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Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones visited Air UniversityFeb. 15, to gain a better understanding of developing future leaders and training officers, enlisted and civilian forces through the range of professional military training offered.

the trip highlighted the breadth of the AU mission and its career-long impact on Airmen and Custodians and leadership and professional development, highlighting the curriculum modernization and finding new ways to attract and retain Airmen and Guardians at all phases of engagement with the AU. For many, the UA is the first lasting impression of joining the military and serving in the Air Force and space force.

“We need to develop more military and civilian leaders. Whether it’s four years or 20 years, we want them to have a wonderful career,” Jones mentioned. “The AU footprint is massive, spanning our JROTC and AFROTC detachments, AN ADJUSTMENT, Maxwell and Gunter, to name a few. Our instructors are instrumental in shaping the culture and guiding the careers of our Airmen and Guardians.

During her visit, Jones lunched with enlisted Airmen, attended briefs with AU leaders, visited the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Membership and Citizen Development, and spoke with Air Warfare College students and the newly selected chief master sergeants at the Chef Orientation Course.

Jones recalled the impact the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps had on her while she was at John Jay High School in San Antonio. The culture, leadership experience, and scholarship opportunity played an influential role in his pursuit of ROTC in college and, ultimately, service in the Air Force.

Jones commended the staff for their increased efforts to seek out the unique considerations that empower people to serve, especially in underrepresented groups and the talents the service needs.

“The steps Air University takes to learn how people can serve better, show them and their families how they will be treated in the military, and identify the more nuanced barriers people face in deciding serve and continue to serve, matters,” Jones mentioned. “We have to compete for the best and the most talented in the country, it’s a mission imperative.”

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