AFMC town hall addresses vaccines, telework, enterprise readiness

Vaccines, telework, diversity and more were addressed during the Air Force Materiel Command virtual town hall, Jan. 7, which streamed live to a maxed-out audience of more than 3,000 via ZoomGov.

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., AFMC commander, was joined by Patricia Young, AFMC executive director, and Chief Master Sgt. David Flosi, AFMC command chief, for the two-hour event where they fielded questions from Airmen across the enterprise.

“AFMC is the most important MAJCOM in the United States Air Force. It’s not because we do it for us; it’s because everything we do is for somebody else, and you’re doing a remarkable job,” Bunch said during opening remarks. “I could take every bit of time that we have allotted for this town hall and go over what you accomplished in 2021, but we want to hear from you and what’s on your mind.”

More than 200 questions were fielded during the live event, with a large number focused on the current efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations. Questions focused largely on vaccine compliance and the status of exemption requests for both military and civilian personnel.

“We’re still in a fight against COVID. Even one death is too many,” Bunch said. “Vaccines are our best effort. When you couple that with physical distancing, mask wear and our other mitigation factors, it is our best attempt to minimize the spread of COVID. I encourage you to make sure you’re getting the right information about the vaccines and consider taking it.”

Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, awaits his next question during the AFMC town hall, Jan. 7, 2022. More than 200 questions were fielded during the live event, with a large number focused on the current efforts related to the coronavirus pandemic and vaccinations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jerry Bynum)

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