Although we are coming to the end of quite a year – 2020, it is likely not safe to assume 2021 will immediately bring the change we anxiously seek. Simply put, COVID has created new norms and we must be resilient to change.
As we enter the new fiscal year, I'd like to remind you of a few things which require your attention:
- When conducting annual training (with AT orders), be sure to gain certification of those orders and submit immediately upon completion of the duties.
- Take ownership of your own evaluations. Be sure to give your leadership ample reminders of your upcoming due dates. You should be conducting quarterly counselings and it never hurts to remind your rating chain of that.
- Get your flu shots ASAP.
- Tend to your medical and dental requirements – do not allow them to lapse.
As member of the SOF Enterprise, our readiness is expected to be top notch. The ARE Staff relies on each of you to do your part to maintain your administrative readiness. While the ARE staff is currently undermanned, we are applying necessary adjustments to our AGR staff members' responsibilities in order to continue to provide the necessary customer service you require. Currently, several of our AGR staff are dual-hatted while we await additional inbound members to arrive. Please do your part, and it will relieve some of the burden on our staff to chase down delinquencies.
The election season is almost over; but that does NOT mean that potential risks and threats will not emerge as a result of the outcome. Be ever vigilant among your respective environments to ensure the safety of yourselves and your families. Do not be a target; and avoid potential "hot spots" where crises can emerge.
As we near the holiday season, be ever mindful of safety. It goes without saying, that the contagion environment creates additional challenges to those already present during the holidays. Take the time to assess your planned actions and determine if there are alternatives that may achieve your goals while reducing risks.
As always, if you have questions, do not hesitate to contact your Detachment leadership for assistance, or, if you wish to speak with me, my door is always open.
-COL Scott Ward