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Climate survey coming to an e-mail account near you

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- As Airmen in the world's greatest air and space force we are afforded several different benefits to include healthcare, housing and food.

One benefit that is often overlooked by many Airmen is the opportunity to help change the Air Force for the better by participating in the 2008 Air Force Climate Survey.

"Participating in this survey will allow Airmen to have a say in the quality of life that is sustained in the Air Force," said Junell Tillman, 30th Force Support Squadron manpower chief.

Airmen who feel apathetic about the survey's chances of changing things in the Air Force should look no further than the top three priorities of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz:

1. Improve Current Systems and Operations
2. Take Care of Our Airmen and Their Families
3. Transition New Capabilities and Systems

The 2008 Air Force Climate Survey will begin Oct. 1 and run through Nov. 26. Airmen will receive a link to the survey via their Air Force e-mail accounts. It is the principle means for assessing organizational climate and providing feedback to Air Force leaders, said Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, a Pentagon official.

The survey scope will include all Air Force families, including those in the Guard, Reserve and civilian personnel, General Newton said.

The survey is designed to be easy to use, as well as evaluate trends in the responses from Airmen. Categories will include issues that are at the top of every Airman's mind, such as support for deployment and Air Force resources. Other categories are more generalized into topics like trust and unit performance.

During this survey Airmen will be given an opportunity to honestly contribute their thoughts about where the Air Force is and where it should go, Mrs. Tillman said.

It is rare that an employer asks its employee's what the company can do to better support them. However, the Air Force is not a company, but a network of families fighting globally for a bigger cause. This survey is not just a list of random questions, but a sign from Air Force leadership that everyone is in this together.

"I hope Airmen realize their opportunity to impact the Air Force during this survey period," Mrs. Tillman said.