HomeNewsArticle Display

CMSAF addresses joint duty assignment senior enlisted leaders

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright speaks to personnel attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon, April 4, 2018. (DoD Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- “Why are you guys here?” Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright asked the first-ever Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon.

More than 50 senior leaders from across U.S. combatant commands and the Joint Staff responded with answers ranging from networking to developing leaders—and they were correct.

During the three-day conference, attendees engaged with several Air Force senior leaders to focus on building joint leaders, using a whole government approach to enhance the mission and understand the senior leader perspective.

Of the five Air Force priorities—restore readiness; cost-effectively modernize; drive innovation; develop exceptional leaders; and strengthen alliances—the purpose of the conference was to develop leaders.

More specifically, “the purposeful development of those put into joint positions and bringing out the best of what they have learned when they return to the Air Force,” said the 18th Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

Wright further explained some Airmen will have back-to-back joint assignments and others will return to the Air Force after a joint assignment.

“You have to stay plugged into the Air Force,” Wright said, “because your stripes and your badge represent that you’re an Airman and they expect you to understand airpower.”

“You represent all of us in a joint environment,” he added.

According to the Air Force’s Personnel Center, a standard joint duty assignment is in a multi-service, joint or multinational command or activity involved in the integrated employment or support of land, sea and air forces.

Wright’s second question to conference attendees was: “What is most important to enlisted Airmen?”

The room responded with answers along the lines of talent management, leadership, education and development, innovation and readiness—but this was more of a trick question.

The chief explained he doesn’t know the right answer; but he’s working with Air Force senior enlisted leaders to solidify one.

"We have real work to determine what the future holds for the Air Force and how we should be preparing,” Wright said. “We need to develop Airmen for the future and we need to develop leaders for the future.”

Something else the chief is working on is better management of joint assignments.

“We need to develop joint leaders and teams, but we don’t really have a system that captures every Airman who has served in a joint position or has attended joint service professional military education,” Wright said. “We need a system that puts the right people in (the right) joint jobs at the right time.”

Wright’s final question was: “What is the most important leadership skill?”

His answer was “learning.”

“You should be constantly learning and assessing the environment,” Wright continued. “In a joint environment, the processes may be unfamiliar and the culture may be unfamiliar, but if you’re not learning, you’re moving backward.”

Engage

Facebook Twitter
#MentorMonday: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mu… https://t.co/PjGcBMVliB
Our partnerships and @NATO allies help keep our mission moving forward. https://t.co/5R4ZB7XqXs
$40M up for grabs! Find out how your small business can make some cash while helping solve some of the #USAF's toug… https://t.co/0AEmZhZGdI
RT @SecAFOfficial: Happy birthday 🎉 to #USAF Col & #space pioneer Buzz Aldrin @TheRealBuzz ✈️🚀 https://t.co/gIsicyA1uk
#Innovation! First metallic #3Dprinted part installed on an operational #F22 Raptor @HAFB. The new part will not co… https://t.co/rkKr1jtThg
Practice makes perfect! These #SpecOps medical experts maintain readiness & relevance for all operations, today and… https://t.co/WMpdt9LTGe
Remembering a woman who changed the world: Millicent Young, Women #AirForce Service Pilot in World War II, dies at… https://t.co/mri1QRXOC8
From fast food to future technology, one #Airman found a new calling @AirNatlGuard and decided to ditch the fryer f… https://t.co/I8qX7GpH4n
An #F35 sits on the flightline @LukeAFB, Jan. 10. Six different aircraft maintenance units from #TeamLuke competed… https://t.co/OxVMxf7Ayw
It takes a lot of coordination to clear a flightline of snow, but @TeamMisawa--a place that averaged more than 147… https://t.co/VQ4qjdsxFz
RT @SecAFOfficial: It is our responsibility to maintain a strong national defense @usairforce https://t.co/JXzhtqdMrg
When lives are on the line, there is no margin for error. Combat Search & Rescue #Airmen at #MoodyAFB conduct pre-d… https://t.co/AsWzaa1I00
RT @AFResearchLab: When a product goes from lab to battlefield, you can expect some amazing capabilities. See what work we've done to assis…
A B-2 Spirit bomber from @Whiteman_AFB, conducts aerial refueling near @JointBasePHH, during an interoperability tr… https://t.co/wzM5GvcviS
The #AirForce Life Cycle Management Center team is working to acquire next generation fixed-wing helmet.… https://t.co/LJ2xeCLdf2
Capt Jerry Yellin, #WWII fighter pilot who flew the last combat mission in August 1945, was laid to rest… https://t.co/XnSB9Yo3PC
75 years of @WrightPattAFB! Take a walk down memory lane with the leaders in military aviation development. https://t.co/vmjwxLUydg
C-5M #SuperGalaxy aircrew & aerial port specialists @Travis60AMW join the @USArmy to transport four UH-60… https://t.co/kTxdf9axY5
RT @SecAFOfficial: Why do we care about #space? It's contested. It's congested. It's competitive. https://t.co/DJZBjF2NHu
To continue the military’s strides to become a more cohesive force, @MacDill_AFB hosted its first #Joint #PME enhan… https://t.co/K56KEUVnIb