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AFMC We Need team to conduct focus groups across enterprise

Yancy Mailes, Air Force Materiel Command historian, provides background information on the AFMC We Need initiative during cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 15. More than 150 AFMC headquarters and center augmentees attended the training to prepare for the implementation of Phase II activities of the AFMC We Need initiative.

Yancy Mailes, Air Force Materiel Command historian, provides background information on the AFMC We Need initiative during cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, July 15. More than 150 AFMC headquarters and center augmentees attended the training to prepare for the implementation of Phase two activities of the AFMC We Need initiative. (U.S. Air Force photo)

More than 150 civilian, contractor and military personnel attended the AFMC We Need cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, July 15. The cadre team will play a key role in Phase II of the AFMC We Need initiative and travel to command operating locations to conduct focus group interviews over the next few weeks.

More than 150 civilian, contractor and military personnel attended the AFMC We Need cadre training at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, July 15. The cadre team will play a key role in Phase two of the AFMC We Need initiative and travel to command operating locations to conduct focus group interviews over the next few weeks. (U.S. Air Force photo)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The Air Force Materiel Command’s AFMC We Need team will travel to operating locations across the command footprint, including Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts, July 22-26, to conduct in-person focus groups.

The AFMC We Need enterprise-wide initiative, launched in late June, seeks inputs and recommendations from AFMC civilian and military Airmen that can help posture the command to best support the National Defense Strategy today and in the decades to come.

“We’re nearing the end of phase one of the initiative, which centered on AFMC headquarters and the launch of the online feedback questionnaire. To date we’ve received nearly 2,000 responses and have started the process of analyzing the data to identify trends,” said Col. Patrick McDonnell, AFMC We Need operational team lead. “Phase two will focus on gathering data from our center and wing personnel. The online questionnaire will remain open for inputs through mid-August.”

Select personnel from across the command will travel to AFMC headquarters for training and to support focus groups at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, July 15 through 19. Teams will then commence travel to AFMC operating locations July 22, with focus groups at Eglin AFB, Florida; Warner-Robins Air Logistics Center, Georgia; Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; Gunter-Maxwell AFB, Alabama; and Holloman AFB, N.M., July 22 through 26.

The team will also travel to Edwards AFB, California; Hill AFB, Utah; and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, July 30 through Aug. 1; as well as Arnold Engineering Development Complex, Tennessee; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and Scott AFB, Illinois, Aug. 6 through 8.

Leadership at each AFMC location has identified individuals to participate in the focus group events. Select AFMC and Air Force leaders will also take part in one-on-one interviews. All AFMC Airmen have the opportunity to provide recommendations and inputs through the online questionnaire.

“This is an opportunity for everyone to participate and help shape our command for the future. We strongly encourage everyone to contribute, either online or in person, should the opportunity arise,” said McDonnell.

The AFMC We Need initiative aims to highlight opportunities and challenges across the mission footprint, from research and development to test and evaluation, acquisition, sustainment and installation and mission support. At the end of the study, a series of recommendations will be provided to AFMC leadership for review and potential action.

To learn more about the AFMC We Need study and how to participate, visit the AFMC We Need website at https://www.afmc.af.mil/About-Us/AFMCweNeed. The questionnaire is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/AFMCWeNeed.

Study updates will be posted to the website and across AFMC social media channels as they become available.