Air Force medical providers and personnel representatives, in tandem with interagency and local partners, create the support network needed to ensure success in continuing military service or transitioning to a productive civilian life. In fiscal year 2009, our end strength will be capped at 330,000, providing head space to re-balance skill sets and apply manpower to new and emerging missions and areas in need of greater focus, said Secretary Donley.
LEADERSHIP WAY photo by Andy Morataya AHEAd SECAF, CSAF DiSCuSS Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley speaks with Air AiR FoRCE FuTuRE SToRy By CApT. ShAnnon CollinS Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz during a strategic summit at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. As these leaders tackle key issues, their first priority is to re-invigorate For the past few months, new senior lead- An important part of taking care of Air- the nuclear enterprise. ers, Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. men includes wounded-warrior care. Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. “I have had opportunities to meet with Norton A. Schwartz, have taken on the chal- wounded warriors from our conflicts in Iraq “The Air Force’s lenge of reshaping the Air Force. This means and Afghanistan,” said Secretary Donley. addressing key issues and taking care of its “I find the energy and enthusiasm of our most important people. wounded warriors to be absolutely inspira- tional. These men and women aim to rejoin asset is its TAKING CARE OF AIRMEN, FAMILIES their comrades-in-arms for the joint fight. I “The Air Force’s most important asset is its am tremendously impressed with their drive, people — active people – active duty, Reserve, Guard and tenacity and commitment to their country.” civilian,” said Secretary Donley. Wounded warriors are receiving special duty, Reserve, The first CSAF’s Vector by General attention, as they should, said Secretary Schwartz underscored that point. Donley. Air Force medical providers and Guard and “Airmen are our core strength. We will personnel representatives, in tandem with care for Airmen and their families by provid- interagency and local partners, create the civilian.” ing them both the quality of service they support network needed to ensure success in deserve and developing the ethos, skills and continuing military service or transitioning leadership capacities they need to excel,” he to a productive civilian life. These injured — Michael B. Donley said. Ai
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