23d Wing CC talks People, Goals, AFA at All Call
By Andrea Jenkins, 23d Wing Public Affairs
/ Published September 27, 2018
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Col. Jennifer Short, 23d Wing commander, held a series of commander’s calls, Sept. 24, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.
During the commander’s calls, Short reflected on the previous year’s accomplishments, laid out goals for the future and updated Team Moody Airmen on local and national objectives and initiatives. Short also reiterated the 23d Wing’s priorities of deploy, develop, care and prepare and recognized superior performers from each group whose hard work and dedication propelled the mission.
“I want to highlight the runway behind us, all the great accomplishments you all achieved this past year,” said Short. “From supporting multiple deployments and hurricane relief operations to developing and caring for our Airmen and their families, you guys do an incredible job each and every day to ensure we win our nations war. I’m incredibly proud of what our wing has accomplished.”
After highlighting the wing’s accomplishments since taking command 14 months ago, Short took the opportunity to outline her future goals for the Airmen, the Wing and installation.
“The group commanders, chiefs and I got together (recently) and talked about where we see the wing going and we laid out our short-term, mid-term and long-term goals for the wing, said Short.
“In the near future, we are going to be conducting a Phase 1, Phase II exercise,” Short added. “This is a muscle we haven’t practiced in a while so and were doing these exercises so every single one of you feels comfortable and confident, not just to survive but to operate in MOPP gear.”
Other goals highlighted included remodeling the Hoffman auditorium, relocating the First Term Airmen Center, adding a climate controlled Field Training Exercise site, and possibly expanding the runway.
After laying the groundwork for Moody’s future, Short took the opportunity to share Air Force senior leader insights announced at the recent Air Force Association (AFA) Air, Space & Cyber Conference.
“386--that’s the new magic number,” said Short. “Secretary of the Air Force laid out our senior leaders’ vision for ‘The Air Force We Need,’” which takes us from 312 operational squadrons to 386. This number came after months of study to get us to where we need to be to meet the National Defense Strategy requirements.”
Other AFA topics shared with Team Moody included using the advantages of Multi-Domain operations, continuing to strive for a culture of innovation and the importance resiliency.
“Airmen need to be well-trained, well-led and resilient as the Air Force shifts its focus,” said Chief Master Sgt. Of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright during his speech on resiliency at the AFA conference. “If the foundation of readiness is training, then the core of what makes an Airmen lethal is resilience.”
Echoing the CMSAF’s comments, Short stressed the importance of taking care of not only yourself but also each other.
“Ensuring you are ‘well-trained’ is my job,” said Short. I need to ensure every Airman gets the training they need, but more importantly, I need to ensure our Airmen are ‘well-led’ and we have the leaders in positions who are taking care of you and getting what they need in order to continue executing every mission as effectively as possible.”
Short ended by expressing gratitude to the Flying Tiger Airmen for the work they do to ensure the 23d Wing is ready to Attack, Rescue, and Prevail.
“I am so proud of every single one of you,” said Short. “I am incredibly proud to be your wing commander. You are my why and that hasn’t changed from last year. I love coming to work every day. It’s an honor to serve alongside each and every one of you.”