by 2nd Lt. Lauren Rogers
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
2/5/2014 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen
of the 35th Communications Squadron gathered at the enlisted club here
for a "Cyber All-Call" with the Pacific Air Forces Director of
Communications and Chief Information Officer, Col. Michael Finn II, Feb.
Although this was Finn's first visit to Misawa, he did not waste any
time getting down to the real issues Airmen are facing in today's Air
Force. He started his speech warning Airmen to prepare themselves for
force shaping in the current tough, fiscal environment.
"You must figure out where your team's heading, whether that is 'big Air Force,' wing or squadron levels," Finn said.
Finn spent time listening to Airmen's concerns and answering their
questions about the future of the cyber career field. He also emphasized
supervisors should be proactive and inform their Airmen about the
upcoming manning cuts.
With draw-downs affecting units around the Air Force, Finn said Airmen
have to learn to streamline processes or cut them out entirely.
This innovative thought process is nothing new to the 35 CS. Finn spoke
of a dozen examples of how Airmen are finding new ways to be more
productive with less resources as cyber warriors.
"We're glad to have Colonel Finn come and meet the cyber Airman of
Misawa," said Senior Master Sgt. Aaron Sanchez, 35 CS operations flight
superintendent. "It's a great opportunity to hear firsthand how cyber
Airman are using innovative techniques, not only to take care of the
mission, but to advance it."