Last October, I solicited your opinions about how we could continue to improve the Navy IA process. In addition to the good comments on the post, I received a lot of useful feedback directly from our Sailors currently serving in IA billets.
As we continue to improve the IA program, one of the roles I find particularly important is the Command Individual Augmentation Coordinator (CIAC). The CIAC is responsible for duties such as helping the Sailor and their family prepare for deployment, maintaining contact while IAs are deployed, and arranging homecoming functions. Every IA and their family is assigned to one that serves as their primary contact and link to their parent command.
We have made good progress maturing the program to ensure our CIACs are aware of, and trained for, the many important functions they perform. In addition to instituting online training and management systems, last October we started conducting orientation conferences to increase the knowledge and education of our CIACs. Earlier this month we held our 3rd conference in San Diego with over 150 members in attendance. We will be conducting four more conferences in FY10 with the next one scheduled on 25 March at NAS Jacksonville and targeting the Southeast Region.
The post-analysis of these events is very important to the way we evolve the program, so if you attend a future event I strongly encourage you to ask good questions and provide honest feedback on the questionnaire.
While we are making strong improvements in the service and support we provide to our IAs and their families, this task will never be one we can put on the shelf and say “it’s done.” We need to stay at it and I promise you that we will do just that.
All the best, JCHjr