Exceptional performer promotion nominations due by April 6 Published March 28, 2012 By Debbie Gildea Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Stripes for Exceptional Performers nomination packages meeting the Central STEP Board and the Combatant Command Board are due to the Air Force Personnel Center enlisted promotions section by April 6, AFPC officials said. The fiscal year 2012 central and COCOM boards will meet April 23-24, according to SMSgt. Jeff Noxon, enlisted promotions and training superintendent. The STEP promotion program offers commanders a limited opportunity to immediately promote enlisted members to staff sergeant, technical sergeant or master sergeant. STEP promotions recognize Airmen who exhibit exceptional potential, said Sergeant Noxon. "The STEP program is a tool commanders can use to promote people that, in the commander's eyes, are deserving of immediate promotion." he said. "When Airmen know that the possibility exists that they could be spot promoted, it gives them additional reason to do their best work." For more full nomination criteria and package requirements, or information about other personnel issues, visit the Air Force Personnel Services website at https://gum-crm.csd.disa.mil.