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MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Alabama —
Air Force Undersecretary Gina Ortiz Jones visited the Air University, Feb. 15, 2022, to gain a deeper understanding of future leadership enlistment and education. officer, enlisted and civilian force through the range of professional military training offered.
“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 said. “The AU footprint is huge, covering 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.
The visit highlighted the breadth of the AU mission and its career-long impact on the leadership and professional development of Airmen and Custodians, highlighting the modernization of the program and the search for new ways to attract and retain Airmen and Custodians throughout 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.
Jones recalled the impact the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps had on her while attending John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas. 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 to serve and to 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.”
Jones visit included lunch with enlisted Airmen, mission briefs with Air University leaders and the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officer Accessions and Citizen Developmentand speaking to Air War College students and the Chief’s Orientation Course held here for newly selected Chief Master Sergeants.