Mission Monday: Functional Area Management

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – It’s Mission Monday. Meet Master Sgt. Roger Rhodes, Air Force Ground Transportation Functional Area Manager with the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center in San Antonio.

Rhodes and his team provide management and oversight of 2T1 ground transportation Airmen when it comes to manpower, training, operational planning and execution to ensure they are adequately prepared to support home station operations and agile combat support anywhere and at any time.

We asked the Dyersburg, Tennessee, native to tell us a little more about himself and the work he does for the Department of the Air Force.

What do you love about your job?
That I am able to help so many people from across the globe. Rather it be 2T1 Airmen, unit deployment managers or the various A3s, being able to tackle the daily challenges at a time when the Air Force is so rapidly evolving is a humbling experience. 

When it comes to your job, what keeps you motivated?
My family and coworkers 

Why are you and your team important to the Air Force and Space Force enterprise and your customers?
Our ground transportation team is crucial to the enterprise because we ensure personnel and equipment are being efficiently managed to support missions globally. Our roles as major command functional managers and FAMs are fundamental for maintaining operational readiness and is instrumental in enhancing the overall effectiveness and success of the DAF missions that directly impact defense capabilities and the strategic objectives of our nation. 

Describe a project or event you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
There are a variety of projects our team has worked on in the short two and half years I have been assigned here, but I think the one that provides me the most accomplishment would be the continued development of the Air Force’s Force Generation Model. Although it is still evolving and has undergone many iterations since
launch, being able to lay the foundation for a concept that will be used for the next few decades and impact many generations of Airmen is truly a meaningful experience.

How does what you do support AFIMSC’s strategic priorities?
Our work directly impacts the DAF’s priorities when it comes to optimizing the force for the Great Power Competition. Additionally, it ensures that combat wings or next deployment iteration are postured correctly, and that Airmen stationed abroad are ready and available to execute the wartime functions that GPC requires.