NEWS | Jan. 27, 2011

Members to be chosen for Community Assessment Survey

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The Integrated Delivery System Working Group is sponsoring the 2011 Air Force Community Assessment Survey of service members, spouses, reservists, spouses of reservists and civilians. The survey started January 25 and will continue until March 25.
Air Force community members at Air Force bases worldwide were randomly selected to participate in the study. A notification letter that includes a link to the web-based survey was sent out to the work email address of each active-duty member selected to participate. Spouses have been sent a letter in the mail with the internet address written on it.

"The 2011 Community Assessment Survey is a top priority," stated Lisa Sweatt, Joint Base Charleston's 2011 Air Force Community Assessment point of contact. "It is the best way for us to listen to Air Force community members and then provide services to them to help meet their needs and the needs of their families. It allows them to express their opinions anonymously so participants can respond openly and honestly to issues that affect them every day."

Results from previous Air Force Community Assessments have impacted the policies and programs that support families at every level of the Air Force, to include:

· Expanded financial counseling programs were offered to members and their families.
· A user-friendly support network was developed for Air Force single parents.
· Marriage-support seminars were set up for junior enlisted members and their spouses.

Mrs. Sweat said the 2011 Community Assessment Survey provides community members a wonderful opportunity to improve the Air Force Community.

"We hope those selected will do everything they can to respond to the survey as quickly as possible," she said.

As a part of an initiative sponsored by the Department of Defense, this year's community assessment will be used to direct additional resources to help service members and families base wide. Base agencies will be working with researchers to ensure this year's survey results are used to the maximum benefit.