Command IA Coordinator (CIAC) Information
A CIAC (pronounced "kayak") is the Command Individual Augmentee (IA) Coordinator, and is the essential link between the Parent Command and the IA Sailor and their family. The information below covers the 'why,' 'who,' and 'how' of being a CIAC.
Why a CIAC?
All Navy commands with Sailors departing on IA assignments, currently on an IA assignment, or having returned from an IA assignment within the past nine months shall have a CIAC designated in writing by the CO or OIC, and designated in NFAAS. This applies to all Active Component (AC) and Reserve Component (RC) Commands with a Unit Identification Code (UIC). The CIAC must be E-7 or above unless the CO grants an exemption due to non-availability of an E-7 or above in the command. For larger commands, CIAC duties can be delegated among E-6 and E-5 but the accountability for the program falls on the designated E-7 or above.
Who is a CIAC?
Navy Operational Support Centers (NOSC) shall have a designated CIAC to support FTS/AC staff assigned to the NOSC as well as mobilized RC Sailors and their families. As stated above, the CIAC must be E-7 or above unless the CO grants an exemption due to non-availability of an E-7 or above in the command. For larger NOSCs, CIAC duties can be distributed among E-6 and E-5 but the responsibility for the program falls on the designated E-7 or above.
What is a CIAC?
- The CIAC does not replace the Command Ombudsman, but instead acts in liaison with the Ombudsman in supporting the command's IA Sailors and their families.
- The CIAC should be the first point of contact for the IA Sailor and their family if there are problems/questions/issues at anytime during their IA deployment.
- The CIAC should also be the command's subject matter expert on all matters as they relate to IAs, and will ensure that their IA Sailors are prepared for deployment (completed all requirements as noted on the Sailor's orders and in the checklist), supported throughout the deployment cycle, and welcomed back home, as directed in IA Gram #5 (NAVADMIN 099/09).
- A proactive and involved CIAC can make the difference between a negative and a positive IA tour.
How do you become an effective CIAC?