HomeNewsArticle Display

Virtual conference focuses on competition, resiliency

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, discusses resiliency initiatives with commanders, command chiefs and directors from across the command as part of the virtual spring commander’s conference. Leaders gathered through a number of communication platforms, for a China Symposium, Operational Plan table top exercise and resiliency discussion April 13 and 15, 2020.

Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander, discusses resiliency initiatives with commanders, command chiefs and directors from across the command as part of the virtual spring commander’s conference, April 14, 2020, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. Leaders gathered through a number of communication platforms, for a China Symposium, operational plan tabletop exercise and resiliency discussion April 13 – 15. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) -- In lieu of the normal in-person attendance, commanders, command chiefs and directors from across Pacific Air Forces connected virtually for the spring commander’s conference, including a China Symposium, operational plan tabletop exercise and resiliency discussion April 13 – 15.

“While the ongoing pandemic has certainly presented challenges to our ability for physical attendance, it was my determination that the information, discussion and collaboration from both our China Symposium and our semiannual conference, were too important to say it was too hard to execute,” said Gen. CQ Brown, Jr., Pacific Air Forces commander.

As with every conference, Brown’s vision for the event focused on enhancing leadership awareness, challenging our thinking, and driving collaboration and discussion across leadership at all levels.

“All of this is designed to make us think, increase our dialogue and make us better, to include how we might all change our perspective and understanding in a post-COVID world,” he said. “We should take full advantage of the things we’re doing differently now to think differently about how we approach the future.”

The China Symposium portion of the conference brought together experts from academia, think tanks and within the U.S. military to discuss opportunities to bolster understanding, identify ways to support and enable the Joint Force, allies and partners, and collaborate on ways to ensure the command is postured to compete, deter and win.

“This event really helped us gain a better understanding of where we are, where we need to be and where we need to go,” Brown said. “We are committed to our role in promoting long-term peace and prosperity and need to think about how each of us can address actions that threaten or undermine the rules-based international order.”

Discussion included the abundance of disinformation regarding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and the importance of our strong network of allies and partners to counter regional threats.

“We can’t overemphasize the need for transparency, cooperation and trust, not only with our allies and partners, but especially with our Airmen and families,” Brown said.

Transitioning to the broader conference discussion, Brown addressed a number of areas where the command has made progress since the fall gathering, to include an overhaul of Designed Operational Capability, or DOC, statements that define unit wartime capability, a command-wide review of exercise priorities, the Air Force-wide adoption of the Agile Combat Employment concept of operations, and an enhanced focus on initiatives to develop and ensure the resiliency of the force.

The timing also offered the opportunity to discuss how adaptations to preserve readiness and resiliency through COVID-19 should drive us in shaping a “new normal” across PACAF.

“We have to be ready to lead in the changes ahead, to include capturing what we’re doing right, where can we improve, and what can be eliminated or needs to be added,” he said. “And most importantly, how do we stay socially connected?”

A week prior, Brown and Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Johnson, PACAF command chief, released a video focused on just that, the importance of prioritizing social connection despite the physical distancing and travel restrictions in place to ensure health and safety of our Airmen and families.

For many units, their efforts since the fall CSAF-directed Resiliency Tactical Pause have paid dividends in today’s physically-distanced environment, to include the involvement of family and community members. That connection has expanded beyond the local area to many commanders and chiefs intentionally timing their virtual engagements to directly connect with family members around the globe.

“We’re inspired by the initiatives we’re seeing across the command and grateful for the opportunity to share ideas and best practices, and to identify where we need to leverage more resources,” Johnson said.

All in attendance applauded the work across the command from the medical community, chaplains, mental health providers, family life counselors and child care workers. A number of chiefs also highlighted Airmen-led initiatives that have taken hold, from dorm councils developing creative fitness solutions, to using social media to share talents, provide professional development and organize virtual events.

“Our mission hasn’t slowed and the need to care for one another hasn’t changed. They’ve evolved and will continue to evolve going forward,” Brown said. “We’re all in this together.”

Engage

Twitter
“It's critical to have that diversity in the Air Force that we have today because it is truly through that diversit… https://t.co/RIDQDjdlCr
Twitter
F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the 18th Aggressor Squadron @EielsonAirForce takeoff in support of exercise Valia… https://t.co/cf0raGgEUD
Twitter
RT @USAF_ACC: "This test, and others like it, can shape the future of the MQ-9, as we continue to increase its relevance in great power com…
Twitter
"We cannot rest on our laurels. It is all about the people, folks, and they will guarantee our readiness, and are f… https://t.co/BsNDUSw0wE
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: USAFCENT Airmen and coalition partners are executing missions of national, regional and global importance and Exercise Desert…
Twitter
In March 2019, @AFSpecOpsCmd received its first Block 30 AC-130J Ghostrider gunship. Referred to as “the ultimate b… https://t.co/V9FoDThYRQ
Twitter
As the Joint Force transitioned from a Continuous Bomber Presence posture in the Indo-Pacific theater to a Dynamic… https://t.co/u8JlA3GaeF
Twitter
As of August 2020, The 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, aka Hurricane Hunters, has flown 64 missions into 12 s… https://t.co/CFtHJ8HDXG
Twitter
.@AFGlobalStrike tackled B-1B readiness issues head-on by readying the fleet with a roadmap to recovery over a 2-yr… https://t.co/dEfZemGKbb
Twitter
As we celebrate 73 years of the U.S. Air Force, we remember the heroes we are proud to have served with. Today we… https://t.co/3pdHX3DvIn
Twitter
Flying, fighting and winning since 1947. #USAF73 https://t.co/qM28ykPZwt
Twitter
RT @AF_Academy: Proud to fly the @usairforce flag today and every day! Happy 73rd Birthday! #YourAcademy #FamilyWeek https://t.co/hOIs1ghq7M
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Today we honor the #heroes who knew the worst of war and the agony of captivity - those who fought for and lost their fre…
Twitter
RT @ArmyMateriel: Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to our brothers and sisters in the United States Air Force! #DYK The Air Force was…
Twitter
RT @JBABdc: Happy 73rd birthday, @usairforce! The USAF Band and Honor Guard were thrilled to help kick off the celebration on Fox & Friends…
Twitter
RT @AFSAHQ: Happy Birthday to the world's greatest @UsAirForce ! 73 years of excellence, service and sacrifice. Thank you to all the #Air
Twitter
RT @97AMW: Happy 73rd birthday @usairforce! As we celebrate today, we honor the heroism of our Airmen, past and present, who have been the…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,280,451
Follow Us