Civilian leaders converge at Air University for SECAF National Security Forum

Civic leaders from across the country converged at Air University May 10-12 to engage in discussions with military members and government civilians about key national and global security strategic realities and challenges.

The venue for the conversations was the Secretary of the Air Force’s National Security Forum hosted by Air University’s Air War College.

“Our Airmen and Guardians face unprecedented challenges from strategic competitors who are investing in ways to inhibit our power projection capabilities,” said Secretary of the Air Force Frank Kendall. “Engaging with civilian counterparts and community hosts throughout the country, including those who joined us here at the National Security Forum, is vital to increase understanding and support for our department. These relationships are instrumental in addressing quality-of-life matters for our teams and families, fostering appreciation for how we train at and around our installations and building advocates for the transformation the Air and Space Forces require for the future fight. I’m grateful to each participant for the time they’ve taken to learn more about our missions, and the dialogue they’ve engaged in to support our teammates.”

During their time at NSF, 88 civic leaders engaged with U.S. and foreign national military officers and civilian staff and faculty from Air University. The professional relations developed, and the open and honest discussions shared over the course of just a couple of days, can potentially reap dividends well into the future for both the military and civilian communities.

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