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Eglin council connects Airmen with leadership

Members of the Reserve Advisory Council welcome ideas from Reservists that can improve things for others.

Members of the Eglin Junior Force Council welcome ideas from Team Eglin that can improve things for others.

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Eglin civilians and military members alike can now have their voices heard by the installation commander through the Eglin Junior Force Council.

The organization, made up of volunteers, connects Airmen’s feedback and ideas directly with leadership. Their goal is to build constructive solutions and facilitate positive changes here.

“We represent all of Team Eglin,” said Ralph Milone, 96th Test Wing test security chief and EJFC member. “Most of our work has been with civil servants thus far, but ultimately, we are an advocate for the entire workforce, to include military personnel.”

Council members range in rank and hold varying positions across the installation, representing various career fields. Each member applies their experiences as they relate to ideas when discussing with leadership.

As one of the council’s sitting members, Milone represents civilian information protection interests, which includes ensuring any feedback the council receives is anonymous, if requested. He also represents the council as a whole when issues are directly addressed to the group for consideration and action.

Airmen can use the council as a “sounding board” to present their feedback directly with the council and brainstorm solutions on the spot. Feedback received is then presented to the 96th Test Wing commander.

“We carefully evaluate and elevate issues and ideas to leadership for consideration,” said Milone. “If resolutions go beyond a quick response, we assign project leads, whether it be for short or long term initiatives, to see through to the solution.”

Airmen can also submit feedback to their respective EJFC representatives.

“We are one team,” said Milone. “It doesn’t matter if you’re with the Test Wing or a tenant unit here – we will help to find you a solution.”

Eglin members interested in connecting with the council or their designated representatives may contact EFJC lead, Dr. Richard Nilsen, at 882-9853.