Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama –
Air Force Deputy Secretary Gina Ortiz Jones visited the Air University on February 15, 2022 to gain a deeper understanding of how to take on future leaders and train officers, military and civilian troops through a wide range of professional military education.
“We need to develop more military and civilian leaders. Whether it’s four or 20 years, we want them to have a great career, ”Jones said. “The footprints of the AU are huge, covering our teams JROTC and AFROTC, AFIT, Maxwell and Günther, and these are some of them. Our instructors play an important role in shaping the culture and mentoring careers of our aviators and guardians. ”
The visit highlighted the scale of the AU mission and its impact over a long career on the leadership and professional development of pilots and guardians, emphasizing modernizing the curriculum and finding new ways to engage and retain pilots and guardians at all stages of AU engagement. For many, the AU is the first and lasting impression of enlisting in the army and serving in the Air Force and Space Forces.
Jones recalled the impact the corps of junior reserve officers had on her while studying at John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas. Culture, leadership experience, and scholarship opportunities played an influential role in the fact that she received a ROTC in college and eventually enrolled in the Air Force.
Jones thanked staff for stepping up efforts to find unique opinions that allow people to serve, especially in underrepresented groups and the talents the service needs.
“The steps that Air University is taking to learn how people can serve better, show them and their families how they will be treated in the military, and identify the subtle barriers that people face when deciding to serve and continue to serve, ”Jones said. “We have to fight for the best and most talented in the country, it’s a mission imperative.”
Jones ‘visit included a luncheon with military pilots, a summary of missions with the heads of the Air University and the Jeanne M. Holm Center for Officers and Citizens’ Admissions, and a speech to Air Force College students and an orientation course for newly elected sergeants. .