|The Langley Crier
"From the President"
Wow, I can’t say how proud I am of the Langley Chapter. We’ve
pulled off an incredible quarter and we are in the midst of planning
for the next! If you’re not actively part of the Langley Chapter,
you’re missing out. Our monthly meetings continue to provide both
a chance to learn more about what’s going on both on base and
across the Air Force. I want to thank Col Jason Hinds, 1 FW/CC and
Col Johnathan Rice, 363 ISRW/CC for speaking to the chapter in January
and March respectively. The chance to hear about what your
Wings are doing every day for our nation’s defense -- the dedication, the sacrifice and the
professionalism of your Airmen -- is a story worth telling.
In February we had the opportunity to welcome my former wing commander, Lt Gen Jack
Shanahan for our first ISR Focused Event. Gen Shanahan, the Director of Defense Intelligence
(Warfighter Support) came down to Langley for the express purpose of spending
time with the Langley Airmen and our AFA Chapter for a series of briefings about Project
MAVEN and the newly released National Defense Strategy. He held an officer’s call at the
Top Secret level up in DGS-1 and an all-call in the base theater for all ranks. Finally, hespoke at our February chapter meeting at the unclassified level. In all, over 350 Airmen
were able to hear him talk about the future of emerging technologies in the ISR enterprise
as well as the challenges our senior military leaders are facing in today’s dangerous world.
The other big event this quarter was
the AFA National Air Warfare Symposium.
The Langley Chapter was well
represented. We had a number of
Chapter members from industry attend
as exhibitors in the technology expo
associated with the symposium. In
addition, each of the active duty wings
attended in force. All of those wings
had both senior leadership as well as a
number of Airmen attend the event as
a professional development opportunity.
The ACC staff had a full complement as well. Finally, our own essay contest winners,
TSgts Bahnan Black, Jessica Field and Anastasia Simmons attended every event at the symposium
including the Board of Directors meeting following the Symposium. TSgt Black was
kind enough to share his thoughts on the Symposium, you can read them in this edition of
the Crier -- I found them fascinating. What I took from the Symposium is that General
Goldfein is looking to our Airmen for innovative ideas moving forward because he knows
that our Airmen are the true asymmetric advantage we have over any potential adversaries.
One last word before I move on to preview some of the events in the next quarter. We had a chance to say congratulations and farewell to the first command chief of the 363 ISRW. CMSgt Kathryn Kelly retired inJanuary after 30 years of service. She was hand-picked to be the Wing’s first Command Chief and guided the organization
through its formative years. At the same time, we had the privilege of welcoming CMSgt Stefan Blazier to the team. I believe
the 363d is in great hands and he’s going to be a great partner for our chapter.
Looking forward to the spring, we’ve got a lot on our plates. The AFA Langley Chapter Symposium and Salute to Team Langley
is coming up quickly, starting April 11th. I hope you can stop by for the event—it will be a great professional development
event. Later in April I will be going up to Richmond to attend the Virginia AFA sponsored JROTC Drill Meet. This is a great
opportunity to see the next generation of Air Force leaders. In May we will be honoring our Teacher of the Year with an
event on the campus of Regent University. Finally, don’t miss the AFA presence at the Langley Airshow May 18-20. We’ve
got the best chapter in AFA, come out and be a part of it—your AFA.
President, Langley AFA Chapter
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