By State Command Chief Master Sgt. William Stacey
State Command Chief – Air
The Air National Guard Enlisted Force Advisory Council is broken up into seven regions which represent more than 91,000 enlisted members of the ANG. The sole purpose of EFAC is to identify and fix issues that impact all Airmen at the national level.
The state of Kansas is in Region Five, which includes Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana; representing 12,312 enlisted Airmen. The EFAC council is made up of 17 current command chiefs on a two-year tour that fill the council roles of president, vice president, secretary and a primary and alternate representative from each region. The council works directly with the Air National Guard Command Chief’s office, identifying and resolving issues that affect the entire enlisted force. The council has recently joined with the equivalent Army National Guard council to work related issues that affect both Airmen and Soldiers across the entire National Guard.
What are some of the top current issues affecting Airmen in the ANG?
- Post 9-11 GI Bill four-year retainability
- Standardized promotion boards for ANG Airmen
- Title 10 to title 32 transition barriers
- Title 10 to title 32 orders
- ANG mobilization requirements
- Tricare Reserve Select for temporary technicians, and
- 30-day myPers timeout with EPRs.
How does this process work? Airmen in the field will identify an issue and fill out a form 802, stating the concern/issue that affects Airmen at the national level. The form will be submitted to your wing command chief, followed by the regional primary representative. During the quarterly meetings, the council will address the proposed issue to identify if it is a local or national level issue.
Once the decision has been made to take on the task, it will be assigned to a region. The region will then figure out if the issue is policy, procedural or legislative and engage as required. Some issues may be resolved quickly, while others make take some serious time. Issues which require a change in the law may take up to a year or longer to resolve.
As your state command chief, I am currently the alternate representative for Region Five. I encourage all of you to highlight any issues that are affecting readiness and well-being. Any Airman at any level can submit a form 802 if you feel there is an issue with any program or procedure that has a negative impact at a national level.
If you have an issue, identify it, do your homework on said subject and then forward it to your wing command chief. If we don’t know it’s broken, we can’t fix it.
Thank you all for what you do every day! Be sure to take care of yourself, your family and your wingman!