by Rich.R at Yesterday, 10:43 AM
The group will be taking a slightly different approach for training in 2022.

We have three types of training within the group
  • Fundamental Skills Training - Mandatory and completed by all new members
  • Additional training - Mandatory for certain roles
  • Group Training - Completed during our official operation times
A closer look

Fundamental Skills Training (FST)
In the past, FST's were completed on Saturday's at 0600 CST/1200 GMT. We are changing the times to free up member's weekends and allow for the different times zones the group's membership encompasses. As of this post FSTs will be taught on the following schedule;
  • Wednesday 1930 GMT (730PM) - Aimed at EU based members but any member is allowed to attend.
  • Wednesday 1930 CST (730PM) - Aimed at US based members but any member is allowed to attend.
We are in the process of updating the FST modules so members may consider running through them again!

Additional Training
Additional training allows members to train on Saturdays in groups of specialty roles, leadership and the much-needed section training. Those roles mentioned below are required to attend training at least one every other month. Members not in the roles or sections detailed below have no mandatory attendance requirements.

The training will be scheduled on a monthly rotational basis in the following manner;
  • Saturdays 0600 CST/1200 GMT
  • Week 1/Saturday 1 - Specialty training - Medic, Alpha, Delta, Zulu
  • Week 2/Saturday 2 - Leadership training (SC, 2IC)
  • Week 3/Saturday 3 - Section Training -SC's are responsible for attendance
  • Week 4/Saturday 4 - No mandated training
Group Training
As discussed, the group official mission times will be organized as follows;
Month 1
  • Week 1 - Standalone mission (4 hours)
  • Week 2 - Training (1.5 hours) followed by Zeus-led mission on training map
  • Week 3 - Standalone mission (4 hours)
  • Week 4 - Training (1.5 hours) followed by Dynamic-based mission
Month 2
  • 4-week deployment consisting of weekly 4-hour missions
Rinse and repeat throughout the year

Group training will cover topics and skill sets based on member and leadership suggestions. Suggestions can be submitted here.
by Rich.R at 01-20-2022, 09:01 AM
Executive Command is proud to announce the following assignments and duties effectively immediately
  • Kemper.D - Zulu
  • Wasim.A - Bravo 1-1
  • Robert.O - Charlie 1-3
  • Vlad.C - Bravo 2-1
The above should have access to their section on the forums and introduce themselves to their new section buddies.
by Rich.R at 01-17-2022, 04:07 PM
We've really come a long way in cleaning up the command channel in our operations, congrats to everyone for all their efforts!

One of the ways we've done this is switching to a section's radio frequency to have direct conversation with that section. A downside to this is beginning to emerge, contact reports not being communicated with the entire group.

Here's why this could be a challenge;

Alpha or Zulu see bad guys approaching Section Whiskey. They reach out directly to Whiskey and say 'Hey, you have bad dudes coming your way, we will engage'. They promptly attack the bad guys.

The challenge with this is no one else outside of Alpha/Zulu and Whiskey know about the enemy presence. Section Xray should know so they can manage that flank or the perimeter facing the contact (however far it may be) or be prepared to move to assist.

If bad guys were to slip past the support and eliminate Section Whiskey, no one would know who or what got them. Same could be said in the support was eliminated, who would know what or how?

Finally, we're doing a disservice to ZA, who is managing the battlefield without all the information.

We could a guideline, if you're looking at it or shooting at it, you need to report it on the command net. Would that work and still keep the command channel relatively clear?

Thoughts? Solutions?
by Rich.R at 01-15-2022, 10:10 AM
We are proud to announce Toni.M has joined the brotherhood of 1st Air Assault.

Welcome to 1st Air Assault, we are lucky to have you!

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by Rich.R at 01-10-2022, 08:21 AM
The group enjoyed a State of Nation before our official mission on Sunday Jan 09 2022. It was an opportunity for members to give feedback about the group, their experience and suggest changes. The meeting was open to feedback, whether positive or to express concerns, with everything expected to be given in a manner that followed our core value of respect.

For members who didn't attend on Sunday or those who would like to hear the discussion again, here is an unedited recording of the meeting - https://www.dropbox.com/s/lgrquh8mzxsnrg...2.wav?dl=0

Members who didn't attend should make every effort to listen to the recording. Below is a summary of what was discussed.

