Air Force announces change to deployments
By Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs , Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
/ Published December 14, 2017
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. --
Washington (AFNS) -- The Air Force announced another milestone under the chief of staff’s number two focus area: Strengthening Joint Leaders and Teams.
Airmen deploying on individual taskings will now deploy in teams of three or more. This move will provide mutual support during the entire deployment continuum. This directive, effective Nov. 30, 2017, is referred to as “Deployed Teaming.”
“Deployed Teaming places a higher value on mutual support and improves our warfighting capability,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Killough, director of Air Force Strategic Plans. “It allows us to be more effective, while increasing resiliency.”
This concept will be comprised of Airmen from the same duty location, deploying to the same location, during the same cycle. Members will accomplish pre-deployment training, travel to and from the area of responsibility and perform reintegration together.
“Our Air Force is working hard to provide Airmen the support structures they need to be successful and resilient for the duration of their deployments,” said Killough.
Martin Webb, 14th Flying Training Wing Alternate Installation Deployment Officer, said the Deployed Teaming concept is geared toward Airmen assigned to unit type codes of two or less personnel.
“Airmen traveling in teams of fewer than three personnel will be paired with Airmen from the same installation who are traveling to the same deployed location, within the same month and with similar tour lengths,” Webb said.
Team leaders will be appointed to guide and lead their teams during the deployment process. Although Airmen deploying as a part of a team may not be assigned to the same work center, the leads will ensure there is crosstalk and mutual support.
“If Airmen cannot be teamed according to these requirements, the Installation Deployment Readiness Cell will initiate the major command waiver process as necessary to support the deployment,” Webb said.
Additional information will be available through Installation Deployment Readiness Cells.
(Editor’s note: Additions to the original article were added by the 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs Office.)