Support Staff

Use this page to discuss support staff operations.

In 2009, there was no "OIC" for PAOs and Safety officer. This did not work. C/Col Feinstein reccomends that one PAO be designated as a deputy and the same with safety. However, assigning a PAO, a Safety officer, and a logistics/communications officer per squadron did work and should be carried over into future encampments.

SET
This group (3 members, 1 OIC and 2 deputies) will inspect all basics every day and all the barracks (including each individual bunk). At least this was what was done during the 2009 NC-NATCAP Wing Encampment. There should be female, if available, on SET so that female racks can easily be inspected.

However, due to the amount of work this stressed onto the SET team it may be advisable to do only 3-5 bunks per flight and change it each day.

As well, the flight inspections needed to be conducted very quickly. All inspection sheets should be ready before encampment to save time for evaluating instead of having to do paper work as was the case in 2009.

Evaluating the cadets is a subjective thing so the three members of the team should be diverse and be not firmly connected to each other (not be on the same page about everything). There should be one female member and one male member at least.

Paper work must be done and kept in order to ensure that no biases were given. The SET team should avoid being overly familiar with the line staff and attempt to pay equal attention to all the staff. This helps avoid cadets being too sore, and at the very least makes it easier for the SET team to have firm justification for their decisions.

More to come…

SET (from the line staff perspective)

Just a few suggestions…

If SET found out their idea of where everything should go for inspection wouldn't work with the way the barracks were laid out, they should tell line staff there is a problem, then work out a new plan, and not give the new plan to line staff UNTIL the plan is complete, so there aren't 6 versions of how to prepare for inspection floating around. Then they should give each staff member, or at least one per flight and one of the squadron staff, a diagrahm of how they want bunks and lockers to look.

(Sierra, the reason for the changes was due to the line staffs request. The SET team only changed and only will change standards if it seems impossible for the cadets to perform up to the standards.)

(okay, then maybe if there are problems with SET standards, SET could try to talk to line staff and get an idea of the situation before creating a new standard, to make sure the new one would work… I don't know if that's too much to ask, I just know all the confusion among the line staff due to frequently changing SET standards, during an already confusing day)

If possible, SET members should be assigned flights to watch/inspect each day, and should rotate through them through the week. (i.e. SET1 is assigned Flts 1&2 on Day 0, Flts 3&4 on Day 1, Flts 5&6 on Day 2, Flts 1&2 on Day 3, etc.) This way SET can't be biased for flights. Additionally, the diversity of opinion on how to evaluate flights will be given each flight, so if one person thinks columns are crucial, but another thinks keeping in step is more important, the flight that stays on step but can't do columns won't get a bad score in drill each day. Also, if SET members haven't been watching a flight for a couple days, then come back to it, any improvement will be more evident than if they have been watching it every day. - 2d Lt Larson (I'm currently SET at my home squadron, so I've had a little experience from the SET position as well as the line staff position)

Ok so I had a thought. Instead of the SET team, we select Squadron XOs, which would train and help the Administrative Officer inspect the flights. Also, I would like to see the cadet commander inspect one flight per day next year. So then the Admin Officer and the Squadron XOs would inspect the other 5. We would also add a deputy admin officer so that the admin officer doesnt kill him/herself.
C/Col Feinstein

Good idea. I also think that the squadron commanders should inspect their flights. Sq/CC's need more to do, anyway. And the first sergeant, if possible, should join the SET person who is inspecting the flights for the inspection. See AFMAN 36-2203. Also, that way the 1st Sgt can help the flt sgts get their cadets in better shape for the next inspection. ~C/2d Lt Larson

SET (From a basics perspective)
I was very dissapointed with the SET teams uniforms, the very people that inspect the cadets had worse uniforms than some of the cadets that they were inspecting. (Especially thier rolls) There is nothing like a bad uniform to loose respect.

C/CMSgt Wuerffel

The SET team was not inspected by other cadets but I don't believe that anyone lost respect for our uniforms. Apparently Wuerffel did but I don't believe that reflects as a whole.
At any rate, the SET team was far overstretched last year than necessary due to having to inspect 100 cadets and 100 bunks a day. The uniforms may not have been perfect in every SET members uniform but I think I can be honest when saying that Woods and me had excellent uniforms every day. Harris had some family issues that had him distracted which could explain part of his uniform tardiness.
On the whole though, some form of accountability might be advisable for whoever is inspecting uniforms. But again, I don't think it will change much.
-C/Lt Col Flanagan

I noticed, as staff, that their uniforms were horrible. There was no excuse for a C/AB to have a better uniform than a C/Lt Col, period. In the future, I think it would be a good idea to have the C/XO inspect his support staff at the beginning of each day.
~C/2d Lt Larson

New plan guys.
SqXOs and Admin Officer inspect all 6 flights everyday. On day 5, the cadet commander and the rest of the executive staff inspect the entire wing.
C/Col Feinstein

That sounds pretty time-consuming. Would they be inspected all at once?
C/TSgt Daniel Otto

Yes, but it is a 30,00-ft inspection, identifying the big, disgusting problems. The exec staff wont be measuring each bunk- that is still the SqXOs, but identify huge problems (like no hospital corners, or a uniform out of order… things like that). Should take about 1.5 hours at the very maximum.
C/Col Feinstein

Logistics/Communications

What is a better way to deliever radios to line staff?
C/Col Feinstein

I would like to see texting replace radios for staff communications. Radios are unreliable and are inefficient. We can give a brief to basics on day 0 that staff will use cell phones.
For instance, if something needs to happen, the cadet executive staff can text all 30 of the cadet staff so that everyone knows what to do, etc.
C/Col Feinstein

First of all, some people don't have cell phones. Second, even if they did, their parents might not let them text.
~C/2d Lt Larson

We have word of mouth. And we can pair up staff to make sure at least one person has the cell phone. And if all else fails, we still have ISRs.
C/Col Feinstein

On a slightly different note, we probably would have had more radios if the proper procedures to obtain them had been followed. I know that my squadron Log/Com officer didn't lend any because he never got the proper form.
Chiefy Harford

We were not allowed to get more VHF radios by the SMs. We had enough ISRs though.
C/Col Feinstein

Public Affairs
There needs to be a cadet in charge of PR, and one that's a deputy. Otherwise if someone slacks off, it just hurts the whole PR team.
~C/2d Lt Larson

That is above.
C/Col Feinstein

Administration
The cadet admin officer is the "XO to the XO" and is in second of command of the support staff. S/he takes roll at mealtimes and makes the schedule.

Safety
Were there any safety problems, minus both c/safety officers getting sick?
C/Col Feinstein

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