Clueless, Part Duh


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Wayward E-9 conducts mass shaming exercise, alienates fellow SNCOs.

Here’s an email that was sent to every SNCO at Mildenhall Air Base yesterday. Have a read through it and then we’ll discuss it.

—–Original Message—–
From: MILLER, COREY J CMSgt USAF USAFE 100 SFS/SFM
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 4:04 PM
To: Mildenhall/TOP3 <Mildenhall.TOP31@us.af.mil>
Cc: PIETZ, TROY W MSgt USAF USAFE 100 CES/CEO <troy.pietz@us.af.mil>

Subject: RE: Team Mildenhall Top 3 Elections

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to take a moment of your time and tell you how profoundly surprised I am as a Chief that the most influential private organization on this base, the most powerful SNCO networking organization on this base, can’t seem to put together more than one nominee for each of the four top sitting officers.  Having been a member of the Top 3 since 2009, this is unacceptable.

Maybe the reasons behind not wanting to nominate yourself are personal.

Maybe you do not think you have the time between PME, civilian education, family and work.  Maybe you have a hard time leading your peers but you can lead your subordinates.  Maybe you just do not want to be a part.  If you fall into any of these categories, than please take a step back for a minute and consider the following:

The Little Brown Book:

5.1.1. – A SNCOs primary purpose is mission accomplishment.  They must LEAD and MANAGE teams while maintaining the highest level of readiness to ensure mission success.

As a SNCO, you can TRY to do this alone.  You can try to lead and manage teams around this installation alone.  You may even succeed…but it will be a lot harder to do.  When you are a part of the Top 3 you are a part of the most influential network on the installation.  You can call a fellow SNCO up and in a moment’s notice, improve the life of an Airman.  As a member of the leadership body of this great group of peers, you can provide vision and direction…you get to lead and manage the largest team of SNCOs on base.

5.1.3. – Translate leader’s direction into specific tasks and responsibilities their teams can understand and execute.

As an officer on the council you will do just that but from all commanders.

You can simply reach out and ask about a topic.  The SEL or Commander can provide information and you can bring that back.  You can empower your fellow SNCOs with the knowledge they need to accomplish their mission.  That is powerful.

5.1.6.  Be an active, visible leader.  If this needs an explanation and correlation to why you should want to be a part of this governing council then you probably shouldn’t be a part of the SNCO corps.

I could go down each bullet of the SNCO responsibilities and tie it back to leading this organization, but I will not because I should not have to.

Bottom Line:  The leadership of this organization has done a great job and one they should be commended for.  It is time for a transition and YOU can be a part of that.

Please look inward and truly ask yourself if you can give just a little time to be a part of something so big.

v/r

Chief Miller

They say there’s a lesson in everything. Well, there’s certainly a lesson here. This guy is putting on a clinic in how to alienate people. But before we discuss the actual content of this verbose disaster, let’s examine the premises a bit.

If you’re anything like me, you’re probably asking yourself “who the f*ck is Corey Miller?”

Who indeed. Best we can tell, he’s a guy who works in the Security Forces Squadron and happens to hold a position of elevated responsibility. He obviously sees it differently, likely as a function of his marooning on Planet Chief, where one too many blessings from the bureaucracy morphs mere mortals into beasts of Air Force nature who roam amongst the unwashed masses to the sound of their own personal theme music.

But the core concept of the email is even more important, because it perfectly captures one of the Air Force’s most debilitating and bedevilling problems: the idea that when people don’t step up for a volunteer “opportunity,” it is somehow acceptable to coerce them into it. This nullifies the entire spirit of volunteerism. It also alienates people who don’t like being pushed, shamed, or threatened into things.

But rather than overfly this gem at 30,000 feet, let’s get into the weeds of it. E-9 Miller’s words in full glory, with my annotations interspersed.

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

Allow me to take a moment of your time and tell you how profoundly surprised I am as a Chief [because mere ordinary peasants would never be surprised, much less profoundly surprised, at the shamefully shameless conduct I am about to unravel] that the most influential private organization on this base [which is kinda like being the weathiest E-1], the most powerful SNCO networking organization on this base [aside from the three guys in the corner drinking beer and solving actual problems], can’t seem to put together more than one nominee for each of the four top sitting officers [because, you know, who can resist something as exciting as being a sitting officer?].  Having been a member of the Top 3 since 2009 [which is my way of saying I’m kind of a big deal], this is unacceptable [which is to say, I literally can’t accept it myself, which means I can’t begin to understand how everyone else doesn’t feel the same].

