In August 2016, Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) General David Goldfein, released his letter to Airmen titled, "The Beating Heart of the Air Force...Squadrons!" In turn, AFSVA was asked to establish an activity-rich program that would empower Squadron/Unit with options to facilitate cohesion.
The Unite program at Dyess AFB provides Commanders with funding to initiate programs that will benefit all Airmen in their unit including assigned Active Duty and APF/NAF Civilians. Family members are welcome to participate in the program but must pay their expenses. Program funding was allocated based on unit end strength as of 30 September 2018. Regular Air Force units at Wing-level and below are eligible for funding in the 2019 Phase I of the program. ARC, units below Wing-level, Air Force HQs, and centers above Wing-level will be funded in Phases II and III over fiscal years 2020 and 2021.
Assigned Active Duty, Reserve, and APF/NAF Civilians. Family members may participate after paying any applicable fees.
We are the 7FSS Unite program. Our goals are to support SQ leaders, maximize use of FSS facilities, measure impact, and provide maximum flexibility to SQ commanders. You an use this program for any of the following reasons:
Your installation C3 will make Unite payments on your behalf via a purchasing card, though you must ensure budget limits are maintained at all times.
Final attendance count is due at least 72 hours prior to your ON-BASE event and will be used to invoice meals planned at FSS facilities. If the actual number is greater than what was planned, you'll be invoiced for the greater number. Off-base attendance requirements may differ.
Food & Beverage - Must be used with a Unite event. One beverage limit per meal. No alcohol.
APF (MOA) Dollars
Equipment Rentals, program supplies, decorations, and entertainment - No prizes
UNITE funds CAN'T be used to augment holiday parties. Private Org funds may be used to cover expenses that exceed the allotted amount, but Unit Enhancement Funds and SM&W Funds CAN'T.
Mrs. Victoria Ledford is the C3 in the 7th Force Support Squadron to serve as the focal point for planning, development, and execution of the Unite Program.
She can confirm unit funding allocation, make payments on your behalf, and assist Squadron Unite points of contact to develop program events, based on a menu of innovative program options.
Mrs. Ledford will assist and advise squadron Unite points of contact (POC) to develop programs for their squadrons, but will not be responsible for the direct execution of the squadron's event. The squadron POC will be responsible for ensuring the implementation of the unit cohesion activity/event.
Unite events are classified into three different categories:
Ready to Execute (RTE):
Pre-approved and easy to implement. 7 FSS related events keep funds on the installation and should be considered first.
Unit Developed Events (UDE):
Squadron leaders are given the discretion to create UDPs that capitalize on opportunities available in the local area. UDPs require prior approval through the Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA) and may take up to 30 days.
Charitable work provides a cost effective team building activity that allows co-workers to see each other in a new light and can make a significant impact in your community. Free events do not need approval, but we still need to capture the information.