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'Roll Call' to help Airmen, supervisors tackle AF issues

SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AFNEWS) -- A new weekly publication titled "Roll Call" is designed to help shop- and office-level supervisors explain complex, yet important Air Force issues to their Airmen during daily or weekly meetings.

Roll Call is a one-page print product, posted online every Friday. It covers one or two topics, in full sentences, and is written so supervisors can read it to their Airmen during morning roll calls or weekly gatherings.

"Our Air Force is going through tremendous changes now, all while we continue to fight the war on terror," said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley. "Making sure our Airmen understand why these changes are happening and what it will mean to them on a unit and an individual level is vital."

Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall, 45th Space Wing command chief, said situational awareness on current AF issues, policies, and procedures will make Airmen more capable and effective at their jobs.

"This is another great tool for effective hip-pocket training to assist leaders with communicating complex issues with their Airmen," said Chief Vannorsdall. "Traditional Roll Call has been around the Air Force for a long time ... it's a way to get policies and procedures out to our Airmen."

The new Roll Call publication will fill information voids by tackling complex, Air Force-level issues such as "transformation," "recapitalization," "force shaping," and "Smart Operations 21," and explaining them in common, everyday language.

"This new weekly Air Force 'Roll Call' product provides supervisors with information and straight answers," said Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley.

While there are many avenues for information to get from Headquarters Air Force in Washington to the field, feedback suggests much information is either not reaching junior Airmen and officers, or it is not translating in ways that make the information meaningful to them.

"The goals of Roll Call are three fold: to keep our Airmen informed on current issues, clear up confusion and dispel rumors, and provide additional face-to-face communication between supervisors and their teams," General Moseley said. Roll Call will be distributed online weekly at http://www.af.mil.

Eric Brian, 45th SW Public Affairs, contributed to this story.