Airman’s Council strengthens connections, morale
By Senior Airman Arielle Vasquez, 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 25, 2018
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- New Airmen arriving to Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, looking to network with other junior Airmen who work in different career fields, might consider the Airman’s Council.
The council is a resource for junior enlisted to learn and grow as a base-wide team by holding activities such as fundraisers and social events.
“The Airman’s Council is a voice for Airmen,” said Senior Airman Danielle Singleton, president of the Airman’s Council and space communications system controller with the 50th Space Communications Squadron. “When Airmen have any concerns or ideas, they can discuss it among the council and we then route it up to leadership.”
Concerns for change, volunteer ideas, fundraising, recognition of accomplishments and general announcements are points of discussion during monthly meetings.
The Airman’s Council recently held an election for its executive board members in April. Any Airman in the pay grade of E-1 to E-4 may run for the positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
Airman Paul Driscoll, intelligence analyst with the 50th Operations Support Squadron, is the newest Airman’s Council treasurer.
“As part of the executive board, I want Airmen to know we are here to be advocates for them,” Driscoll said. “I have only been a part of the council for three months, but so far, my experience has been a positive one. Being involved in the council has helped me develop skills, effectively communicate with others and gain more contacts throughout the Air Force.”
Also present at meetings, are 5/6 and Top 3 council members.
“Connection with the chain of command is expedited by liaisons with the Top 3 and 5/6 Councils,” Singleton said. “They attend the meetings to provide feedback to us and provide morale and professional development support for Airmen.”
Although the Airman's Council senior enlisted associations assist, the council is steered by its executive board representatives who reflect the shared priorities of the Airman's Council members.
Singleton hopes to make the council the best it has ever been and encourage more participation.
“There are many Airmen who still are not fully aware of the purpose of the Airman’s Council,” she said. “As the new president, I want to change that and bring awareness to what we do. We plan to do that with more advertising and by holding more events. My advice to all junior Airmen is to get involved – that is how we will continue to boost morale.”
The council’s executive board plans to hold an Airman’s Council meeting once a month and emphasizes their doors are always open. The location and time for the next meeting are to be determined.
“It is important Airmen know they have an outlet and know they can rely on other Airmen across the base,” Driscoll said. “We want to strike a nerve with the Airmen and motivate them to come out, participate and build connections.”
For more information on the Airman’s Council, contact the Airman's Council president at 567-2212.