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New AFSVC school liaison division aims to further improve support for dependent education

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The Air Force Services Center recently established a division and regional school liaisons to oversee processes and programs regarding Pre-K-12 education.

In addition to public, private and parochial schools, this includes special education, homeschool, non-Department of Defense public schools on military installations, Department of Defense Education Activity, host nation schools, and military and family life counseling programs.   

"Our new division and recently appointed regional school liaisons play a pivotal role in bridging the connection between AFSVC and senior installation leaders, addressing a spectrum of issues related to Pre-K-12 education, public schools on military installations, and military and family life counseling programs," said Col. Carolyn Ammons, AFSVC commander. "Enhancing our responsiveness to community Pre-K-12 education concerns is a constant endeavor, as the well-being and support of our families, both on and off base, are integral to our mission readiness."  

Support for quality education has been a quality-of-life focus for the Department of the Air Force for more than a decade because of its impact on readiness and retention for Airmen, Guardians and families. The new division supports this focus by fostering collaboration, communication and support between schools and the communities they serve, as well as supporting command teams, educators and military-connected families through targeted, intentional support, said Lori Phipps, AFSVC School Liaison Program Division chief.

“The changes represent a significant step forward, elevating a proactive approach and signifying that Pre-K-12 education is important,” Phipps said. “It also provides a unified team to maximize resources, leverage efficiencies and acknowledge the uniqueness of the Department of the Air Force’s School Liaison Program components.”  

Regional school liaisons are divided into five regions for cross collaboration with the Office of Secretary of Defense - Defense State Liaison Office:   

East: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont and West Virginia  

Central: Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin  

West: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming  

Pacific: Pacific Air Forces installations and communities    

Europe: U.S. Air Forces in Europe installations and communities

The regional representatives, with support from the new division, “allows us to provide targeted, individualized support to installation communities and make a real impact,” Phipps said.  

"Differences in local demographics, installation missions and community characteristics significantly impact school liaison functions, and each state department of education manages Pre-K-12 education, making each community unique,” Phipps said.   

For more on the regional and installation school liaison programs, connect with Phipps or email