CGOC: a network of CGOs

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  • By Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle
  • 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs
Every Air Force base has many organizations that have been established and are well known. However, many of the well-known organizations rely on support from many lower organizations that work in the shadows to support the base. One such organization is the CGO council.

"The council's main focus is the CGOs on base," said 1st Lt. Suzanne Bauma, 90th Security Forces Group commander's executive. "The council provides a way for Warren's CGOs to meet one another and learn about each-others jobs."

The council becomes a networking group for the CGOs, allowing them to discover who to call or who to talk to about questions or concerns that pop up during work, said 2nd Lt. Samantha Goff, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron.

"Without the CGOC, I would not have met half the people I talk to on base," Goff said. "The council is a great networking tool for all CGOs."

Although the CGOC is mainly a networking tool, the council also supports many other organizations - such as the top three and the Airmen's Council - to host a variety of events on base for both CGOs and for other Airmen, Bauma said.

"We are currently planning a CGO immersion tour of the security forces group for the end of May that will allow CGOs to see what we do every day," Bauma said. "We are also planning to have an Airmen's event during the summer where CGOs will cook food for the Airmen."

"The council has been a growing force in the past year, but before that, the council was in turmoil, Bauma said. "About a year ago, the council went through a major revitalization, and now we are running strong."

The future of the CGOC looks bright, but there is still room for improvement.

"I hope that the future of the council is a growing number of CGOs who actively participate in events and actively help out in hosted events," Goff said.

The council is actively looking for further participation from the base CGOs.

"The more CGO participation we get, the more events we can put on, which will allow the organization to prosper, give better opportunities to meet and have better rounded CGOs," Bauma said.

On March 14, the CGOC hosted two events that supported two different groups on base. The CGOs went to Starbase academy, an educational program that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math located in the Reaper Armory in Cheyenne, Wyo. For Airmen, the CGOC worked with the United States Air Force Academy admissions to host a Leaders Encouraging Airman Development Program for Airmen interested in transitioning from enlisted to officer through the US AF Academy.