Lt. Gen. Roberson Addresses Airmen’s Concerns on Changes to Rating System

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen during an all-call Aug. 7, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force Commander Speaks to Airmen during an All-Call

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, speaks to Airmen during an all-call Aug. 7, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. Roberson spoke to Airmen about changes to feedbacks, performance reports and promotion processes, logistics concerns, working with partner nations, and the integration of total force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Riley Johnson)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, visited deployed Airmen Aug. 6-7, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Roberson met with leaders, visited Airmen in their work centers and had dinner with NCOs and junior enlisted.

To wrap up his stay at CLDJ, Roberson held an all-call and spoke to Airmen about changes to feedbacks, performance reports and promotion processes, logistics concerns, working with partner nations, and the integration of total force.

 “The mission you are doing here is incredibly strategic and important and it is only going to increase,” Roberson said. “I wanted to say thank you and keep doing the great job you are doing and it is making a difference.”

The recent changes to the Air Force feedback form were a main talking point of Roberson’s address.

“The new feedback form prompts you to ask specific questions,” Roberson said. “This feedback form is designed to allow very personal, point-to-point contact development for our Airmen.”

A concern presented by some Airmen where the upcoming changes to the performance reports.

Nearly 85 percent of Airmen are receiving the top score of five and the potential changes the rating evaluation system will fix the over-inflated performance reports said Roberson.

During the question and answer session an NCO asked if the stigma of getting an ‘above average’ rating instead of the common ‘truly among the best’ would change.

“The goal of this whole thing ideally is to make 3’s a good thing and then 4’s exceptional and 5’s truly among the best, the way it was originally intended,” Roberson replied.

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Lt. Gen. Roberson Addresses Airmen’s Concerns on Changes to Rating System

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, 3rd Air Force and 17th Expeditionary Air Force commander, visited deployed Airmen Aug. 6-7, 2014, at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.