Leaders at Edwards AFB, Calif., say the installation’s honorary commanders program is a key tool for building and fostering relationships with the base’s host communities. The program, which matches local civic and business leaders with base leadership for two-year assignments, offers participants an opportunity to get a first-hand look at Edwards’ missions, reports 412th Test Wing Public Affairs. “Being able to tell a few key community leaders about ourselves and having them tell their contacts, and so on, ensures we’re able to do our mission and everyone benefits,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan McCall, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Detachment 7, known as the Rocket Lab. The program cultivates relationships which normally wouldn’t have to time to develop, McCall said. “Commanders are only in their positions for two years; that’s not long enough to make community partners on its own, so this program helps accelerate that,” he said.
Air Force photo by Edward Cannon