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CC hosts dorm all-call to address Airmen’s concerns

Man speaks to crowd

Chief Master Sgt. Leon Calloway, 375th Air Mobility Wing command chief, gives a speech to all of the dormitory residents at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 14, 2019. He encouraged them to get involved in available programs designed to improve their living situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda Simpson)

man addresses crowd

Col. J. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, responds to questions from dormitory residents during a dorm all-call at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 14, 2019. Team Scott leadership attended the all-call to answer Airmen’s questions directly and listen to the information given to help the Airmen with their living conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda Simpson)

Airmen address crowd

Members from dorm council speak in front of all of the dormitory residents at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Aug. 14, 2019. They informed residents about upcoming events and encouraged them to attend the dorm council meetings as a way to get involved in the decision making process for changes to the dorms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Miranda Simpson)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — Col. Scot Heathman, 375th Air Mobility Wing commander, held an all call recently for 350 dorm residents to get their feedback about living conditions and other issues they may be having.

He opened by saying that he and Chief Master Sgt. Leon Calloway, 375th AMW command chief, had been tracking what had been happening in the dorms for a couple months and were aware of recent mold issues stemming from an isolated incident surrounding the replacement of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

He stressed that the best way to get things fixed sooner was to bring them to the attention of the right people in the right forum.

“I want you to know that we can help you fix the issues. I just ask that you bring your issues to me, Chief Calloway, your leadership, your dorm manager or your dorm council—that’s why they are all here together today. I hope you feel you comfortable in doing that and confident that your concerns will be addressed promptly and appropriately,” he said.

He also made sure that they knew the dorm manager, Master Sgt. Latricia Munday, who announced that the dorms would also be receiving new washers and dryers as a result of recent feedback.  Airmen with the Dorm Council also spoke about upcoming morale events such as the annual Dorm Olympics.

Dorm Council member Airman William Wang, 375th Medical Operations Squadron, explained, “It’s important that dorm residents stay in contact with us, so we know what problems need to be addressed and brought up to leadership. The whole purpose of dorm council is to improve the quality of life for Airmen living in the dorms—there’s 300 of us, so if we want something done, we can make it happen.”

 Airman 1st Class Victoria Arbelaez, 375th Logistics Readiness Squadron, added, that she “appreciates the information on the status of the dorm from dorm management, and that the commander came to the meeting to address the mold issue. It was nice hearing from the commander directly about the big issues concerning the dorms.”