Hanscom Air Force Base   Right Corner Banner
Join the Air Force

News > JFC gives young professionals a chance to be heard, network
JFC gives young professionals a chance to be heard, network

Posted 1/6/2011   Updated 1/6/2011 Email story   Print story

    


by Sarah Olaciregui
66th Air Base Group Public Affairs


1/6/2011 - HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. -- Hanscom's Junior Force Council is hard at work to improve the quality of work life for junior government employees and wants to make sure base personnel are aware of the opportunities available.

The Junior Force Council is for government employees with less than 10 years of service who are GS-12s and below. Membership is also open to company grade officers and all enlisted members.

There are six main purposes to JFC, according to Billy Robinson, Hanscom's JFC president.

"One of these purposes is to provide a feedback loop from junior members to senior leadership and back," he said. "Also, encouraging recruitment and retention, supplying professional and personal development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, providing charitable opportunities and encouraging a culture of mentoring for the junior force are the other purposes."

The council can be beneficial in other areas, as well.

"JFC is a great opportunity to learn about Hanscom, ESC [Electronic Systems Center], the Air Force, cross functional issues, activities and other important information that often someone new to the government does not have the chance to learn about," said Kanna Annamalai-Brown, JFC vice president. "It is also a great forum to express concerns and ideas that affect the entire base. Sometimes little things can get answered, such as, 'How do I get something corrected on my civilian career brief?' or the issues can be bigger and more systemic."

Throughout the year, the council holds monthly meetings. During most meetings a senior leader from the base is invited to speak on relevant topics and to network with JFC members.

The group is also working on a base-wide mentorship program with cooperation and assistance from ESC. In addition, JFC is planning to present an anti-bullying workshop with other base services and organizing a fundraising drive to help a community charity.

"JFC has given me a greater sense of belonging to the larger base community," said Ms. Annamalai-Brown. "It has afforded me the opportunity to work with a great group of people. I have met so many great people doing this and I have learned lots of things crucial to my career and personal development that I would not have learned otherwise."
The group works with other base organizations, as well.

"We have been having lunch with members of the CGOC [Company Grade Officers Council]," said Mr. Robinson. "We also work with AFCEA [Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association]."

Anyone who meets the criteria is automatically eligible to become a member of JFC. The council meets the second Wednesday of each month from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Education and Training Center and there is no cost to join or attend meetings and activities. The next meeting is Jan. 12.

For further information about the Junior Force Council, contact Mr. Robinson at 781-377-0155.



tabComments
No comments yet.  
Add a comment

 Inside Hanscom AFB

ima cornerSearch

tabMission NewsRSS feed 
JSTARS Recap stands up as division, moves toward MDA approval

Hanscom working to provide 5th and 4th gen aircraft common tactical picture

Center commander to present State of LCMC in January

Warfighters reap benefits as critical upgrades continue

Hanscom to assist Qatar with air and missile defense system

Cyber summit: Air Force speaks on weapons systems, information dominance and resilience

Hanscom key to Air Force cyber weapons

Members of Hanscom's directorates honored at LCMC Acquisition Management Awards

tabHanscom NewsRSS feed 
AF announces no involuntary force management programs for FY15

Hanscom Leadership Symposium scheduled

Lean thinking, process improvement highlight Busch's time at AFMC

Air Force Reserve helps to fill AFMC leadership roles

Key facility to get upgrades, along with new name and mission

New allotment rule protects troops from lending scams

AFMC encourages workforce to stay safe and drive sober for the holidays

SrA and below EPR static closeout date to be March 31

Hanscom hosts recognition for local Medal of Honor recipient

tabNews Briefs and HappeningsRSS feed 
Upcoming events

News in Brief

School Notes

tabCommentaryRSS feed 
Holiday reflection illuminates successful year

Holiday greetings from the base commander

tabPhoto FeatureRSS feed 
Photo feature: This week at Hanscom, Dec. 16

tabFeaturesRSS feed 
Hanscom employee saves life

School liaison looks to meet families' educational goals


Site Map      Contact Us     Questions     USA.gov     Security and Privacy notice     E-publishing  
Suicide Prevention    SAPR   IG   EEO   Accessibility/Section 508   No FEAR Act