From Vision to Reality, Unite Revitalizes Squadrons.
In August 2016, Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) General David Goldfein, released his letter to Airmen titled, “The Beating Heart of the Air Force…Squadrons!“
In turn, AFSVA was asked to establish an activity rich program that would equip empowered Squadron/Unit commanders with options to facilitate unit cohesion.
The Unite Program was created and provides Commanders with funding for a variety of “personalized” formal and informal event opportunities for building unit cohesion.
As of January 2020, all Unite phases will be eligible to receive Unite Funding:
RefAF and APF/NAF Civ, Reserve, GSUs, Above Wing Level, Pilots in training at AETC bases, Non Air Force led bases/joint bases (McChord, Hickam, Andersen)
Note: Family members are welcome to participate, but they must pay any associated cost/fees.
Please contact the 99 FSS/FSWU Community Cohesion Coordinator (C3)/Unite Program POC for additional information.
Funds can be used:
- for Activities: Unite Appropriated Funds (APF) via MOA are designated to offset Airmen activity participation costs. Funding average is ~$13.50 per person to offset Airmen event costs. Funds can also be used for activities (bowling, golf, etc., equipment rentals, program supplies, decorations & entertainment).
- for Food: Unite Non-Appropriated Funds (NAF) can be used for the purchase of food and beverages in support of the Unite program to offset Airmen food costs. Funding average is ~$5.00 per person.
Funds cannot be used:
- to purchase equipment.
- to augment holiday parties on or off the installation.
- for transportation (i.e., renting limos, Uber, etc.).
- meals that are not consumed in conjunction with a Unite event.
- for alcohol or prizes.
- in conjunction with unit enhancement funds or SM&W funds.
Funds that are not utilized will be returned to AFSVC (APF MOA end of CY and NAF end of FY).
AFSVC will now conduct a mid-year review ro ensure installations are executing their allocated funds and they reserve the right to realign funding if installations are not executing their allocation. For Nellis and Creech we are encouraging all of our units to utilize funds early and submit your requests early
Note: All events requests require AFSVC approval prior to execution.
- Ready to Execute (RTE)
Programs are easy to implement. On-base, FSS-related events and programs keep funds on the installation and should be considered first. FSS-related events include those executed by Community Commons, Arts & Crafts, Outdoor Recreation, Gun Club, FamCamp, Sunrise Vista Golf Course, Warrior Fitness Center, etc.
- Unit Developed Program (UDP)
Squadron leaders are given the discretion to create UDPs that capitalize on opportunities available in the local area. UDPs require prior approval through the Air Force Services Center.
Charitable work provides a cost-effective team building activity allowing coworkers to see each other in a new light. Likewise, charitable work can make a distinguishable difference in the local community. In order to use Unite funds to offset costs of food used in conjunction with the event, an event proposal must be submitted.
The services provided by your on-base FSS facilities are second-to-none and FSS facilities provide a safe, value-packed, convenient location to host Unite events. When scheduling an event through an on-base FSS facility, let them know that you are scheduling a Unite event.
- Why FSS?
- Safe Environment
- Convenient Locations
- Re-invest in your local MWR
- Set-up and clean-up are available
- Better value – receive more for your money!
- Packaged or bundled food with various activities
- Full-service, customer-friendly, easy process for planning and executing your event
- Our Facilities:
- Arts & Crafts
- Auto Skills
- The Club
- Community Commons
- Crosswinds Dining Facility
- Desert Eagle RV Park
- Gun Club
- Information, Tickets and Travel
- Movie Theater
- Outdoor Recreation
- Sunrise Vista Golf Course
- Warrior Fitness Center
- Squadron POC Contacts the Installation C3/Unite POC
Your Squadron’s Unite POC should call or meet with your installation’s C3 to discuss objectives and ideas for your Unite event to help ensure all approval requirements are met. Please submit a POC letter to 99 FSS/FSW C3: 99FSS.FSW.C3@us.af.mil
- Submit your Event Proposal Form
All Unite request forms are available on our SharePoint site.
Please allow time for coordination and AFSVC approval. Note: AFSVC event approval may take up to 2-weeks.
- Collect DOD ID Numbers
ID Numbers are requested to send participants after action surveys to examine the correlation between participation in FSS programs and airmen & unit readiness. (Tip: Unit/Squadron POCs, you may be able to obtain DOD ID#s from your squadron training manager.)
- Have Fun at Your Event!
- Submit After-Action Information
We rely on Unit/Squadron POCs to provide detailed after-action information to improve the program.
Community Cohesion Coordinator (C3) / Unite Program
4475 England Ave, Bldg 20, Ste 239
Mon – Fri: 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM