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Junior Enlisted Council seeks more Airmen

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Senior Airman Natalia A. Howard, treasurer and former president of the 108th Wing Junior Enlisted Council, encourages more participation in council meetings at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 11, 2020. As one of its longest standing members, Howard has been with the JEC for three years. She notes that participating in the JEC produces real results. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea A. S. Williamson)

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Airmen of the 108th Wing listen as Senior Master Sgt. Julie Testa, superintendent, 108th Inspector General, speaks to attendees at the Junior Enlisted Council meeting on volunteer opportunities for the wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 11, 2020. Testa was JEC's first guest speaker of the year. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea A. S. Williamson)

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Airmen of the 108th Wing listen as a Junior Enlisted Council member encourages more participation in council meetings at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 11, 2020. While previous Airmen showed interest in JEC, past and present members hope to see greater support in 2020. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea A. S. Williamson)

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Senior Airmen David Correa, president of the 108th Wing Junior Enlisted Council takes a photo after a JEC meeting at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Jan. 11, 2020. Correa is a dedicated member and seeks to make a bigger impact this year with his new leadership role. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Andrea A. S. Williamson)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --
It’s a brand new year and the Junior Enlisted Council is reaching out for more Airmen!
 
Join Senior Airmen David Correa, president, Joseph Oswald, vice president, Natalia A. Howard, treasurer, and Kareem Neil and Tech. Sgt. Tiffany Williams, co-secretaries, as the new staff of the 2020 council.
 
At JEC meetings, members come together to discuss problems and solutions to be channeled up to senior leaders so improvements can be made, said former vice president, Tech. Sgt. Stacy McGrane, 108th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
 
In addition, JEC conducts fundraisers, such as bowling events and mixers, and host activities, such as the dunk tank, during Family Day, and a volunteer blood drive for community engagement. There is a guest speaker each month and an encouraging atmosphere for more events to be considered.
 
Not to mention, membership is free!
 
While previous Airmen showed interest, past and present members hope to see greater support in 2020.
 
As a dedicated member and now president, “I have a genuine interest in improving the wing and want to bring in new members,” said Correa, 140th Cyber Operations Squadron. “I have a lot of ideas and I know I can make a bigger impact with a leadership role.”
 
Meetings are held every Saturday drill at 1300 in the conference room of building 3335—the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron—unless a change of venue is sent by email.
 
“I went to my first meeting because someone invited me,” said McGrane. “But Airmen should understand, this is how you get heard.”
 
Participating in the JEC produces real results, notes McGrane.