by Staff Sgt. Rachelle Blake
55th Wing Public Affairs
4/16/2015 - OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The
343rd Recruiting Squadron hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the
opening of their area of operation's first "Hub" April 8 in Waukee,
Iowa, as part of the Air Force Recruiting Service's Flight-Centric
"Under this innovative concept, the majority of Air Force recruiters are
assigned together in a consolidated office located in a centralized
location with their flight chief, rather than having multiple one-or
two-person offices," said U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. James Johnson, AFRS
commander and guest speaker. "Recruiting offices located outside of a
certain radius of each of these Hubs will be considered a satellite
office or 'Spoke,' and will be assigned to a Hub like this one. This
construct is enabling the Air Force to strengthen our recruiting force
Since the first hub opening in 2013, the AFRS has seen improved
professional development, shortened training times, higher morale, and,
in most cases, exceeded recruiting production goals through the end of
Feb. 2015.This year alone the AFRS hopes to access 24,000 future Airmen.
The Waukee Hub is the eighth of its kind to open in the past two years.
"I'm excited because this new hub environment will better support, and
unleash the full potential of the Air Forces most important
resource...America's Airmen," said Lt. Col. Stephen Phillips, 343rd RCS
The general echoed his sentiment.
"The Air Force's overall mission is to Fly, Fight, and Win in Air,
Space, and Cyberspace and within that mission statement are many
critical subordinate missions," said Johnson. "And, in order to carry
these out, the Air Force must recruit talented young men and women from
across the country. This newest recruiting Hub represents the future of
how the Air Force will successfully recruit the thousands of future
Airmen our Nation needs."
According to AFRS, they are projecting to open approximately 160
Flight-Centric Transformation offices around the United States by 2021
and keep approximately 200 existing facilities as satellite offices.
Currently recruiting service has 925 enlisted recruiting offices and 183
flight chief offices;, approximately 900 of these existing offices will
close during this transformation.
The program will have an estimated cost savings of $11.8 million per
year, coming from reductions in real estate, supplies and equipment and
"As a final comment, I would like to highlight that Air Force Recruiting
could not be as successful as we are without the partnership of the
communities where we live and work; and for this we are tremendously
grateful," said Johnson. "Thank you for the support you provide to our
Airmen and their families...it is appreciated more than you know."