U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, 7th Air Force commander, speaks with Maj. Dustin Burleson, 8th Communications Squadron commander, about the communication security team at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 19, 2019. Wilsbach visited Kunsan to recognize several Airman and hold a town hall meeting for officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, 7th Air Force commander, speaks with Maj. Dustin Burleson, 8th Communications Squadron commander, about the communication security team at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 19, 2019. Wilsbach visited Kunsan to recognize several Airman and hold a town hall meeting for officers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

7th Air Force commander shares officer development changes with 8th Fighter Wing

by 1st Lt. Lauren Gao
8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Lt. Gen. Kenneth S. Wilsbach, 7th Air Force commander, visited the 8th Fighter Wing and held an officer all call at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, July 19.

During his visit, Wilsbach met with officers from around the Wolf Pack to discuss changes to the way the Air Force is developing commissioned leaders.

“The Air Force we have today is the force that the Air Force Chief of Staff, 10-15 years ago, acquired and developed," said Wilsbach. "Looking forward to 2030, even 2040, Gen. Goldfein has to be the CSAF who acquires and develops an appropriate force for that fight into the future.”

Throughout the brief, Wilsbach received feedback from the officers on several main components of the revamped officer promotion system. The modified components of the promotion system include a two-line Promotion Recommendation Form, competitive categories and an updated officer promotion report.

Wilsbach explained how the two-line PRF was designed to more efficiently and appropriately stratify officers among the eligible candidates in their respective promotion zone.

“The two-line PRF is going to take away a lot of these literary advantages and put it in more straight forward terms where the board can actually compare each record side-by-side,” said Wilsbach.

Competitive categories, according to Wilsbach, allow the Air Force to have the correct number of appropriate skill sets while developing the right amount of officers across all career fields in the service. The OPR will also undergo changes to better capture the Air Force core values in an individual’s job performance.

“Empowering performance is an important aspect of these changes. We really want to make sure you are being rewarded for being an action officer who gets things done and being developed into an action leader,” the general concluded.

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