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ARPC commander shares nine lines

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  • By Lt. Col. Belinda Petersen
  • ARPC Public Affairs
The commander of the Air Reserve Personnel Center talked about his expectations during his first commander's call here March 6.

Brig. Gen. Jay Flournoy, who became the 32nd ARPC commander Jan. 25, called his expectations nine lines. "As long as we follow the nine lines, everything else will take care of itself," he said.

His nine lines:

1. Live the Air Force core values 24/7, on/off base, in/out of uniform
2. Treat others how you want to be treated
3. Hold yourself and others accountable
4. Be fit to fight year round (military)
5. Be mission ready year round
6. Use your chain of command
7. Be a good Wingman
8. Maintain a culture of compliance
9. Have fun!

Flournoy emphasized accountability. "Hold yourselves and others accountable. From the youngest Airmen and the youngest civilian in this room, I expect you to hold me accountable and me to hold you accountable. That's what will make this a great place and ensure we are all complying with the standard," he said.

Another line he talked about was always being fit to fight, not fit to test. "Build a culture of fitness because I need you to be ready to go," Flournoy said. "For the military, when you are down range, you never know when you may be called to carry the weight of a wounded warrior. But also for the civilians, when you retire from this center, I want you to live a long and prosperous life because you earned it. You can't do that if you are not here." The general encouraged civilians to take advantage of the Department of Defense policy of allowing three hours per week to participate in fitness activities during duty hours.

As a general schedule civilian himself, Flournoy understands the rules and differences between civilian and military personnel. And at the end of the day, he wants everyone to have fun. The general explained, "When we work in an environment where everyone is treated with respect, we maintain a culture of compliance, and we watch out for each other, my hope is that we will say, 'wow, that was fun,' not 'phew, glad that's over.'"