BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
A group of Airmen at Beale have recently created a new organization called A.C.E or “Airmen Committed to Excellence”. The idea behind A.C.E is to bring together Airmen from across the base to network both professionally and socially with the goal of building better bonds as wingmen.
“We have been working on the A.C.E concept since December 2016, and we had our first meeting in February. It is focused on the Airmen or the ranks of E-1 through E-4,” said Airman 1st Class Alicia Salinas, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron Public Health technician.
“The purpose of the organization is to create a voice for Airmen on Beale, a place to bring up any concerns or ideas that would improve their lives, as well as establish relationships with their peers,” said Senior Airman Ashley Davis, 9th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental technician.
The new organization meets monthly and they have some innovative programs they are looking to start soon. One of the main programs they are pursuing is a “Beale Lift” group that would coordinate rides for Airmen around the installation as well as in the local area.
“We are trying to come up with a way to provide transportation to the new Airmen that do not have a way of getting around,” said Davis “Summers on Beale can get very hot, and if we can lend a hand it can make a big difference in their lives.”
Prior to the creation of A.C.E the only other Air Force related professional organization was “Rising 6” which covered the first six enlisted ranks on Beale. This new organization will allow the members to focus on a smaller peer group, and tailor their efforts.
“We want to bridge the gap between Airmen and base leadership, and create a strong dialogue between the two,” said Davis.
“Our meetings are the 4th Friday of every month at 10 a.m., we don’t have a set meeting place, so we have them throughout the base to facilitate new Airmen attending,” said Salinas.
Davis and Salinas are optimistic that Airmen will embrace this new organization and see the benefits moving forward.
“I want Airmen to know you have peers that are going through the same thing you are going through,” said Davis. “It could be your first base or second base, but we are all Airmen, we are all human beings so we don’t always have to focus on being in the professional work setting, we can crack that shell and get out and get to know one another.”
For more information visit the A.C.E Facebook.