HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah --
Participants in the Air Force Sustainment Center’s Community Liaison Program broadened their view of the command last week when they visited Hill Air Force Base and the Ogden Air Logistics Complex for their annual conference.
Lt. Gen. Lee K. Levy II’s CLP members visited the base June 19-20 to learn about how Hill AFB contributes to the overall AFSC mission of providing combat power for America.
“We could not do what we do without the support of our community partners,” Levy said. “The AFSC CLP members are the cream of the crop.”
The Air Force Sustainment Center Community Liaison Program is the AFSC commander’s vehicle to build strong bonds between AFSC installations and their surrounding communities.
It seeks to foster a community support structure with an increased understanding of the AFSC, its installations and associate organizations and to create a two-way exchange of information and ideas between the AFSC commander and individuals from each AFSC community.
The CLP is currently composed of 14 civilian opinion leaders from the AFSC’s three communities where AFSC bases are located (Robins AFB, Ga., Hill AFB, Utah and Tinker AFB, Okla.).
The program builds and maintains public support for the Air Force and AFSC organizations and is designed to foster dialogue between command leadership and community liaisons, who will in turn share that information with others in their communities.
The AFSC commander makes himself available to the CLP members a minimum of four times per year, once in a group setting and three times in a local setting.
“We look forward to the opportunity to showcase our organizations and the men and women who deliver world-class logistics and sustainment across the command,” Levy said. “The CLP members then take the information we provide and share it among their peers. It’s a win-win situation for the Air Force, the AFSC and for the communities in which they serve.”
While at Hill AFB last week, the CLP members attended a number of briefings and toured the F-16 and F-35 repair and modification facility, the A-10 gun test firing facility, the F-22 inlet jet repair facility, the Strategic Missile Integration Complex, and the Explosive Ordnance Disposal facility.
Sen. Stuart Adams, a CLP member from Utah, said he was extremely appreciative of all the hard work, planning and coordination that went into hosting last week’s event, adding, “It was great to meet with everyone again.”
Lisa Fruge, one of the Robins CLP members, said, “What a fabulous opportunity for us to continue our discussions amongst the team and get to know each other better.”
“Learning about the Hill AFB and Ogden ALC mission was tremendous!” she added.
Judy Hatfield, from Tinker, said, “I learned so much and look forward to being a strategic partner for the future.”
Tinker and the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex hosted last year’s conference and Robins and the Warner-Robins ALC will be the site of next year’s annual event.
Angie Osguthorpe, with the Davis Chamber of Commerce in Utah, said, “It was great seeing everyone again and advancing our mission. I’m looking forward to Georgia!”
Mike Kloiber, from Tinker, said he too is looking forward to next year’s conference, while Fruge said she is excited to serve as a host next summer, or fall.