By Tech. Sgt. Steve Grever and
Senior Airman Michelle Patten
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
Department of Defense and Air Force senior leaders discussed key military issues, and reiterated their support and appreciation to total force Airmen during the final day of the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference Sept. 17, 2014, in Washington, D.C.
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody discussed his perspective on changes affecting the enlisted force. Cody said deliberate enlisted development and improving the enlisted evaluation system are key priorities the Air Force is addressing.
“The Air Force must commit to infusing agility into developing and educating our Airmen, developing our capabilities, training and employing our forces and organizing ourselves to create a leaner and more efficient force,” Cody said.
Cody also addressed specific questions about promotions, evaluations and other enlisted issues during a separate session with enlisted members at the conference.
“Changes to the EES will limit evaluation inflation, enabling supervisors and commanders to more accurately document subordinates’ performance without fear of unintentionally damaging Airmen’s career progression,” Cody said.
Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, gave the keynote address and credited the Air Force for their military contributions.
“Our Air Force’s dominance in the skies, space and cyberspace has been the backbone of our military’s global reach,” Kendall said. “America continues to call on its Airmen to respond rapidly to new sources of instability across the globe.”
Air Force Chief of Staff Mark A. Welsh III hosted a “four-star” forum with major command commanders to wrap up the final day of the conference. MAJCOM commanders fielded many questions ranging from education and training, readiness, acquisitions and personal philosophies for success.
“The Air Force must further adopt a culture of inclusiveness in order to harness every possible resource to ensure we are delivering the world’s most powerful Air Force,” Welsh said.