Lesley Darley, standing, a community support coordinator at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., briefs members of the Parents Advocates for Students and Schools about the new position during a working lunch in January. (Sue Sapp / Air Force)
Managing the Community Action Information Board — the group tasked with identifying and addressing quality-of-life issues facing airmen and their families — used to be an additional duty for someone on base. That is changing at 71 U.S. and overseas installations with the addition of a full-time civilian position called the community support coordinator.
The Air Force created the new job even as the Defense Department faces across-the-board belt-tightening "to help airmen and their families withstand, recover from and grow" even as they face challenges and stressors," the Air Force said.
The coordinators will have a leadership, advice and guidance role, including working as advisers to wing commanders "on a wide range of quality of life issues and resilience," according to the service.
Here's what you need to know:
• New position an additional resource. To ensure airmen's needs are being met, the community support coordinator will focus on the four pillars of comprehensive airmen fitness — mental, physical, social and spiritual — by managing all related initiatives, programs and activities at installations.
• Fort Hood's impact. A follow-on report from the shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, in November 2009 that left 13 people dead and more than two dozen others injured recommended the Air Force create a full-time position that would act as a clearing house for "all things resilience," a Materiel Command news release said.
• Coordinator will manage programs. Those include the Community Action Information Board, the Integrated Delivery System and comprehensive airmen resiliency training. The IDS is the "action arm" of the board.
"The Air Force has a lot of good programs out there. I think the No. 1 part of my job is to get the information out, reach out to different organizations and work together," said Jeff Maiette, the new CSC at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
• Includes a resilience trainer program. Each installation will send a team of four to master resilience training. That team will then instruct resilience training assistants from each unit on base. Coordinators will help manage and track master resilience trainers.
• Many coordinators already at work. The Air Force hired all 71 coordinators as of January. Half were already on the job, and the rest were expected to come on soon. To find out if your base has a CSC, ask your supervisor or the Family Readiness Center.