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ACC News Now: Airmen Return from Africa

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In this week’s edition of “ACC News Now,” ACC’s new command chief gives us some insight on the Air Force’s new Enlisted Performance Report and Langley Air Force Base welcomes home some of their troops. Hosted by Senior Airman Hillary Herrick, stories by Senior Airman Tory Cusimano and Senior Airman Jordan Garner. **TRANSCRIPT** ANCHOR; SrA Hillary Herrick Hello and welcome to ACC News Now. I’m Senior Airman Hillary Herrick. The Air Force has rolled out its new Enlisted Performance Report, and with it has come a number of different questions. Most of the talk has been about the new report’s focus on job performance, but what many Airmen want to know is what the changes will mean come promotion time. So, we asked ACC’s new command chief for some feedback on the new system. SB: CMSgt Steve McDonald, Command Chief of ACC So, right now there is no limit to the number of people that can be ranked as, or identified as performing at a very high level. But, even as many people as we have performing at such high levels, we still have to be very judicious in who we can promote. We only have a certain number of slots that are available for promotion. And that's where some of the percentages of the force distribution in the future will come in. So even though there are numerous people that have a high performance evaluation, there are very few people that can be identified, that can have a higher promotion recommendation of 'must promote,' or 'promote now.’ ANCHOR: SrA Herrick As for how to achieve a “must promote,” the guidance from Air Force leadership has been clear: be excellent at your job. Moving from a new EPR to Airmen coming home, the 633rd Medical Group at Langley Air Force Base welcomed back some of their own from a humanitarian assistance mission. REPORTER: SrA Jordan Garner, Reporting Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group returned home after supporting Operation United Assistance, a humanitarian effort intended to help contain the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. SB: Col Wayne Pritt, 633rd Medical Group (MDG) Commander They’re very proud of what they’ve done. Even after that long flight, and they’re really tired, you can see the smiles on their faces. They’re so happy to be home and we’re so proud of what they did downrange. REPORTER: SrA Garner The Airmen were responsible for setting up a 25-bed medical facility and training international healthcare workers on the facility’s equipment. Although there was no exposure to Ebola-infected patients, the Medical Group staff is closely monitoring the Airmen. SB: Col Pritt We brought them in and took a temperature and a symptom survey and we will continue that twice a day for 21 days just making sure that everybody stays healthy and there are no reasons to get worried about anything. REPORTER: SrA Garner This mission highlighted the Air Force’s unique capability in these situations. This was the first medical facility to be set up in country, showcasing the strength, speed and flexibility of our Airmen. Senior Airman Jordan Garner, Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. ANCHOR: SrA Herrick That wraps up this week’s edition of “ACC News Now.” For stories like these and more, check out our website acc.af.mil, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. From all of us at ACC Public Affairs, thanks for watching.