Employee Enhancement Program

Background
The Tinker Air Force Base "Employee Enhancement and Enrichment Program: (E-Cubed) was established early in 1997 to broaden the outlook of recently hired outstanding scholars and Palace Acquire interns. The "Employee Enhancement Program" (EEP) described here is an outgrowth of the original program and is intended for personnel who have been with the Federal Government for at least three years. To date, EEP has approximately 1546 graduates that have experienced significant personal and professional growth. The program includes some of the same features of the original program, including a team structure, senior advisors for each team, individual briefings by participants and tours of key Tinker organizations, but now includes personal and professional development, service projects and leadership development. In 2020, EEP was pleased to announce a pilot program allowing active duty military the ability to apply for the program based on rank requirements. As the program continues to grow, the reach and focus on total force integration will continue as well. Currently, EEP is the longest running professional development program at Tinker AFB.

Program Description
EEP is a 12 month employee development program for high-potential GS-9 through GS-12 (and Acq Demo/DP Maps grades) and WG-08 (includes WL/WS-09) through WS-14 employees. The program will broaden participants' knowledge of the mission, structure, and business activities of key organizations at Tinker Air Force Base and improve their management/leadership skills through workshops and projects. Participants will be assigned to a 25-30 person group. Each group will have a senior advisor (mentor) and a team leader. Teams will meet for one or two sessions each month. The exception will be in October where participants will have a 40 hour class-room orientation.

How to Apply

Applicant
To self-nominate for EEP, please read the instruction form below and submit the digital forms: EEP Resume and EEP Employee Assessment. The links for the forms are listed below. The resume and employee assessment must be submitted by the applicant only, by March 25, 2022, to 72fss.fsdet@us.af.mil

The subject line of your email MUST read: Last Name, First Name, EEP FY23 Application

Please note: only digital applications will be accepted. Handwritten applications will NOT be accepted.


Supervisor
To endorse your employee, please submit the supervisor endorsement to 72fss.fsdet@us.af.mil by March 25, 2022. The link for the form is listed below.

Please note: only digital supervisor endorsements will be accepted. Handwritten endorsements will NOT be accepted. As a supervisor, if you choose to not sign and return the form by March 25, 2022, the applicant will be automatically disqualified.


Please Note: Forms will NOT be accepted prior to Jan. 24, 2022.

EEP Self-Nomination Instructions (PDF)
EEP FY23 Applicant Assessment (PDF)
EEP FY23 Applicant Resume (PDF)
EEP FY23 Supervisor Endorsement (PDF)

Tinker Talks Podcast: What is the Employee Enhancement Program?

Tinker Talks - What is the Employee Enhancement Program?
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Audio by Paul Shirk
Jan. 14, 2022 | 35:10
In this episode of Tinker Talks, we discuss the Employee Enhancement Program with program manager, Wakita Oliver, and recent graduate, Josh Butler.

This episode is full of valuable information on the program and how to self-nominate when the data call window opens.

EEP is not just a program for someone wanting to be a supervisor, Oliver says.

“I try to give you the opportunities to have conversations with people [in various areas],” she added. “Mostly the program helps people see how they personally tie to the mission, which can help them with their career progression. If I don’t how I tie to the mission, what good is it to see where I can go next?”

Butler said one of the benefits of EEP being able to take lessons learned from the program back to the unit and help co-workers expand their horizons.

“Even if they’re too terrified or if they don’t get into EEP when they apply the first time, they still get those benefits because we organically take it back wherever we go,” he said.

Participants in the year-long program participate in group activities such as base tours, meetings with senior leaders and community service projects.

The program is open to civilians who are GS-09 to GS-12 (and their AcqDemo equivalents) and WG-08 to WS-14s (including WL/WS-09s) and who have completed three years of federal service.

Get more information on Tinker Air Force Base, including details on the EEP data call, on social media and the base website:

www.tinker.af.mil
Facebook and Instagram - @TinkerAirForceBase
Twitter - @Team_Tinker

Until next time, thanks for listening, thanks for sharing and stay safe out there and respect one another.
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