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Airmen speak in 2005 climate survey

WASHINGTON -- More than half of all Airmen participated in the 2005 chief of staff organization climate survey, which allows participants to voice their opinions on issues affecting them and their jobs.

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. T. Michael Moseley released the results of the survey to all the major commands March 31.

Strong leadership focus on the survey was credited for the 53 percent total force participation rate, an increase from previous years.

Overall, many of the numbers stayed the same, with only minor declines in some areas.

“The results are encouraging on a couple of fronts. First, the responses were from our total force team, and secondly, there was no noticeable difference in overall satisfaction from those deployed and those at home station,” said Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray.

He said job satisfaction is an important area of concern as Air Force expeditionary commitments continue to rise.

According to the results, active duty senior airmen are the least satisfied among active duty personnel, although job satisfaction remained about the same overall. Trust in leadership was also an area introduced in the recent survey. From a total force perspective, middle enlisted member’s trust in unit senior leadership is significantly lower than all other ranks, although overall job satisfaction increased slightly.

“There will always be areas where we need to focus and improve,” Chief Murray said. “From the enlisted perspective, ensuring NCOs and senior NCOs are stepping up to their leadership responsibility is critical.”

The majority of Airmen indicated, too, that Air Force leaders used the results from the 2003 survey in a positive way, and Chief Murray vowed that will continue with the 2005 results.

“We’ll take data from this survey and continue enhancing our professional development at all levels,” he said. “Our core value -- excellence in all we do -- is a goal of constant pursuit.”