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Commander’s Call: Wing commander Q&A

  • Published
  • By Col. Laura Lenderman
  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Commander

Here is the next round of Q&As from my most recent Commander’s Call.

I posted these responses and previous Q&A to our wing Sharepoint site and our public website,, for future access and review.

Please keep the questions coming!



Can we start an incentive flight program for top performers?

Great question Showcase Airman! I recently approved a 375th AMW Operating Instruction that will allow us to begin offering incentive flights for Airmen.

Each Group will nominate Airmen for these quarterly flights to the 375th AMW Vice Commander who will validate and approve the submissions. One of our flying squadrons will then schedule and execute the incentive flight mission. This is a great way for us to thank our Airmen for their outstanding performance and expose them to our flying mission, especially those who may have never been on an Air Force aircraft. Thank you to the 375th Operations Group for helping us bring this program back to Scott AFB.


What are the family days for the upcoming year and the guidelines that accompany them?

In appreciation of the tremendous accomplishments and sacrifices of our personnel, Gen. Carlton Everhart, AMC/CC, designated the following dates as AMC Family Days for calendar year 2017:

·         Tuesday, May 30—Memorial Day (Monday, May 29);

·         Monday, July 3—Independence Day (Tuesday, July 4);

·         Tuesday, Sept. 5—Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4);

·         Friday, Nov. 24—Thanksgiving (Thursday, Nov. 23); and

·         Tuesday, Dec. 26—Christmas (Monday, Dec. 25).

The dates listed are designated as regular passes.

The applicable guidelines regarding passes and chargeable leave are outlines in AFI 36-3003, Military Leave Program. For military members required to perform duty during these holidays, commanders are encouraged to great compensatory time-off during the first week following the holiday, mission requirements permitting.

Under the current rules for DoD civilians, commanders can encourage liberal leave, use of previously earned compensatory time, or use already approved time-off awards. Group time-off awards, specifically for giving the day off, is prohibited by AFI 36-1004, The Air Force Civilian Recognition Program.


What date are the E-5 results coming out?

Public Release for the 16E5 Board is at 8 a.m. Aug. 25. Personnel can view the results by Name/AFSC listing via myPers and AF Portal.


When will we do less with less? The additional duties are killing us ...

Thank you for your question! Just last week, the Secretary of the Air Force and Chief of Staff of the Air Force took positive steps to reduce the burden of some additional duties.

During the review of 61 additional duties, significant progress was made to either eliminate or reduce the requirements levied on our Airmen. Our senior leaders are working to re-establish the Commander’s Support Staff, also formerly known as the Orderly Room, as a core part of the squadron and move some of those additional duties into the CSS as core-tasks. Commanders have been empowered to consolidate non-critical duties as appropriate, or even to discontinue duties beyond their ability to resource.

Additionally, the Air Force is standing up an “Airman’s Time” task force to continue to streamline additional duties. The next phase for review will be on our current computer-based training requirements.



Has anything been done about the break-ins in Patriots Landing?

Absolutely. To date, only one break-in from Patriots Landing has been reported to Security Forces. After the reported break-in, Security Forces increased their community policing campaign by passing out flyers with contact information and instructions on how to report crimes occurring on Scott Air Force Base. If you have any additional information about any break-ins or other crimes occurring on Scott Air Force base please don't hesitate to contact the Law Enforcement Desk at 256-2223.



Will all of these Commander’s Call questions be answered?

Yes. I am committed to providing responses to all of the questions asked during my Commander’s Call. We had over 300 questions submitted in July, and we are answering usually around 5-10 per week. If you didn’t get a chance to ask a question during the last Commander’s Call, you can send to me directly or through our Action Line (


Are the questions asked during Commander’s Calls really anonymous?

Yes. The questions are collected via Presentain, a commercial website.

The site only stores the plain text questions submitted and does not collect names, phone numbers, or any other information from participants.