by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston
Air National Guard Readiness Center Public Affairs
3/3/2015 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The
steering committee for the Air National Guard's Strategic Planning
System held a quarterly meeting Feb. 17-20 at the Air National Guard
Readiness Center here to discuss updates for Air National Guard strategy
The Strategic Planning System provides a fact-driven, collaborative
process designed to shape the Air National Guard's future through
deliberate planning with the Director of the Air National Guard, Lt.
Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, and supports the Air Guard's priorities to
shape an environment to develop adaptable Airmen, secure the home front
while defending the nation, and modernize warfighting capabilities.
The Strategic Planning System meets quarterly but regional meetings will
occur later this year where the recently approved 20 year Air National
Guard Strategic Master Plan, Officer/ Enlisted Force Development
programs, and SPS Membership will be discussed.
"Most importantly, the SPS is expanding the membership and participation
of our enlisted force", said Brig. Gen. Kevin W. Bradley, Strategic
Planning System chairman. "In coordination with the Command Chief Master
Sergeant of the Air National Guard, Chief Master Sgt. James W.
Hotaling, we are welcoming a chief master sergeant to join with the
general officer representative of each region. We are excited about this
development as our enlisted Airmen represent more than 90 percent of
our force and we know that future Strategic Force Development efforts
will be fueled and driven by these Airmen and their field driven input."
The Strategic Planning System was invited to attend the Blue General
Officer Summit by the Director of the Air National Guard. The Strategic
Planning System addressed more than 150 general officers attending the
Blue General Officer Summit, which was a meeting held during the same
week, and briefed the Air National Guard Strategic Master Plan and
advocated for continued field representation.
The Air National Guard general officer field experience represents 3,000
plus years of service, what a powerful pool of strategic planners to
The Strategic Planning System helps establish a framework of planning
principles to guide the alignment of current and potential Air Guard
missions align with federal and state requirements. This guidance is
developed through the use of historical collaboration between state
Guard leadership, the Strategic Planning System, and the National Guard
Bureau and represents a collective vision on the Air National Guard's
strategic direction that will guide the path for the future force
structure for the Air National Guard.