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Edition: Thu, May 22, 2008
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"U.S. Army Aviation modernization, with an emphasis on future force interoperability, is one of the Army's major challenges over the next 10 years. The primary goal is to transition from the current point-to-point communication methodologies to a net-centric enabled capability, while maintaining current force interoperability."

- Scott Dennis, director of the Aviation Systems Integration Facility

AMRDEC team earns 2008 American Helicopter Society Award

TODAY'S FOCUS

The Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) Program

What is it?

The Center for Army Leadership has launched the Multi-Source Assessment and Feedback (MSAF) program, a confidential and focused online assessment tool that promotes self-awareness for individual leader development in today's complex operational environment. MSAF provides individual feedback to leaders related to the eight leadership competencies as described in FM 6-22, Army Leadership. The results are provided directly and confidentially to the leader. Commanders may be provided with a roll-up analysis identifying strengths and weaknesses in their organization, while individual assessments remain confidential.

What has the Army done?

The MSAF was started as a pilot program in February 2004 to raise self-awareness and guide skill improvement for Army leaders: 97 percent of pilot participants agreed the program concept was worthwhile. This pilot led to a web-enabled system to efficiently gather data on leadership competencies outlined in FM 6-22. MSAF applies to all domains of training and education (self-development, institutional and operational), all cohorts (officers and warrant officers, NCOs and Army Civilians), and all components, both Active (AC) and Reserve (RC). Individual feedback is confidential and may be from any combination of peers, subordinates and superiors.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Individuals will be required to initiate an assessment prior to attending professional military education or civilian education system courses. For organizations within the operating force, AC brigades will be scheduled every three years and RC brigades every six years to participate in the program. Organizations within the generating force will be scheduled every five years. Individuals may utilize the MSAF at other times on their own initiative. The organizational MSAF reports will be provided to commanders identifying strengths and weaknesses within their units related to leadership competencies, providing valuable feedback for organizational leader development.

Why is this important to the Army?

Soldiers deserve outstanding leadership. The MSAF provides a 360-degree approach that is widely used in both the government and the private sector to navigate leadership challenges in today's complex operational environment. The Army is responding to the challenges of the 21st century by encouraging creativity, agility and adaptability among its leaders. The MSAF program is a tool that provides leaders with confidential assessments and feedback, promoting self-awareness and ensuring leadership relevancy and readiness in today's dynamic operating environment.

Resources:

MSAF assessment instruments and feedback are accessed by logging on to MSAF AKO

To learn more about MSAF and other leader tools log on to
AKO Center for Army Leadership via AKO

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2008 Strategic Communication Guide - Read the 2008 Army Strategic Communication Guide for key messages and updates

- Strategic Communication Coordination Group (SCCG) Workspace

- Army Public Affairs Portal

- Stories of Valor

- Speaker's Toolkit

A CULTURE OF ENGAGEMENT

The Army Community Relations Calendar

Bloggers Roundtable

Alabama A&M student serves the Army as an employee and a role model

Community Covenant signed during Military Appreciation Luncheon

ECBC earns Good Neighbor Award

RDECOM employees honored for excellence in public service

CALENDAR

May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

May 2008:
- Asian - Pacific Heritage Month

- Mental Health Month:

- Army Behavioral Health

- DOD Military Health System

Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball

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