CRW Spouses connect with leadership, mission

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Luther Mitchell
  • 621st Contingency Response Wing Public Affairs

Senior leaders and spouses from the 621st Contingency Response Wing participated in a Spouse Immersion event to learn about the unique mission of the wing and connect with other spouses at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, Jan. 16.

“In an unpredictable organization with a variety of short notice taskings, support from the home front is critical,” said Carrie Jackson, 621st CRW spouse and one of the event organizers. “Our wing has an incredible mission unlike any other in the Air Force, and we want spouses to feel connected to the spectrum of contingency response.” 

Spouses learned about the unique history of the wing, its four mission sets, as well as the equipment Devil Raiders use when deployed. Helping agencies from the 87th Air Base Wing were also in attendance to share available resources.

“Our leadership teams and spouses across the CRW are working to provide support to Airmen and families of this wing,” Jackson said. “Life can get complicated, and we want families to know that there are people they can turn to such as our key spouses, helping agencies from our host wing or a friend that they meet at the event.”

Learning what their family member does for the organization was eye opening to those in attendance.

“We are new to this base and the CRW, and this was really great for me to know what my husband was doing now outside of his usual position,” said Laura Lange, 321st Contingency Response Squadron spouse. “This was really informative, and I learned a bunch.”

The CRW’s enduring priorities include mission, Airmen, and families and it’s events like this that help bridge the gap between leadership and families. Devil Raiders wouldn’t be able to accomplish their mission without the support of their families.

“Spouses play a vital supportive role in the success of Airmen and the success of the mission,” said Kimberly Jenkins, 621st CRW spouse. “When there is solid support at home, Airmen can focus on the mission.”