CMSgt Shelina Frey, AMC Command Chief, thanks members of the 8th Expeditionary AMS for all they do to support the AMC mission.
(Photo altered for security purposes.) USAF photo by TSgt James Hodgman
CMSgt Frey pauses for a photo with Airmen from the 6th Medical Group Mental Health office during her visit to MacDill AFB, Fla., December 12, 2016.
USAF photo by A1C Rito Smith
By MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer
Total Force Full Spectrum Readiness. You may have heard the phrase and may even recognize some of its parts and pieces—but what does it mean when you see the words strung together? We asked the Command Chief for Air Mobility Command, CMSgt Shelina Frey, for some insight, and she broke it down into segments that are easy for all of us to understand.
“Most people in the Air Force are familiar with the term Total Force, meaning all our components: all uniformed and civilian members of the U.S. Air Force, active duty, Guard, Reserve, and the Civil Air Patrol,” she explained. “We talk about our collective group—everyone under the Total Force umbrella across the entire Spectrum. Of course, Readiness ensures we are ready for whatever comes, from having our families prepared on the home front to the training we need to accomplish the mission and the expertise to win the fight. Now, we simply put it all together.”
Frey then expanded on her definition.
“Whatever challenges the world presents,” she said, “we must do everything possible to ensure our Mobility Airmen are 100 percent prepared for anything—from delivering equipment to helping search for a missing Argentine submarine; to delivering hope and relief to Hurricane Maria survivors in Puerto Rico; to refueling fighters in the Middle East.”
Readiness affects rapid global mobility, according to Frey, because it allows for quick response when sending people, supplies, and aircraft into constrained and contested environments. But if Airmen do not incorporate safety measures from the onset, they may unintentionally insert challenges instead of providing solutions.
“No matter the circumstance, we will not compromise safety,” she insisted. “Air Mobility Command places a premium on safety, adheres to guidelines, and complies with regulations. Otherwise, we could become complacent and end up losing people and equipment.” That scenario, she said, is not an option.
“Force structure describes how personnel, weapons, and equipment are organized for the operations, missions, and tasks we face in an environment or conflict,” she continued. “Our focus on Full Spectrum Readiness is essential, as it protects our national security. Readiness is critical to the entire Air Force, but AMC must meet the needs of all combatant commands who call on us for support. For example, our Expeditionary Mobility Airmen are in 23 countries at 77 locations around the world. We are essentially the glue that binds all of that together. That type of responsibility requires our Total Force team’s dedicated commitment.”
“Our Airmen hold the answers to confronting any challenges we may face,” she explained. “They are smart and they embrace innovation. Through programs such as Phoenix Spark (a new grassroots innovation program), we encourage them to be a part of the solution. We are fortunate to have creative people across our ranks—people like TSgt Cory Kozlowski, whom I met at Yokota AB in Japan. He is working with an application company and Air Force Materiel Command to create a training program that will enable Airmen to work on a hologram image of the aircraft that they are training on while wearing a set of mixed virtual reality glasses. This type of training moves AMC and the entire Air Force into the future—for about the cost of a laptop.”
Despite any challenges they may face, Frey insisted that Airmen have the ability to develop unique solutions. But AMC is doing its part, as well.
“Total Force Full Spectrum Readiness requires improving equipment and tactics used to meet the complex threats being developed by potential adversaries. As we grow the force, it’s essential we provide them with quality training. Airmen can look forward to a Superintendent 101 course, a flight commander’s course, and realistic operational exercises such as Mobility Guardian.”
She said that Airmen who are methodical and like things in a certain order found something entirely different at Mobility Guardian.
“They can’t go into war with a checklist or thinking that everything will line up the way they expect it to. Participants in Mobility Guardian overcame all the planned variables, challenges, and obstacles before them and learned many lessons that will help them succeed in real world situations, as well.”
Frey closed by praising Airmen for their focus on Full Spectrum Readiness.
“It is how we do things day to day and how we prepare for the unforeseeable. We can’t control when or how an enemy may challenge our readiness. So we prepare for all options every day, and it has to be Total Force. AMC is a critical component of the overall picture, and we must always maintain a high level of readiness.”
Indeed we do … on both counts.