DVIDS – News – Otis Hosts First-Ever Joint Force Supplementary Duty First Sergeant Course

Guardsmen and Airmen from the 102nd Intelligence Wing, 104th Fighter Wing, 105th Airlift Wing and 6th Space Alert Squadron attended Otis’ first-ever Joint Supplementary Duty First Sergeant Course on Otis Air National Guard Base, Massachusetts, May 10-12, 2022. In this course, these NCOs learned the finer details of a first sergeant’s responsibilities and how to respond in a variety of scenarios to better support their airmen, caretakers and families.

Many NCOs and senior NCOs take the course to learn how to become a better leader and to follow in the footsteps of the first sergeants and other leaders who have been integral in shaping their lives. The Extra Duty First Sergeant course can be a great stepping stone to applying for a First Sergeant position, but it’s also a great place to learn how to use techniques, resources, and a large network of other First Duty Sergeants. who can help solve problems and maintain readiness among unit members.

Chief Staff Sgt. Sean Sullivan, chief of command Master Sgt. of Massachusetts State and former first sergeant of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, spoke to the group about the important role they will play as they come out of the classroom with new skills and competencies.

“As a first sergeant, I think what you’re doing is vitally important,” Sullivan said. “Not just to this Wing, but to the Air Force and Air National Guard as a whole, because you are now a force multiplier. You have the luxury of still being in your AFSC, but you have now achieved this summit where you are part of a command structure, and you actually increase combat capability just by being an additional first duty sergeant.

Additional duty first sergeants are the non-commissioned officers and senior non-commissioned officers who do not hold an official first sergeant position, so they do not wear a diamond on their uniform, but nonetheless, they do the job of a first sergeant in addition to their normal duties. In smaller National Guard and Space Force units, where there may not be positions for many full-fledged first sergeants, it can be extremely beneficial to have multiple leaders trained as first additional duty sergeants to ensure readiness and better care for their people. As the motto of the First Sergeant Academy goes, “Our business is people, everyone is our business.”

Col. Sean Riley, commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, shared his perspective from a command perspective.

“It’s not just the commander,” Riley said. “It’s the commander, the senior rank chief and the first sergeant, and that’s super important. It’s great to know that you have a senior rank chief and a first sergeant who will pick up the phone at 2 a.m. morning and go get an airman out of the dungeon, or go deal with an airman who’s going through a really tough time. When we’re also doing discipline, it’s so nice to have that first sergeant there knowing that “He or she is going to support you as a commander, but also take care of that Airman, because really, we discipline our Airmen to try to get them back on track and on the correct heading.

After the students made their presentations, Col. Timothy Gordon, vice commander of the 102nd Intelligence Wing, noted that almost all of the attendees mentioned that they wanted to be here to learn how to help people better, and emphasized the importance of their role will be in their units moving forward.

Technology. sergeant. Jason Whittaker, a participant during the 102nd Intelligence Wing, shared his motivation for taking the course and how this class has already started to impact his life and career.

“I joined the team because since the start of the pandemic, I’ve become more and more focused on helping people and being resourceful to others,” Whittaker said. “This training is essential and gives you the opportunity to network with other NCOs from different AFSCs, squadrons and all walks of life. Since graduating, I already feel empowered to learn from my Airmen, family and friends back home, and have more confidence in my ability to contribute to the well-being of those around me thanks to these new leadership tools. .”

According to AFI36-2113, first sergeants respond to the needs of unit members 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. First sergeants are dedicated focal points for all issues of readiness, health, morale, welfare -being and quality of life within their organization. They work directly for and derive their authority from the unit commander and serve as the commander’s essential link within the unit. The position is essential to the execution of the unit’s mission.

Date taken: 15.05.2022
Date posted: 15.05.2022 14:20
Story ID: 420768

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