ABG leaders layout way ahead during commander’s call

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – 66th Air Base Group leaders discussed updates and ongoing initiatives during a commander’s call here Jan. 11.

Col. Taona Enriquez, 66 ABG commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Alan Weary, 66 ABG command chief, introduced the group’s strategic plan to members of the workforce. The “Hanscom 2024 Road Map” includes four distinct lines of effort: bolster management of resources, build better Airmen, upgrade installation services, and enhance mission execution and readiness.

“Small wins will amount to big wins as we achieve our vision, and we need you to be a part of it,” Enriquez said. “This is our Air Force, and our installation, and together we can make a difference.”

The 66 ABG plan aligns with the recently announced Air Force Materiel Command Strategic Plan.

The commander and chief also noted “big wins” at the Department of Defense-level, including the recent 12.1 percent basic housing allowance increase that took effect this month, as well as the updated career model for “Civilians We Need.”

“Now every civilian Airman, here and across the Air Force, has options when it comes to balancing their personal and professional goals so they can be more agile in their work centers,” said Weary.

The command team also highlighted civilian professional development opportunities that are open now through Feb. 17.

At the base level, Enriquez highlighted command- and center-level award winners and lauded the 66th Security Forces Squadron for their continued efforts to vet ride-share drivers access to the installation, and said the squadron is working to support Uber Eats.

“This is another example of how we’re ensuring we keep our installation community connected,” she said.

The leaders also addressed telework and remote work, as outlined by Air Force Materiel Command last month.

“Our posture is agile and organic, and based on our [Strategic Plan] lines of effort,” said Weary. “We will shift in how we man and focus in order to meet the demand of our mission.”

Enriquez discussed results from a 2022 Defense Organizational Climate Survey, or DEOCS survey.

“We had fantastic input from around the installation about how we can continue to improve our work centers,” she said. “You all are driving the change forward, and the chief and I are responsible to steer us.”

The call opened with a briefing from the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center-Hanscom Acquisition Intelligence Division.

“We’re going to put a focus on near-peer competition and how it folds into everything that we do here at Hanscom,” said Weary.

Officials also announced the return of the Team Hanscom quarterly and annual awards program in 2023.

The next 66 ABG commander’s call is scheduled to take place in April.