913th Airlift Group leadership charts future of unit

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  • By By Maj. Ashley Walker
  • 913th Airlift Group

The Air Force Reserve 913th Airlift Group leadership team took an in-depth look into the group’s mission, vision, and priorities and outlined goals during a Strategic Alignment Summit, Sept. 9-10.

The event brought in leaders and subject matter experts from each unit within the group to define the direction the organization is heading over the next few years.

“The purpose of this event is to clearly define goals and objectives for our organization that are aligned with 22nd Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command,” said Colonel Christopher Lacouture, 913th Airlift Group commander, who kicked off the summit. “We have to deliberately focus our time and resources within our scope of influence that will enable us to deliver combat-ready Airmen.”

The summit included discussions about implementing lessons learned from the group’s last round of deployments, how to develop and empower Airmen, and modernizing the Groups to meet future requirements.

“I intentionally set up questions and discussions in order to pull ideas from the experts across the group. In the end, we were able to produce the organization’s overall goals, objectives, and how we will measure success,” said Chief Master Sgt. James Henjum, Process Manager. “Now that we’ve outlined the group’s overall plan, I will work with each squadron to outline its specific goals in the next coming months. This will ensure each unit is working proactively to support the group’s mission.”

With the majority of the group deploying in the future, the organization’s mission and vision remained the same. Colonel Lacouture presented new priorities built upon previous successes and a renewed emphasis on readiness.

The 913th Airlift Group’s mission, vision, and new priorities are:

913 AG Mission: Provide combat-ready Airmen, tactical airlift, and agile combat support.
Vision: Empower Reserve Citizen Airmen and Total Force Partners to meet any challenge.
Priorities: Restore and sustain readiness.  
Modernize and improve to meet future threats.
Train and develop ready leaders and Airmen.


“From this event we produced actionable goals and objectives,” Lacouture said. “I look forward to seeing action. After a year we will reassess our goals and objects and adjust accordingly. What we’ve done here is important work that will actually make the unit better.”

A copy of the Strategic Plan can be found here: MVP Snapshot