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Command IA Coordinator (CIAC) Management

As described in CIAC 101, all Navy commands with Sailors either:

  • departing on IA assignments
  • currently on an IA assignment
  • or having returned from an IA assignment within the past nine months

...shall have a Command IA Coordinator (CIAC) designated in writing by the CO or OIC, and designated in NFAAS.  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 responsibiliites can be delegated to E-6s and E-5s, but the accountability for the program must remain with a designated E-7 or above.

Resources for Establishing, Training and Managing CIACs

  • Establishing
    • IA Gram #3 provides detailed guidance and policy for each command to follow in establishing and running an effective CIAC program. 
  • Training
    • The CIAC Basic Training Course is offered via Navy Knowledge Online (NKO). The first of three mandatory courses for CIACs is now available. It is mandatory for all CIACs.
    • CIACs should be signed up to receive the CIAC Paddle, a newsletter hilighting need-to-know gouge and target focus areas for IA program improvement.
    • CIACs should have a thorough grasp of NFAAS utilization. The NFAAS CIAC Defense Connect Online (DCO) training is extremely valuable. CIACS should attend this online training, but it is available to COs, XOs and CMCs/SELs. The schedule, dial-in details and web link can be found on the NFAAS homepage under "Online Training."
  • Management: NFAAS is the common operating picture (COP) used to ensure the CIAC is doing their duties in accordance with policy.  There are many ways to spotcheck that the CIAC is doing their job.
    • It is recommended that the CO, XO and CMC/SEL be granted CIAC role to NFAAS by the Commanding Officer Representative (COR).
    • Once logged into NFAAS, click the Cmd IA Files tab.  Type in your UIC under the Sailor Support UIC tab, then click Find.
    • Review the column listed Contact Interval (Days Since Contact) for Sailor.  The minimum contact rate for each sailor is 30 days.  Numbers larger than 30 should be scrutinized.
    • Further detail for each IA Sailor can be found by clicking on the IA File number for the Sailor.
    • The Reports tab is a another source to use in reviewing command IA data.  Two common reports utilized are located on the right side of the page:      IA Command Summary Report - by Chain of Command and IA Command Summary Report - by UIC.  Both reports can be downloaded to an Excel file for easier viewing and manipulation.
    • You can perform your own self-assessment of your program using this self-assessment checklist.

As the Executive Agent for IAs, USFF continues to receive feedback from IA Sailors through various surveys.  Likewise, USFF reviews CIAC contact periodicity reports and will reach out to commands when the data shows low contact rate or other indicators that the CIAC program may need assistance. 

Your continued and renewed support to the IA Sailors serving in these important missions, as well as their families, is critical.  CNO and USFF are firmly committed to improving IA Sailor and Family support and welcomes your suggestions to achieve that objective.