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NEWS | Aug. 17, 2006

Base career assistance advisor offers valuable service to Team Charleston

By Senior Airman Alice Moore 437 AW Public Affairs

A former member of the 437th Operations Support Squadron recently became Team Charleston's new career assistance advisor. 

Master Sgt. Timothy Kelly, who has been at the base for four years, recently took on the role of being the principle advisor to commanders and supervisors for retention issues. 

Although the CAA acts as a primary advisor to commanders, Sergeant Kelly also spends time assisting supervisors with talking to subordinates about the benefits of an Air Force career. 

The CAA uses supervisors as force multipliers to address retention barriers and to maximize the benefits of existing programs.
The CAA also works with the Air Force Reserves and recruiters to advertise the benefits and opportunities of the Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard duty. 

"Even though my real job is retention, I also focus on helping Airmen make wise career decisions based on their rights and the benefits the Air Force provides," Sergeant Kelly said. "I also emphasize the importance of personal goals and values." 

Sergeant Kelly said he spends a lot of his time trying to spread the word of Air Force benefits by face-to-face contact. 

"I visit squadrons, build rapport, disseminate information and determine factors affecting retention," he said. "I help determine local factors that negatively influence career decisions and develop programs to address those concerns."
Sergeant Kelly also said the time he spends can help impact Airmen no matter where they are in their career. 

"The most important part of my job is ensuring the troops have career plans and make wise decisions," he said. "I also want to remind everyone that the CAA is not for just our young Airmen." 

For more information call Master Sgt. Kelly at 963-2768.