BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
The Headquarters Readiness and Integration Organization held its first-ever all-call for individual Reservists Aug. 28. More than 450 Airmen from around the world attended the virtual event.
HQ RIO, based at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, is responsible for managing the readiness of more than 7,000 individual Reservists stationed worldwide. Due to its members being geographically separated, an all-call was not possible before recent technology.
Since the pandemic hit in early 2020, the Air Force has been researching ways to enhance telework capabilities, including the Microsoft Teams-based commercial virtual remote environment. One of its capabilities is a CVR live event, which allows for hundreds of attendees to access an event without an account or log-in. These advances gave HQ RIO the opportunity to connect with its individual Reservists in an unprecedented way.
The all-call began with Col. Amy Boehle, HQ RIO commander, thanking the members for their service and for choosing to be individual Reservists. She said it is not always easy, but ensured the attendees that HQ RIO is working to make it better each day.
“You are at the center of our decision making process every day,” Boehle said. “We always ask, ‘will this decision or action make it better or worse for an IR?’ If it’s going to make it worse, we don’t do it. If it’s going to make it better, we go down that path and fight that fight for you.”
Chief Master Sgt. Stacy Wilfong, HQ RIO command chief, said leadership has been working with Air Force Reserve Command to make IR processes seamless and “make it easier from the minute you are gained all the way through your duration with HQ RIO.”
The event answered pre-submitted questions and gave Reservists the opportunity to ask more questions in the chat function, which were answered in real time by moderators from HQ RIO and detachment staffs.
The event was recorded and can be found at arpc.afrc.af.mil/hq-rio/training along with previous HQ RIO virtual training sessions. #ReserveResilient #ReserveReady
(Abrahams is assigned to the HQ RIO public affairs office.) ■