Counseling, Confrontation and Mediation Death and Command Responsibilities Formations and Ceremonies Family Care Program Intro to Manual for Courts Martial (MCM) Rights of the Accused Inspections Searches Apprehension Pretrial Restraint Introduction to Non-judicial Punishment (NJP) Article 15 Punishment and Commander’s Options Team Decision Case Studies Total Force Integration Deployment Tasking and Actions Full Range Leadership Model (FRLM) Force Management
First Sergeant Responsibilities
COGNITIVE SAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR: Explain the scope of authority delegated. Distinguish the types of duties first sergeants perform to meet their responsibilities. Explain the first sergeant’s role in the unit. Explain the enforceability of dress and personal appearance standards. Describe first sergeant’s role in enforcing standards. Explain uniform standards outlined in AFI 36-2903. Explain the unit commander’s responsibilities in the Dress and Appearance Program. Defend the intent of the USAF Fitness Program Explain the unit responsibilities in the USAF Fitness Program Demonstrate the effective use of administrative actions to support Airmen and the USAF Fitness program Predict how resources available will support the intent of the USAF Fitness Program
Overview MP1/Roles and Functions Source of Authority Supervisory Chain Roles and Responsibilities Staff Duties Additional Duties Resources You Are the Model • MP2/Dress & Appearance • Elements of Standards • Enforceability • Responsibilities • MP3/Fitness Program • Intent • Unit Responsibilities • Air Force Instruction • Nutritional Education
MP 1: Roles and Functions Extension of Commander’s Authority - First Sergeants derive our authority from the commander The first sergeant works directly for and derive their authority from the unit commander at home station, deployed commander when deployed, and serves as the commander’s critical link within the unit for all matters concerning enlisted members. (AFI 36-2113)
MP 1: Roles and Functions Reporting official AFI 36-2113, paragraph 10.3 First sergeant’s reporting official will be the unit commander or headquarters squadron section commander. The first sergeant will not be assigned to the unit section commander for rating purposes.
MP 1: Roles and Functions Primary Responsibility: - Provide and maintain mission ready force both at home station and in expeditionary environments AFI-2618 – At home station and in expeditionary environments, their primary responsibility is to build and maintain a mission-ready force to execute home station and expeditionary mission requirements.
MP 1: Roles and Functions Promotes health, morale, & welfare of enlisted personnel Examples: Annual Exams, Visit work center, visit Airmen in hospital/quarters Advises & assists the CC in maintaining discipline & standards Examples: Lead by example, Status of Discipline (SOD) meetings, Council Meetings
MP 1: Roles and Functions Assists CC with unit training & information programs Examples: Monitor sponsorship program, UDMs, CC Calls, staff meetings Supervise Care & Upkeep of Unit Dorm & Grounds Examples: Room Inspections, Tent Inspections Lets discuss some other responsibilities?
MP 1: Roles and Functions 75% of Air National Guard First Sergeant have a full time job. How does this effect the ability to respond 24/7? Only meet 2 days a month! Airman serving in different statuses – Technician, Active, Drill Status Guardsmen, Title 32 and Title 10.
MP 1: Roles and Functions AFRC members must be in status to conduct various operations and activities. How does this impact the first sergeant ability to perform? Wing has two UTAs a month, 2 days each! Airman serving in different statuses – Traditional Reservist, Air Reserve Technician, Individual Mobilization Augmentee, and Active Guard Reserve .
MP 1: Roles and Functions • What is SWOT? - Strength, Weakness, Opportunity & Threats • How to collect information on your unit: - Initial CC meeting - Sit-Down with Chief/Superintendent - Walk-about leadership in work centers
MP 1: Roles and Functions • Why would you use SWOT? - Explore opportunities to assist Amn - Determine where positive changes are possible - Give the new shirt a plan to move forward at changeover
MP 1: Roles and Functions High OPSTEMP What are the 2 things a 1st Sergeant will never say? I am finally caught up I’ve seen everything (CMSAF #5 Gaylor quote from Class 10-E)
MP 1: Roles and Functions Commander’s Support Staff Advise Assist Continuity book for additional duty First Sergeant
MP 1: Roles and Functions AFI 36-2113, paragraph 10.1 “First Sergeants must not be assigned duties other than those contained in their specialty description in AFECD - Air Force Enlisted Classification Directorate.”
MP 1: Roles and Functions Resources good to know: Key Spouse – Mandated for AD (recommended for ARC) at Wing level; unit program encouraged. Protocol - Not at every base, therefore it may be you. Resilience – The ability to withstand, recover, and grow in the face of stressors and changing demands. Resiliency can help manage stressful situations. Other Resources – Mental Health, HAWC, Chaplain, Yellow Ribbon, AFRC, MFLC, Supervisor etc.
MP 1: Roles and Functions Most valuable resource = PEOPLE
MP 1: Roles and Functions PEOPLE Includes FAMILY
MP 1: Roles and Functions What are some of the common challenges and adversities our Airmen Face?
MP 1: Roles and Functions TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! Set the example Volunteer Be visible Accessible Approachable “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care” - John C. Maxwell
MP 2: Dress and Appearance Neatness Cleanliness Safety Uniformity Military Image What element is most important?
MP 2: Dress and Appearance Mandatory Prohibitory Optional Making corrections?
