CSAF launches new initiative to improve communication with Airmen

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WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- As part of a series of recent efforts to enhance communication with Airmen, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III released the first of a new video series called “Airman to Airman.”


With all the issues facing the department over the last year, Welsh said the videos serve as an opportunity to inform Airmen on the challenges ahead, but more importantly, to help them understand the logic behind certain decisions.


“This is about keeping you informed about what the Air Force’s position is on certain issues and challenges,” Welsh said. “We must do better at communicating these issues with our Airmen, they need to hear the whys and understand the reasons decisions are being made.”


In his first message, Welsh talks about one of the repercussions of sequestration – becoming a smaller Air Force.

“How much smaller remains to be seen… it will be a balance between capability, capacity and readiness that we’re going to be walking through the next 10 years,” Welsh says in the video. “You just need to know that we’re spending a lot of time and energy trying to figure out how to do this the right way.”


In addition to Welsh’s video messages, Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody meets with Airmen for roundtables and other broadcast forums, they brought back Roll Call in September, and Welsh and Cody are both active on social media.


“Airmen have questions and concerns -- we need to be there to provide answers and address these concerns,” Cody said.


The “Airman to Airman” videos will be distributed on af.mil, the Air Force Portal and various social media platforms.


To view the first video, click here