Commentary

March 7, 2014

Leadership stresses importance of keeping families informed

Lt. Col Angela Spaith
Commander 755th Operations Support Squadron

The Air Force’s on-going force shaping initiatives affect more than our Airmen–they also affect our families. 

The concerns and questions Air Force families differ from those of a service member. Family members have few opportunities to engage with commanders and experts and large auditorium briefings and pages of personnel documents are not always the most conducive to answer specific questions. 

In an effort to inform family members about the future or direction of the Air Force, the 755th Operations Support Squadron has begun hosting spouses’ town hall meetings, discussing the Air Force’s latest force shaping boards. The first in a series of town halls was recently held to answer individual questions about different programs. 

Although 755th OSS spouses are invited to all of the commander’s calls and social events, the squadron wanted to provide an informal environment where family members could ask specific questions and provide an understanding of different programs as they are implemented. 

During the meeting, the 755th OSS will collect all of their spouses’ questions and post the responses on the squadron’s Facebook page, so that spouses are unable to attend the meetings still receive the information.

The 755th OSS will also have a representative from the Airman and Family Readiness Center available to answer the 755th OSS spouses’ questions about the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) and Montgomery GI Bill educational benefits. 

While it is important to keep families informed, commanders, first sergeants and superintendents should continue communicating directly with their Airmen affected by these force shaping boards. There are a number of resources available at D-M to help prepare Airmen for a transition into the civilian workforce, like the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Veteran’s Affairs and Reserve IMA’s. 

The 755th OSS is scheduled to host their next spouses’ town hall meeting March 1.




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