Air Boss: Spouses Critical to Aviation Readiness in Era of Dynamic Force Employment

From Commander, Naval Air Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet Public Affairs ─ 8 November 2018.

Naval Air Station North Island ─ (NNS) ─ 8 November 2018. Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Vice Adm. DeWolfe H. Miller III told Naval Aviation’s senior enlisted leadership and their spouses the importance of their role in communicating to Sailors the changes in deployment cycles at the Naval Aviation Enterprise Command Master Chief (CMC)/Senior Enlisted Leader (SEL) Symposium Nov. 5-7.

“You have a profound impact on our Sailors and their families.” Miller said. “We are in a great power competition.  The habit patterns that you teach your Sailors, and the resilience you provide for our families will kick in when we go into a high-end fight.  And I just want to say, ‘Thank you.’”

The annual aviation CMC/SEL symposium hosted 130 Command Master Chiefs and Senior Enlisted Leaders from aviation commands around the globe, and for the first time included their spouses.  Fifty-five spouses attended the symposium, receiving briefings on everything from aviation readiness to family support programs. 

“I jumped out of my seat when my husband sent me the email, because I was so excited that they thought enough of us as spouses to come and take part in this symposium,” said Karla Reeder, wife of the VAQ-140 CMC.   “As experienced military spouses we need to be able to educate the junior Sailor spouses and junior officer spouses on topics they need to know about.”

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