MP 2: Dress and Appearance Commanders at various levels First Sergeant Supervisor Member
MP 3: Fitness “It is every Airman’s responsibility to maintain the standards set forth in this AFI 365 days a year.” – AFI 36-2905 “The Goal of the fitness program is to motivate all members to participate in a year-round physical conditioning program that emphasizes total fitness, to include proper aerobic conditioning, strength/flexibility training and healthy eating.” – AFI 36-2905 “Health benefits from an active lifestyle will increase productivity, optimize health, and decrease absenteeism while maintaining a higher level of READINESS.” – AFI 36-2905
MP 3: Fitness Installation CC • Executes and enforces the fitness program and ensures compliance with appropriate administrative action in cases of non-compliance. • Ensures commanders implement and maintain unit fitness programs. • Provide an environment that supports and motivates a healthy lifestyle through optimal fitness and nutrition. • ARC Wing CCs promote and support unit FP as mission requirements allow. Wing CCs will establish local policy for subordinate Unit CCs regarding use of duty time for physical training (PT) during unit training assemblies (UTA), annual tours (AT), and special tours.
MP 3: Fitness Unit CC • Execute and enforce the unit fitness program and ensures appropriate action is taken of non-compliance. • Provide a work environment that supports healthy lifestyle choices. • Encouraged to have a written policy that describes their Unit Fitness Program • Appoint Physical Training Leaders (PTL) and Unit Fitness Program Managers (UFPM) in writing • Will encourage members to participate in physical fitness training up to 90 minutes, 3 to 5 times per week and are encouraged to schedule or authorize training during duty hours • Submit Discharge or Retention packages for members who fail four FA’s consecutively or within 24 months.
MP3: Fitness First Sergeant • Work with PTLs and UFPMs to be aware of all member’s fitness levels, and advise Commander of negative quality force indicators • Be familiar with support agencies and resources that can assist Airmen on meeting the USAF fitness standards • Lead by example by participating in squadron PT functions, as well as some sort of self-directed fitness program • Brief unit leadership on possible trends affecting the mission • Know the AFI and advise leadership of the proper administrative actions
MP 3: Fitness • Exemptions are designed to categorize members as unable or unavailable to train or assess for a limited time period • Commanders may grant exemptions as outlined in AFI 36-2905, Table 4.3 • CATEGORIES • Composite Exemptions – Member is exempt from all components of the FA • Component Exemption – Member is exempt from one or more components of the FA, but will be assessed on the remaining components
MP 3: Fitness • Exemption greater than 30 days, including pregnancy, will refer to the EP/FPM or appropriate ancillary provider for exercise assessment, prescription and counseling, or rehabilitation program • Member is eligible for FA 42 days after expiration of physical limitation if greater than 30 days. (180 days for pregnancies) • Any member Exempt from a component and scores 90 or Above, still has to test every 6 month • Military provider must make final disposition for any physical limitation in cases where non-military providers are utilized • Must be current before deployment • Failure before deployment
MP 3: Fitness • Besides the HAWC where might you get nutritional information from? • Local gyms typically have nutritionists on staff • Healthy eating websites (i.e. choosemyplate.gov) • Comprehensive Airman Fitness • Physical Resilience Training • What are some general nutrition questions? • How many calories a day you should be consuming, based on your fitness goals? • Where those calories should come from? • What to look for when reading nutritional labels?
Summary • MP2/Dress & Appearance • Elements of Standards • Enforceability • Responsibilities • MP1/Roles and Functions • Source of Authority • Supervisory Chain • Roles and Responsibilities • Staff Duties • Additional Duties • Resources • You Are the Model • MP3/Fitness Program • Intent • Unit Responsibilities • Air Force Instruction • Nutritional Education
COGNITIVE SAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR: 1. Explain first sergeant responsibilities in Air Force awards/recognition programs 2. Explain the objective of the awards and decorations program 3. Explain reasons for denial or revocation of awards 4. Distinguish the appropriate level of recognition based on award criteria
OVERVIEW Objective and Recommendations Common Decorations Considerations for Decorations Awards Program Presentation
MP 1: OBJECTIVE OF ANDRECOMMENDATIONS FOR RECOGNITION Recognize personnel to foster morale, incentive, and esprit de corps Who deserves recognition Not for a token effort Service-Honorable
MP 1: OBJECTIVE OF ANDRECOMMENDATIONS FOR RECOGNITION “Diamond” Check Decorations Level of Responsibility Manner of Performance Other Recognition Whole Person Concept Performance clearly above peers
MP 2: DECORATIONS Decorations are awarded for: Outstanding achievement Heroism or acts of courage Meritorious service When: PCS/PCA/Retirement Extended Tour
Meritorious Service Medal Air Force Commendation Medal Air Force Achievement Medal Air Force Good Conduct Medal Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal Armed Forces Reserve Medal MP 2: COMMON DECORATIONS
MP 3: Considerations Denial Supervisor & CC (Décor 6) Good Conduct Medal (Memorandum) Disapprove or Downgrade Approval Authority Refusal Member elects not to wear Revocation Approval Authority
MP 4: AWARDS PROGRAMS 1st Sgt Involvement 12 Outstanding Airman of the Year Quarterly Annual Functional Other Awards Informal Unit-level Recognition
MP 5: PRESENTATION OF AWARDS/DECS Special Awards/Trophies/Gifts-Where can you get them? O&M Funds SM&W Funds Solicitation Legalities Ceremony Make it a big deal!!
Summary • Objective and Recommendations • Common Recognition • Considerations • Awards Program • Presentation
Command Climate Reference: AFDD 1-1, AFI 90-301 AFI 36-2706
COGNITIVE SAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR: 1. Explain the meaning of command climate. 2. Distinguish means available to gauge command climate. 3. Describe tools available to influence command climate. 4. Predict the outcome of positive command climate.
OVERVIEW Definition Assessing Command Climate Influencing Command Climate Benefits of a Healthy Command Climate
MP1--Definition Command climate is the culture of a unit. It is the way a unit conducts business. From the ‘Airman perspective,’ it is how they perceive the leadership, teamwork and communication of the unit and what professional opportunities they feel exist within the unit. AFDD 1-1 Leaders in command, set command climate. Leaders establish policies that foster a healthy command climate.