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ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS)– “National security is about us all – we’re in this together,” was the resounding message of the Association of Defense Communities National Defense Summit 2022 on March 8.

The annual event brings together senior Department of Defense leaders, community leaders, and members of Congress to advance issues that strengthen communities and support the military, including infrastructure, climate, housing, cost of living, education, spousal employment, childcare and resilience.

Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown, Jr.was one of the keynote speakers at the summit, where he spoke about the importance of collaboration among stakeholders.

“One of the things I did when I arrived was to write Accelerate change or lose. There was a key word I put in there, and I put it for a purpose – collaboration. The things we do, we can’t do on our own,” Brown said.

Recent examples of how Air Force and community leaders, with the support of Congress, have identified opportunities to modify facilities to better align with future Army design. air: preparations for the bed of four new missions to
Robins Air Force BaseGeorgia, as the Air Force begins to divest Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar Systemsand the approval of construction and renovation projects in Grand Forks Air Force BaseNorth Dakota, to allow the wing to develop and train crews in support of future intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

Brown explained that while challenges vary from location to location, the Air Force welcomes opportunities to improve mission readiness and increase quality of life for Airmen and families through partnerships with local communities.

Brown also stressed the need for predictable funding to ensure the success of an infrastructure strategy and action plans.

When asked how Congress can help the Air Force achieve its infrastructure strategy, Brown replied, “Give us a budget.

“Continued resolutions are bad,” he continued. “Over the past decade, we have only delivered one budget on time. It has been three years in the last 10 years that we have been in continuous resolutions. We are trying to accelerate change. When we can’t move on and get things done, we lose the trust of our
Airmen and their families and our industry partners.

Brown also spoke of the need to create resilient facilities to overcome future challenges arising from conflict and climate-related disasters, noting Tyndall AFB, Florida is the Department of the Air Force’s main proving ground The facilities of the future.

Edwin OshibaActing Air Force Assistant Secretary for Energy, Facilities, and the Environment, who also spoke at the summit, also noted the Air Force’s efforts to develop adaptation strategies for existing infrastructure and increase the resilience of newly built infrastructure to take climate change into account.

“In the face of climate change, the mission does not change: to fight and win the nation’s wars”, Oshiba said. “DAF’s priority is to improve our capabilities and increase our resilience, which has the added benefit of reducing our climate footprint. »

Sharene Brown, wife of Air Force Chief of Staff General CQ Brown, Jr., also spoke at the event to highlight the top five quality of life issues facing families of military and how communities can help.

She explained “five and prosperaims to improve the quality of life of our military families in five priority areas: childcare, education, health, housing and spousal employment. By highlighting preventative measures, promoting best practices, and fostering community partnerships in these five areas, we want to provide our military families with the best opportunities to thrive.

Just as civilian communities want access, availability, and affordability of the best for their families, so do military families. Ms. Brown mentioned some best practices of partnerships formed between local communities and base facilities that are currently meeting the needs of military families. In education, Malmstrom AFBMontana, recently associated with their local community to create a pilot pre-K program, the Career Development Internship Program, and will also host an Educator Summit to better address the challenges of educating our military children.

In Northern California, a community partnership provides child care subsidies to help offset the cost of child care in that area.

Ms Brown also pointed to the Thrive Spouse Guide which was created by spouses, for spouses, to help navigate the military lifestyle and can be found on the Five and Thrive website.

Both Brown and his wife thanked community members in attendance for their continued support of the Airmen and their families.

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