Just under three weeks ago, JQP published CSAF Gen. Goldfein’s letter to Airmen -that was leaked by someone who spoke on the condition of anonymity- with an optimistic analysis of his intended management of the USAF, which is not too common for JQP.
“Gen. David L. Goldfein might just be closer to that fictionalized version of himself than we dared hope. The fact that his first public overture as the service’s new boss acknowledged the crisis of pilot retention and committed to measures beyond just throwing more money at the problem was an auspicious beginning,” said John. Q. Public.
“Holy smokes. This guy understands the problem, and it’s obvious he’s been talking to the right people … and more importantly, listening to their assessments.”
Yesterday, Gen. Goldfein published his letter, titled “The Beating Heart of the Air Force … Squadrons!,” with the following message and the following video:
I am now completing my first month as the 21st Chief of Staff. What an honor to serve with you!
Attached is the first in a series of short papers I will share that outlines my thinking in key focus areas. You will find each in our Strategic Master Plan (SMP) and Air Force Future Operating Construct (AFFOC); and each nests nicely under SecAF’s priorities of: Taking Care of Airmen; Balancing Today’s Readiness with Future Modernization; and Making Every Dollar Count.
First up: The Beating Heart of the Air Force…Squadrons! If we are to achieve the aspirations laid out in the SMP and AFFOC, I believe we must have a solid foundation organizationally. Our own AFIs state that “squadrons are the basic, building block organizations in the Air Force, providing a specific operational or support capability.” I have always believed this to be true and so I am convinced it is where we need to start. This applies equally to our support organizations that may not align under a squadron construct, but actively support squadrons in executing their missions.
Thank you for your continued dedication as we work to find the opportunities presented in every challenge we face together.
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