AFRC Command Chief visits 927th ARW, emphasizes reoptimization for Great Power Competition

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  • By Staff Sgt. Alexis Suarez
  • 927th Air Refueling Wing

Chief Master Sgt. Israel Nuñez, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chief of Air Force Reserve and Command Chief Master Sgt. of Air Force Reserve Command, visited the 927th Air Refueling Wing at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., May 4, 2024, during the Unit Training Assembly weekend.

During the visit, Nuñez spoke with enlisted members about upcoming changes and held question-and-answer sessions broken down into Airmen, non-commissioned officer, and senior non-commissioned officer categories focusing on responding to concerns of the enlisted force and gathering feedback.

“The greatest advantage we have in the Air Force, which sets us apart from our peer competitors, is a professional enlisted force that is empowered to think critically and provide innovative solutions to complex challenges,” said Nuñez.  “To maintain our edge, reoptimized professional military education programs will be standardized to develop mission-ready Total Force Airmen, who are prepared to meet the challenges of 2030 and beyond.”

A major focus during the group sessions was reoptimization for Great Power Competition. The changes included in the Air Force’s reoptimization plan are grouped in four main categories – Develop People, Generate Readiness, Project Power, and Develop Capabilities. These plans for reshaping, refocusing, and reoptimizing the Air Force and Space Force ensure continued supremacy in those domains while also better posturing the services to deter and, if necessary, prevail in an era of Great Power Competition.

“Along with updated PME curriculum, the Air Force will reintroduce the warrant officer program to expand career pathways, targeting Airmen possessing highly specialized skills in cyberspace and information technology,” said Nuñez.  “This program will bolster retention of the critical skillsets that are needed for the high-end fight.”

The Warrant Officer Corps career path in the Air Force aims to address operational needs, while maintaining highly perishable skills, and leverage the unique expertise and capabilities of warrant officers. They will serve as technical experts, functional leaders, advisors, professionals, and risk managers, contributing to the overall proficiency of their organizations.

The changes were made public Feb. 12, 2024 which is one of the most extensive recalibrations in recent history for the Air Force and Space Force. During his visit, Nuñez addressed the specific concerns of reservists and explained how the changes will affect them, also outlining his personal views on leadership and expectations for success as non-commissioned officers in the Air Force Reserve.

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