Maybe the reasons behind not wanting to nominate yourself are personal. [probably so, since volunteer work comes (allegedly) out of personal time, meaning the motivation is purely personal].

Maybe you do not think you have the time between PME, civilian education, family and work [notice how work comes last in this laundry list … almost an afterthought. And notice how PME comes first].  Maybe you have a hard time leading your peers but you can lead your subordinates [oh good … shaming … because that really motivates people. But how did this become about leading?].  Maybe you just do not want to be a part.  If you fall into any of these categories, than please take a step back for a minute and consider the following:

The Little Brown Book [because people really love it when you quote them your pet rulebook]:

5.1.1. – A SNCOs primary purpose is mission accomplishment.  They must LEAD and MANAGE teams while maintaining the highest level of readiness to ensure mission success. [which is why you shouldn’t waste a minute of your time on eyewash festivals like the Top 3].

As a SNCO, you can TRY to do this alone [because unless you’re a “sitting officer” of the Top 3, you’re automatically all alone in the world].  You can try to lead and manage teams around this installation alone [armed only with team members, a command structure, and the taxpayer largesse to see you through].  You may even succeed…but it will be a lot harder to do.  When you are a part of the Top 3 you are a part of the most influential network on the installation [except for the actual chain of command and every high-functioning team of people focusing on their actual jobs].  You can call a fellow SNCO up and in a moment’s notice, improve the life of an Airman [note: you can also just go ahead and do this … without being Treasurer of the Top 3].  As a member of the leadership body of this great group of peers, you can provide vision and direction…you get to lead and manage the largest team of SNCOs on base [except that you’ll have no real authority since Top 3 is a club rather than an actual organization].

5.1.3. – Translate leader’s direction into specific tasks and responsibilities their teams can understand and execute [it’ll be just like in the treehouse … one guy will create a distraction with a pinecone while the other traps the squirrel].

As an officer on the council you will do just that but from all commanders.

You can simply reach out and ask about a topic.  The SEL or Commander can provide information and you can bring that back.  You can empower your fellow SNCOs with the knowledge they need to accomplish their mission.  That is powerful. [Almost as powerful as having all SNCOs on base focus on their jobs rather than checking squares for promotion].

5.1.6.  Be an active, visible leader.  If this needs an explanation and correlation to why you should want to be a part of this governing council then you probably shouldn’t be a part of the SNCO corps. [And yet, I’ve included it here to shame and coerce you into joining a SNCO-only club, which means even if you’re a dirtbag, we want you].

I could go down each bullet of the SNCO responsibilities and tie it back to leading this organization, but I will not because I should not have to. [now lean forward and choke yourself].

Bottom Line:  The leadership of this organization has done a great job and one they should be commended for.  It is time for a transition and YOU can be a part of that. [and why wouldn’t you want the job after the way I’ve built you up and instilled you with SNCO pride?]

Please look inward and truly ask yourself if you can give just a little time to be a part of something so big. [token vain attempt at emotional content].

v/r

Chief Miller

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I seriously have to ask myself where we found these people, why we recruited and retained them, and how in God’s holy name they managed to progress in our organization. The level of cluelessness is staggering … almost as shocking as the unhesitating lurch to act on that cluelessness.

What Miller and his clown cabal don’t realize, probably because they’ve spent too much time sitting around attending Top 3 meetings and not enough doing their jobs, is that stuff like this is in the luxury category. That means when manning dips below minimums, stuff like this is first to go. And as it should be. When people are stretched to cover one another, something has to give, and it shouldn’t be mission or family. Unless you’re one of these lunatic E-9s who think playing games in the treehouse takes precedence.

Given the number of misguided E-9s swinging their oversized elbows recently, the Top 3 seems to have failed quite miserably in developing them as a group. They’ve never realized that when tactics like this work, they attract all the wrong people, feeding the same vicious cycle. Which is how we end up with an enlisted corps led by the vapid and clueless.


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