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Civilian commander's call keeps employees informed

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  • By Eric M. White
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Col. Joe Janik, commander of the 910th Airlift Wing, hosted the annual civilian commander’s call and holiday party here, Dec. 5, 2019. Janik held the event to provide critical information, cast strategic vision and foster morale among the more than 350 civilian employees who serve at Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Commander’s calls present an opportunity for military commanders to address the personnel under their leadership. The events are traditionally aimed at uniformed military personnel, but Janik also holds calls regularly for civilian employees, seeing the value they add to the military workforce.

“The big ‘A’ in Airmen comprises not only our military members but our valued civilian workforce,” said Janik. “Our civilian workforce is imperative to ensure the 910th is able to maximize its combat capabilities. Our commander’s calls are an opportunity to pass along important information, but more importantly, to thank and recognize our workforce for what they do and to explain how their duties contribute to our combat mission.”

At the event, Janik recognized outstanding performers by presenting several awards including service time pins for those who have served as an Air Force civilian for 10, 20 and 30 years, respectively. The commander also recognized the achievements of Devin Egbert who was recently selected as Air Force Reserve Command’s Outstanding Weapons Safety Civilian of the Year.

“For all,” said Janik, “keep operating above the line: intentional, on purpose and skillful.”