By Capt. Sarah Babcock
/ Published January 23, 2019
Leadership from the 31st Fighter Wing hosted a Town Hall for Airmen, contractors, civilian and Italian employees, and families here, Jan. 15, 2019.
This was the second event of the Town Hall series, which is meant to provide a venue for updating the community on quality-of-life improvements and for leadership to hear suggestions and feedback from the community.
“The Town Hall is an important initiative to open lines of communication with all our Airmen and their families,” said Brig. Gen. Daniel Lasica, 31st Fighter Wing commander. “Our teams are working hard to make all our lives better here. We are listening and we are taking action.”
The event was attended by approximately 128 community members.
“I came out to the Town Hall to gain information and hear about the latest improvements on base,” said Christi Lancaster, an attendee and spouse. “I read the feedback from the previous event and I’m really interested in learning more about the changes and how they affect me and my family.”
Leadership from the 31st Mission Support Group and 31st Medical Group were on hand to present new initiatives and answer questions.
“Based on our community members’ feedback the MSG has made a lot of changes since last August,” said Col. Jeffrey York, 31st MSG commander. “We’re tackling Area 1 traffic issues, improving food options, providing more family oriented fitness options and making our large family events even bigger and better. These are just a few of the many initiatives we’re taking to balance your requests with what is sustainable.”
The 31st MDG has made many improvements as well.
“We’re starting a new initiative called PFAC – Patient and Family Advocacy Council - a program that brings different population representatives together to improve patient care,” said Col. Richard Woodruff, 31st MDG commander. “We’ve also opened the Educational and Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS) playground on Area 1 to give families with children another safe place to gather and meet.”
Community members can find a consolidated list of updates and answers to questions from the first Town Hall on the 31st Fighter Wing Facebook page. Town Hall #2 feedback is expected for release in February 2019, and the next Town Hall is slated for April.
“This is my contract to you: we will listen and consider every single suggestion from our community members,” said Lasica. “It’s up to us to care and support each other and we will do this through constant improvement in our community’s quality of life and service. I look forward to seeing our community members at the next Town Hall.”