Some concerns brought up;
  • Communications - Clean up in-game comms, who is expected to listen to what.
  • Communications - Better and more timely responses to communications between EC and membership
  • Mission flow - Should we expect non-stop action. What should mission flow look like?
  • Attendance sheets - A request was made for SC's to have access to the official attendance records to help them manage their section.
Overview from Executive Command
  • How strict do we need to be on our operational standards? Example, if members arrive late to missions (15 minutes prior to operational start)
  • More participation from members helping with stuff that makes the group work
  • Scheduling training, both FST and additional
  • Checking forums and discord. Responding to both.
Server costs
Our server costs $720 a year. While some members have donated, the financial burden is falling on the shoulders on one person. If each member donated $20 once, it would total 12 months of server costs. 
  • Donations can made by going here - Send a donation to a NFOservers.com coffer
  • The money is sent directly to our hosting service and deducted from the amount charged to the credit card on file.
  • If a member would like recognition for their donation, use the email account on their forum account. If a member is unsure what that is they can go into the settings of their forum account or reach out to EC. If this email account isn't linked to their PayPal (or form of payment) and would like EC to know about the donation, send a PM telling EC which email account they used.
  • There will be no public recognition but certainly a nod from EC.
  • Again, is the group worth $20 a year?
Finally, we asked and discussed the opportunity for members to join committees or teams to help with the workload that keeps the groups high standards of communication

This is just an overview. Members should listen to the recording for the full discussion on each topic. If those in attendance feel a topic was omitted from the recap, please comment below.

Any thoughts after listening to the recording, or thoughts that weren't brought up, should be left below.
by Rich.R at 12-31-2021, 09:20 AM
In many cultures and around the world many of us will bring in a new year and I wanted to take a moment to type out a few thoughts.

First, a look at some milestones for the group.
  • We started the year with 33 members and ended up with 42, so if it feels more crowded in the back of a chinook, it's not your imagination, there really are more of us!
  • Just to give everyone an idea of that growth, 1st Air Assault started 2020 with a whopping 10 players!
  • We won't detail the number of members who came and went over the last twelve months but needless to say our online family are like real world friends who drift in and out of our lives. Like real world friends, we will continue to miss the ones we grew really close to and have to think harder about the more casual acquaintances who crossed our paths.
  • We changed the operational structure of our group from a squad-based unit to that of sections. Primarily this gives us the quick movement but helps with managing the ebbs and flow of attendance.
  • We have the largest number of pilots in the history of 1st Air Assault. Zulu actually exceeds the number of characters created in the config for Zulu!
I know we're proud of our international membership, here are the latest numbers
  • United States - 21
  • UK - 5
  • Denmark - 3
  • Ireland -2
The following countries are represented by a proud member
  • Canada
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Italy
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Romania
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Sweden
1st Air Assault is represented by 16 countries, not only adding to our fictious story of a NATO unit but speaks volumes about our cores values that creates the environment allowing such diversity.

Quality over quantity
1st Air Assault has always focused on having the right people in our group, those who are right for us. Everyone here knows the smile we all crack when an applicant tells us the number of hours they have in Arma, or the roles they've played because all we really want is that person who feels 'right' who we can count on watching our back when we face 'one of those mission'.

Looking over our roster, I think we've been very lucky to attract just those kinds of players.

Think about the online family we enjoy week after week. I know I personally talk about each and every one of you as 'my friend who lives here', 'a friend from country x tells me they're seeing this'. As with real world friends, we've been there for each other through very happy times with school, work and family and supported each other through the tougher times such as accidents, emotional challenges and even working through losing someone near and dear.

We've even help each other through the craziness that is COVID, each of us facing our own unique circumstances around the world. We even share pictures of our animals and vacations!

Past success and our future
We've all gone through the same application process and know we allow members to spend as much time with the group as they're willing to give as long as we see consistent attendance for our official Sunday operations. It always impresses me with the extra effort put forth by the group.

Want to say a huge thank you to Gary and Lightfoot who continue to go the extra mile to keep the group up and running as members of Executive Command. Its relatively easy to manage a system for weekly mission, but making it look effortless and without drama takes a unique effort not taught anywhere but in the trenches of managing an online gaming group. While we always present a united front and consistent message, there are pretty intense conversations on the road to a decision or resolution. Every conversation starts with what's right for the group, does it fulfill our core values and most importantly, will it work.

Trainers turn up week after week, teaching the same material with enthusiasm and a genuine interest in every new member going through our Fundamental Skills Training for the first time. The current official trainers are;
  • Isaac
  • Gary
  • Rich
  • Tom
We are hoping to add to those names, looking at you Kemper and Monty, and would welcome anyone who would like to volunteer one or two Saturdays a month.

