By Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Make a difference.
This seems like a cliché, but it is exactly what prompted Senior Airman Luke Howell, 50th Operations Group, to become the president of the Airman’s Council.
“I was on base for three years and didn’t know what the Airman’s Council was,” Howell said. “To me, that was a problem that needed to be fixed.”
For the same reason, Capt. Kainoa Grager, 2nd Space Operations Squadron, decided to become the Company Grade Officer’s Council president.
“I was constantly involved in our unit’s mission, and not much else,” said Grager. “I knew that I needed to plug into the greater Schriever community and help where I could, that’s why I joined CGOC.”
Aside from the Airman’s Council and CGOC, Schriever has various private organizations that provide an opportunity for Airmen of all ranks to make a difference. These organizations include Top 3, Diamond Council, 5/6 Council and Air Force Sergeants Association.
“It’s important for Airmen to join private organizations because it gives you a chance to think outside of the box, and to help promote ideas and opportunities to others,” Grager said.
For instance, the CGOC is currently planning a golf tournament with the 50 SW Sexual Assault Response Coordinator. This allows the CGOC to help get its name and cause out, and more importantly, spread sexual assault awareness.
“The benefits involved are getting to interact with the various members on and off base, varying peers and also base leadership,” Grager said.
He said joining private organizations also provides a networking avenue for the members.
“Without the CGOC, I would have never met anyone from the civil engineer squadron or the judge advocate; let alone anyone from the network operations group,” Granger said. “Additionally, the mentoring sessions have been an invaluable experience. We’ve had two generals come and provide mentoring. It was nice to have them here and casually give us insight into their experiences.”
Moreover, private organizations give Airmen a chance to help on and off-base communities. For instance, the Airman’s Council helps with promotion ceremonies, donates time and money to award banquets, deployed family dinner and Airmen Against Drunk Driving.
Off base, the council members have built four houses for Habitat for Humanity, raised money for Muscular Dystrophy and been involved with dozens of other non-profit organizations.
“As new Airmen, we see things with a new light and we can really create those waves of change,” Howell said. “There is so much untapped potential in all of us and getting involved would not only unlock that potential but it would help create amazing leaders.”
Both Howell and Grager encourage Airmen to join in various private organizations.
“We should be the voice, eyes and ears for the Airmen on the installation, promote unity, enhance professionalism, provide support and feedback for quality of life interests, and contribute to the morale and welfare of all persons assigned to this base,” Howell said.
The following are the points of contact for each private organization:
Top 3: Senior Master Sgt. Brian Ginter
Diamond Council: Master Sgt. Genevieve Sills
Airmen Council: Senior Airman Luke Howell
Company Grade Officer Council: Capt. Kainoa Grager
5/6 Council: Tech. Sgt. Adam Greer
Air Force Sergeants Association: Tech. Sgt. Brad Baker