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Hundreds of feet pounding the wrestling mats echoed in the fitness center. A stern looking man instructed the students to not remove their hand from the ground before planting their feet on the floor.
“Base!” the participants yelled as they stood in the position of combat base.
“Get low and maintain a perpendicular base,” said Rener Gracie, the Gracie Academy Women Empowered self-defense seminar instructor.
In an effort to reduce the frequency of sexual assaults in the armed forces, the Gracie Academy created the Women Empowered Gracie Defense Systems. The program is tailored to target sexual assault scenarios in the military by teaching Gracie Jiu-Jitsu techniques to nearly 100 Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., members from Nov. 11 to 15.
“What makes the Gracie Defense Systems so unique is that the techniques are effective both in stranger related sexual assaults and in nonstranger sexual assaults,” Gracie said.
The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency officially stood up during a transition ceremony Nov. 13.
Following manpower cuts last year, Air Force leaders designed AFICA, a field operating agency that reports directly to the deputy assistant secretary for contracting, to ensure bases around the world receive the installation contracting services they need to remain mission-ready.
“This new field operating agency will help us usher in a new era of support to our customers by maximizing our precious and scarce resources,” said Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, the deputy assistant secretary for contracting.
The redesignation will not require personnel to move from their current location, as the organization intends to take advantage of virtual environments. AFICA will maintain existing contracting staffs as operating locations at each supported major command headquarters along with specialized contract execution capability at current locations supporting Air Education and Training Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and Pacific Air Forces.
Air Mobility Command officials recently introduced an innovative tool that is transforming the command’s process for gathering and prioritizing Command, Control, Communications, Computers and Intelligence, or C4I, requirements, and will soon be expanded to include other requirements.
The Enterprise Requirements Evaluation Tool, or ERET, streamlines the C4I requirements process giving senior leaders the information they need to make decisions on the command’s C4I investments, ultimately providing Airmen the capabilities they need to accomplish the mission. The tool, developed collaboratively by personnel in three headquarters AMC directorates, was built completely within existing resources; it simply took some creativity to bring it to life.
When a program or platform needs to be modified or upgraded — for example, information technology or aircraft — personnel submit a requirement to the capability’s designated Requirements and Planning Council, or R&PC. R&PCs gather requirements from across the command then prioritize them based on areas such as mission criticality, risk and available funding. Once “racked and stacked,” senior leaders make the final determination on which requirements will receive investment funding.
Service members’ families also serve the nation and are the force behind the total force, a senior Defense Department official recently said.
“Our military members are as effective as they can be because of the support their families provide them,” Barbara Thompson, the director of DOD’s office of family policy and children and youth told American Forces Press Service and the Pentagon Channel. “(DOD) wants to make sure the people who are important in the lives of our service members — spouses, children, parents, partners, aunts, uncles, siblings and cousins — are part of the military family.”
Military Family Month recognizes the sacrifices and contributions that family members make for national security, Thompson said, adding that it’s important for families to know the country appreciates their tireless efforts to support their service members and communities.
During Military Family Month, military installations will vary in their celebrations to recognize families, and family support centers will offer information on what’s available, Thompson said.