Engaging the Enlisted Force
In a wide-ranging talk, the service's new top enlisted airman hit key areas of concern.
—Tamar A. Mehuron
Perhaps most importantly, the new Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, speaking Wednesday at AFA's Air & Space Conference, exhorted airmen to "think and act like we're at war" and, particularly urged them: "Don't take shortcuts."
"What we cannot afford is to lose an individual because of a shortcut," said Roy. He recalled that it had already happened in the case of a civil engineer specialist who attempted to shortcut work in defusing an improvised explosive device.
Talking about career building and improving joint operations, Roy encouraged enlisted airmen to take advantage of joint and coalition professional military education opportunities. He said, "We don’t do anything by ourselves anymore, so that PME is very important."
Roy noted coalition PME courses held recently in Singapore and in Canada, saying, "I want to open those doors some more; I think you airmen are ready for it."
Roy also outlined the four key areas of emphasis for the Air Force's Year of the Family program: Airmen and Family Support; Education; Health and Wellness; and Employment. Central to family support, he said, is child care.
"A 24-hour child care center is not going to happen," he said, but the service is considering some form of enhanced care. USAF has been successful, he said, in getting a few more child care centers on bases.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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