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First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby Atlas D MMT on Tue Feb 24, 2015 2:41 am

by Capt. Eydie Sakura
90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
2/23/2015 - F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. -- Culture change throughout 20th Air Force is becoming more apparent at the three missile wings at F.E. Warren, Minot AFB, North Dakota, and Malmstrom AFB, Montana. Col. Jay Folds, Task Force 214 and 20th AF director of operations, was the first colonel since the mid-1990s to pull alert at a launch control center Feb. 19 in the missile fields near Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The catalyst behind this initiative is Air Force Global Strike Command's Force Improvement Program, an aggressive grass-roots feedback program designed to quickly provide senior Air Force leaders with actionable recommendations for improvement by conducting one-on-one interviews and surveys with Airmen.

"This is a culture change that's long over-due," Folds said. "[It's where] leaders lead the mission from the front, not from behind a desk. Colonels, lieutenant colonels and majors must be in the field leading and being the example of operational excellence in order to build our warrior ethos; they must be in the field coaching, training and mentoring future leaders."

Folds said it was awesome to be back to working the tactical mission, something he hadn't done since he was a squadron commander at Minot AFB, North Dakota, in 2012.

"This is where the mission happens--in our missile fields, where our 45 launch control centers and our 450 launch facilities are located--where, every hour of every day, great Americans deter our enemies and adversaries and assure our allies of our unwavering resolve," he said.

Folds worked with 2nd Lt. Caryn Morales, 320th Missile Squadron deputy missile combat crew commander, who has 85 alerts under her belt.

"This is a great opportunity for crew members to work alongside our leadership, while at the same time being able to learn from them, have one-on-one interaction and while being mentored," Morales said. "Our leaders will be able to better understand how we carry out the daily mission, receive feedback and provide further growth and development of the career field, and most importantly, get to know the people behind the mission."

Folds had to re-certify on the weapon system since it has been about three years since his last alert. He said the biggest difference in the training regimen was the removal of the tight constraints previously levied upon the instructors.

"The instructors are free to be more creative in delivering robust and personalized training," Folds said. "[They are] ensuring a level of intimacy in terms of targeted proficiency of the individual crew members. This will lead to a much more capable force, which is all about improving the mission."

Task Force 214 and 20th AF personnel are in the midst of ensuring all officers working in the nuclear and missile operations career field, no matter the rank, are combat mission ready in an effort to develop the Intercontinental Ballistic Missile leaders of today and tomorrow, said Mr. Bart Beisner, 20th AF/TF-214 FIP coordinator.

"Our goal is to ensure our commanders have the operational expertise and credibility to lead from the front, which is a hallmark of American Airmanship and is in line with how the U.S. Air Force conducts operations," he said. "This alert is a milestone in rebuilding the ICBM culture."

It's a tangible act that reflects our "commitment to our warrior ethos" and to "coaching, training and mentoring ICBM professional and leaders" as outlined in the TF-214/20th AF Strategic Narrative laid out by Maj. Gen. Jack Weinstein, commander of TF-214/20th AF.

We need to recognize our mission partners in Air Education Training Command, especially the 381st Training Group at Vandenberg AFB, California, Beisner said.

"They've been instrumental in handling the increased throughput of [nuclear and missile operations] officers who are re-qualifying in the Minuteman III weapon system," he said.

Although the first colonel to pull alert was here, similar stories will emerge throughout the missile wings at Minot and Malmstrom Air Force Bases in the coming days as senior leaders go through their re-certification training.

"I am looking forward to seeing more leadership deploying to the field and pulling alerts," Morales said. "This [alert] was a true example that we are a team. We are here to support each other and the mission."
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Tue Feb 24, 2015 4:47 am

It's good PR, but I/we await affirmation from the field that they find this good in fact. Good to see he took a squadron deputy, not a shop deputy (what are the current office symbols for ops training and stan/eval?)
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby Odie on Wed Feb 25, 2015 1:50 am

Stand/eval is consolidated in the group, so it's [xx] OG/OGVy, with [y] being whatever section of OGV you were in.
Training used to be in OSS (Operations Support Squadron), so it was [xx] OSS/OSOTy, again with [y] being the section. Training has now been moved to the line squadrons, so I have no idea. I don't know if there's an organized training shop, or if they fall under flight commanders, or anything.
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby MajorG1000 on Wed Feb 25, 2015 3:06 am

Times have changed, and Missile Duty needs to change along with it. It is good to see that Lt Morales feels she was being mentored...this is long overdue, if what has happened over the past two to three years is any indication. My guess is that this will be a short lived but important step by the Wings and MajComs until things stabilize and the mentoring goes back to where it should be in the Senior Lieutenants and Captains. It also sounds like they are defining themselves a mission...in my book the most important requirement. When that has been done, and Crewmembers are no longer just looking to do their time and get the Hell out, then, and only then will things truly be better. It seems clear that Leadership, at least at the Wing Level is beginning to "get it", and that a Missile Ops Command Position isn't just a block to be filled. I would imagine it is tougher to be an MCCM right now than at any time in the past (except maybe for when the cheating and drugs were discovered). These young men and women are remaking the career field. Given the right breaks, and attitude, they will guarantee a Missile Carreer Field that is recognized, proud and elite far into the future. Wouldn't that be cool.
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Wed Feb 25, 2015 7:33 pm

Odie, I don't understand the "y". What are the sections of which you speak? Back in the mists of my time, DOV and DOT (successors of DCOS and DCOT) were unitary, not subdivided into sections. We did, in DOV, have a Scripts crew, a Scheduling crew, a TO crew (I was in those), a Senior crew, and 3 others whose functions escape me, but no special designation in office symbol. DOT had sections--Instructors, Scheduling, and Administration are the ones I remember.
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby Odie on Fri Feb 27, 2015 12:38 am

More specifically, OGV consisted of OGVOO (Operations Section), OGVOP (Procedures Section), and OGVOS (Scripts Section).

Every one in every section was an evaluator, and did evaluations. There was no difference in that respect. However, Operations focused on some things (Scheduling evals, no notice exercises, various things that don't need to be mentioned here, evaluator training, etc), Procedures focused on other things (Basically updating/codifying unit regulations, being the group Technical Orders monitor, keeping track of documents in the field), and Scripts other things still (Mainly writing scripts).

Same things for training (Again, that's in the Sq now so I don't know how that works... I haven't been in a nuke unit for 2 years), with OSOTS being Scripts, OSOTM being MPTs, OSOTC being Classroom (classroom training and writing lesson plans), and OSOTR being requirements (Keeping track of paperwork and certifications). Similarly, everyone in these section was an instructor, and that was their primary job.
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby FL Transplant on Fri Feb 27, 2015 2:56 am

So the first four-star to command AFGSC has been announced--Gen Rand, currently the AETC/CC. F-16 driver with all the chops to be the big gun in that platform--commanded the Weapons School, Wing Commander, etc. Great tactical background--but not a lick of strategic experience.

Is there some type of abbreviated “Commanders’ Course” for MMIII Combat Crew that this guy could go through? In his resume there’s several blocks of time where he took three months to requal in the F-16 following staff assignments; it would be good if he had some clue as to what’s involved with the nuke community (I have no doubt at all that he’s going to be putting on his green bag and helmet and flying B-2 and B-52 sorties...)
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby TerrorOfTucson on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:28 am

Thanks, Odie. Same stuff, names changed to protect the guilty.
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Re: First O-6 pulls alert in LCC since mid-'90s

Postby Batman on Sat Feb 28, 2015 2:32 pm

TerrorOfTucson wrote:Thanks, Odie. Same stuff, names changed to protect the guilty.


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