by Master Sgt. David Eichaker
National Guard Bureau Public Affairs
12/11/2015 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The
Air National Guard's Senior Enlisted Leadership Management Office
recently added two new team members to further advance the SELMO mission
by continuing the deliberate development of senior enlisted leaders.
Chief Master Sgt. William Horay and Senior Master Sgt. Mikael Sundin,
each from a different component within the Air Force, are teaming up to
bring their unique perspectives to the office.
"I was extremely humbled when I was selected as the first active duty
chief master sergeant to be assigned to the ANG command chief's staff,"
said Chief Master Sgt. William Horay, SELMO Manager, who transferred in
October from Kadena Air Base, Japan, where he served as an aircraft
"I'm excited to expand my knowledge of the Air National Guard and draw
from my tactical and operational exposure in order to share my
experiences with ANG members. Furthermore, once I transition back to the
active duty side, I'll be better prepared to articulate the need to
collectively serve under the "one Air Force" concept."
SELMO was established in 2014 to ensure that Air National Guard senior
enlisted leaders receive the same opportunities for development
currently offered to the active component. Senior enlisted leadership
positions such as command chief master sergeant carry specific training
requirements and a need for functional oversight. The SELMO ensures that
these administrative tasks are accomplished and ANG senior enlisted
leaders are not impeded while pursuing developmental opportunities.
Creating new opportunities for enlisted ANG members through SELMO also created new opportunities for Horay.
"I saw this as an avenue to work at the strategic level and interact
with a wide range of professionals," he said. "I maintain functional
oversight, coordinate senior enlisted leader education opportunities,
and process nominations to key command positions for more than 155 ANG
command chiefs while coordinating further developmental opportunities
with the National Guard Bureau General Officer Management Office, Air
Force Chiefs' Group and key senior leader offices. Working these
relationships across the active and reserve components will continue to
ensure ALL of the Air Force's senior enlisted leaders are developed to
the same professional standard."
This also provides professional development for the chief.
"I must strive to further develop my leadership and management skills to
better prepare me for future roles," said Horay. "I feel the experience
I will gain from SELMO will absolutely help me with that professional
The other addition to the office brings with him 19 years of Guard experience and perspective to include multiple deployments.
"I am excited for the opportunity to help further develop our ANG
enlisted leaders," said Senior Master Sgt. Mikael Sundin, SELMO
superintendent. "My leaders, peers and subordinates helped shape my
character to fit a position such as this and that sparked an immediate
feeling of humility knowing I did not go into this alone."
Sundin, previously a fabrication element supervisor with the 140th Wing
in Colorado, joined the SELMO team in November to help ANG senior
enlisted members capitalize on professional opportunities and further
develop as leaders.
"This developmental opportunity offered a unique chance to better
understand the ANG concept at a strategic level," he said. "I have
worked very hard with my past leadership to ensure the Air National
Guard is providing our Airmen the best leadership possible and this is
another way to ensure that."
The evolution of the Total Force concept makes SELMO's mission important and relevant.
"SELMO is the cornerstone for ensuring the ANG develops its senior
enlisted leaders on the same level as the regular Air Force," said
Sundin. "In order for the ANG to be a relevant, operational reserve, our
leaders must be afforded standardized development opportunities, and
SELMO is continuing to bridge that gap."
The SELMO manages a triad of responsibilities that interconnect as
functional management, development, and nominative opportunities. Since
its establishment, the office has made it possible for multiple ANG
command chiefs to interview for Combatant Command, Major Command, Joint
Task Force, Department of Defense positions and regular Air Force wing
command chief master sergeant assignments. In fact, SELMO's efforts have
resulted in historical appointments for the ANG's leaders. Leveraging
the professional development processes of its senior enlisted members,
the ANG is now represented in strategic positions across the Air Force.
Two such examples of these successes include the Air Force First
Sergeant Academy commandant and the special enlisted advisor for total
force enlisted issues.
"SELMO is the embodiment of our institutional competencies," said Horay.
Everything we do strives to provide enlisted leaders with the tools to
become more strategically minded. This, in turn, provides them with a
clearer strategic picture while developing their Airmen. The result is
exponential development of our enlisted force."