We have members making missions, those helping mission makers by working on compositions (basically a method of creating preset loadouts to help Zero Alpha), members volunteering to manage our weekly operations in the role of Zero Alpha and those who just keep an eye out for the group through new SOPs, mods and generally being the first to step and help a member in need.

Here are others who have given far more time to the group than we could ever expect;
  • Isaac - As well teaching the medic course with Tom, Isaac is the first to volunteer most notably heading up the effort to collect member's testimonials for the anniversary video
  • Kemper - Past trainer and specialty trainer
  • Monty - Should be a full trainer in 2022 and is part of the composition team
  • Sturge - What to say about Sturge? First, we have created a Go Fund Me to help with his addiction to CRAM's and personnel mines. Sturge brings his real-world experience to game in so many ways to the group with his mission making, working on the composition team and it was his suggestion that brought up the idea of sections. He is diligent in helping others, even with the complexity of mission-making.
  • Tom - The go-to tech guy of the group, Tom headed up the composition effort, manages the ACE medical settings and generally has helped keep the group on the straight and narrow
  • Section Leaders - A tough role within the group. EC sets a high bar to earn the role and the continuous effort to retain it. Faced with the constant feedback of 'I would've done it differently' from everyone and their dog. A special nod to Potts, Gary, Mike and James!
Final thoughts
Ironically, I came across some notes and ideas for this group a few days ago during a year-end cleaning of the cluttered closet. They were written long before the first video was created or even before a name for the group was finalized. All I could think when reading them was how much better and far beyond any expectations the group has become.

This group isn't what it is because of a video, we are what we are from the effort and dedication of every member. While the videos may show what we want to be, you the members make us what we are. As with anything in life, it's one thing to get to a moment, its far more work to maintain that place.

No one is perfect, we will all slip. It may be in effort, maybe in demeanor or just a silly, stupid mistake. The secret is to own it and be big enough to get up, dust yourself down and make sure not to do it again. Gary and I talk about past groups and past members but there were also past meltdowns and drama. I know he and I have worked hard to be better and measure ourselves against the past to make the future even better. Every member should do the same.

Members should apply this to every interaction they have and every role they take on. It may sound corny, but members should ask themselves if they're living up to the core values of the group and am I managing this role have had the honor of earning?

Managing a group to the high standard we set for 1st Air Assault is hard. Ask anyone who has been in another group. We will be asking for members to step up a little more in 2022 in a couple of ways.

So! Thank you to each and every one of you. Thank you for being here. It's always amazing to see everyone take the feedback, 'this was good but we can do better' and do just that, get better. Thank you for making the group what is and thank you for continuing to work in making the group what it will become.

There's an excellent saying, 'You always remember the good old days. I wish someone would've told me then I was in the middle of the good old days so a could treasure them more'. I hope everyone feels they're in those days with 1st Air Assault.

Be safe and have fun on this New Years Eve.
by Gary.B at 12-28-2021, 01:25 PM
With 2021 drawing to a close and a brand new year about to begin I thought it would be a good time to review all the members that celebrated an annual milestone during 2021.

Members Celebrating one full year of membership
  • Tom.H - Feb 2020
  • James.A - Mar 2020
  • Kemper.D - Apr 2020
  • Isaac.K - May 2020
  • Mike.R - May 2020
  • Rick.M - Jun 2020
  • Potts.C - Aug 2020
  • Sturge.P - Aug 2020
  • Hassett.R - Sep-2020
  • Obi.O - Sep 2020
  • Mark.C - Nov 2020
Members celebrating two full years of membership
  • Gary.B - Oct 2019
  • Rich.R - Oct 2019
  • Themelis.J - Dec 2019
Congratulations to everyone that achieved an annual milestone during 2021 and EC looks forward to celebrating with all current members the achievement of their personal annual milestone during 2022.
 
Gary.B
For EC
by Gary.B at 12-24-2021, 06:42 AM
Wishing you all a very merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Here's to 2022 and another year of great gaming with great people.


Gary
by Sturge.P at 12-22-2021, 01:45 PM
Team

The first operation of 2022 will be a Zeus op that will have a number of objectives and will involve some kind of crazy AT heavy aspect - as per McCoy and Cole's suggestions. To that end, please reply to this post with any specific mission ideas that you might like to see, as well as any maps (from within the current 1AA modpack), that you'd like the op to take place on. Please ensure that any suggestions are submitted no later than close of play 26 December 2021.

Sturge
by Rich.R at 12-18-2021, 10:16 AM
We are proud to announce Cladius.R has joined the brotherhood of 1st Air Assault.

Welcome to 1st Air Assault, we are lucky to have you!

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