AF Reserve News

Yellow Ribbon reveres military children
Dominick Lopez and Kyera Rowe, both children of military parents who recently deployed, participate in a dance-off contest during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in Chicago, April 21, 2018. The children also were awarded certificates of accomplishment as part of the Month of the Military Child program celebrated annually during the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Mota)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of National Guard Bureau, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. Miller met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks to the audience at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown (D-4th) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C., April13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command, prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
Component chiefs for the Guard and Reserve prepare to be seated prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

AF and civic leaders work to build stronger bases

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson and Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson listen to civic leaders during an Air Force Civic Leader Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Md., Feb. 15, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air Force civic leaders from across the U.S. traveled to Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, to engage directly with Air Force senior leaders on the service’s top installation and communities priorities at the Air Force Civic Leader Conference held Feb. 13-15, 2018.

“The most important thing for us when we look at bases is the mission -- we are values driven and mission focused,” said Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson. “What matters most to our Airmen in regards to their communities is quality of life, which includes world class schools and reciprocity for licensure.”

Civic leaders agreed, working together is paramount in building a strong partnership, in order to increase mission efficiency and mitigate the challenges Airmen face outside of the workplace.

“Mutually beneficial collaboration to support key community and base initiatives utilizes combined resources more efficiently and produces meaningful results in a much timelier manner,” said Brad Hegeman, chief of staff of the Air Force civic leader from Arkansas.

In most cases, the quality of life standards for Airmen and their dependents have a direct impact on the mission, including one of the Air Force’s biggest challenges, the pilot shortage.

According to the U.S. Air Force Optimize Aircrew Retention Crowdsourcing Pulse #1 survey, 62 percent of 2,620 Airmen agreed improved school opportunities for children around military facilities could have a positive impact on aircrew retention.

“Airmen care a lot about the education their children receive,” said Wilson. “The base commander and the local school district must work together to meet the needs of their community and become a base of choice for Airmen because they’ve heard that the schools are fantastic.”
Along with quality of the schools available to Airmen and their families, following a permanent change of station, spouses face difficulties with the length of time it takes to transfer professional licensures and certifications between states and the out-of-pocket expenses those transfers accumulate.

“This is an important issue for the Air Force and the Department of Labor is also addressing it because it inhibits the mobility of the workforce as a whole,” said Wilson. “Reciprocity matters a lot to the families of our Airmen.”

Wilson encouraged the civic leaders to focus on strengthening relationships at the local level and help new wing commanders.

“We are trying to delegate a lot more authority and give the local commanders a lot more latitude to get after their mission,” she said. “You can expect from us a lot more local control, a lot more authority at the wing commander level without having to deal with too much bureaucracy above them so they can get after the problems that are at the highest priority in their communities.”

The multi-day conference also provided a strategic perspective to the civic leaders, something they said will help to build better support for Airmen within their sphere of influence.

“This allows for much broader mission support… a better understanding of unique needs for Air Force families within the community builds that strong relationship which allows everyone to work as partners in solving shared problems,” said Murray Viser, Headquarters Air Force civic leader from Louisiana.