The Air Force is bringing back Roll Call, the once-regular bulletin for the enlisted force, announced CMSAF James Cody, on Wednesday at AFA’s 2013 Air and Space Conference. Started back in 2006, Roll Call was an attempt to keep communication open between the top enlisted airman and the enlisted force, but efforts soon “petered out,” said Cody at a press briefing after his conference address. The new Roll Call is meant to drive interaction between enlisted leadership and airmen, he said. Its inaugural issue was expected for release on Wednesday. The publication will appear monthly. During his speech, Cody emphasized that face-to-face communication is absolutely important to the force. “You can’t get [that] through an email . . . a text, or a tweet, or a Facebook page” to the same degree, he said. “I might get some response that says you’re acknowledging the information . . . but I don’t know whether I’ve communicated effectively,” he said.
After a long period in which munitions were almost an afterthought and sacrificed to pay for other priorities, the Air Force needs to focus on them in order to have the right “package” of capabilities for future conflicts, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said June 7.