Unite Program


The UNITE program is here to provide squadron leaders with the maximum flexibility to deliver programs that build cohesion for personnel within their unit. This includes assigned Active Duty, Civilians and Reservists.

In August 2016, Air Force Chief of Staff (CSAF) General David Goldfein, released his letter to Airmen titled, "The Beating Heart of the Air Force...Squadrons!" In turn, AFSVA was asked to establish an activity-rich program that would empower Squadron/Unit with options to facilitate cohesion.

The Unite program provides Commanders with funding to initiate programs that will benefit all Airmen in their unit including assigned Active Duty and APF/NAF Civilians. Family members and contractors are welcome to participate in the program but must pay their own expenses. 

 

Eligibility

Assigned Active Duty, Reserve, and APF/NAF Civilians.

Why Unite?

Our program goals are to support SQ leaders, maximize use of FSS facilities, measure impact, and provide maximum flexibility to SQ commanders. You can use this program for any of the following reasons:

  • Develop a new skill or competency
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Increase esprit de corps, comradery, or morale
  • Promote interaction between unit members
  • Provide an opportunity for fun or relaxation
  • Reinforce peer, squadron, or AF corps values
  • Work on team-building exercise

Building Unit Cohesion Through Group Recreation

How Can We Support

We can help you with funding for your Unite events. Currently, we can pay for food and beverages up to $5 per person attending and $14 towards the event cost. *Beverages do not include alcohol. Our support can only go towards unit cohesion events.

What We Cannot Support

UNITE funds cannot be used for: Holiday parties, end of year events, balls and banquets. Equipment purchases (rentals are okay). Squadron training/meetings. Alcoholic beverages. Dining in/out and Combat Dining Out. Gambling. Combining with any other appropriated or non-appropriated funding. Base wide special events. Purchasing prizes, giveaways, promotional/personalized items. Movies, concerts or theater events. Lodging and transportation. Portable toilets, trash services, cleaning fees or cleaning companies. Decorations should not exceed 10% of the total cost of the event. Funding cannot be divided based on rank, pay grade, age, race, gender or religion. Covering the cost of damage or late fees and taxes, tips or gratuities. While family members and contractors can participate, UNITE funds cannot be used to pay for them. 

Volunteer / Free Events Can Be Organized With Unite

Charitable work provides a cost effective team building activity that allows co-workers to see each other in a new light and can make a real difference in your community.

Suggested Programs:

  • Fun Runs / Obstacle Courses
  • Alpha Warrior Challenge / Fitness Events
  • Food Banks / Animal Shelter
  • Beach/Trail Clean-up
What You Can Get With Unite Programs
  • Squadrons will build unit cohesion
  • Develop new skills or competency
  • Improve physical fitness
  • Increase esprit de corps, comradery, or morale
  • Promote interaction between unit members
  • Provide an opportunity for fun or relaxation
  • Reinforce peer, squadron, or AF corps values
  • Work on a team-building exercise
Rules of Engagement

Planning an Event

  1. Unit POC contacts C3 (Community Cohesion Coordinator) to notify Unit interest in executing an event
  2. C3 provides Catalog of 'Ready-to-Execute' (RTE) Programs as well as Partnerships from the community. Units can either choose a RTE program, select from established partnerships, or create their own.
  3. Unit POC meets with their respective Squadron Commander / Civilian Leader with proposed event idea for approval
  4. An event request is created by the unit POC with the help of the C3 and signed by the Squadron Commander / Civilian Leader.

Requesting an Event

  1. Unit POC fills out request form for desired event
  2. C3 sends request to AFSVA (approval process may take 14 business days)
  3. Events is either approved or modifications are requested

Funding an Event

  1. Upon approval, units are allocated a specific budget for activities, food, and non-alcoholic beverages
  2. Funds are executed by the C3 and must have approval (do NOT use any other methods to execute funds)

Executing and Event

  1. Unit POC is responsible for event coordination and execution
  2. C3 assists as needed; provides overview and guidance for policies and procedures

Sharing Metrics from an Event

  1. Unit POC must complete AAR w/in 3 business days after the event and email to C3
  2. POC must provide all DOD ID numbers for participants along with the AAR. Participants are required to complete a survey when the event concludes (survey is sent via us.af.mil email)
  3. Unit POC encourages participants to complete survey

For more information, check the "Host Your First Unite Event with Five Easy Steps" links below.

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    Punting
  • Unite Program
    Team Building
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    Escape Rooms
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    Laser Tag
  • Unite Program
    Team Building
  • Bowling
    Bowling

    Programs & Services

    The UNITE program is here to provide squadron leaders with the maximum flexibility to deliver programs that build cohesion for personnel within their unit. This includes assigned Active Duty, Civilians and Reservists.

    How to Host an Event in 5 Easy Steps

    1. Establish your Person(s) of Contact

    Squadron Commanders will appoint squadron Unite POC(s) to the FSS Unite C3. It will list their duties. 

    Click here for the Letter of Appointment

    2. Event Proposal

    Complete and send to C3- Click here to email - The C3 will then submit the request for approval.

    They will then initiate payments after approval has been acquired.

    3. Have Fun at the Event!

    Enjoy your event! Please submit photos if possible as this lets us pass them along to show BIG Air Force what your squadron is doing to Unite!

    Please submit your photos via email along with your After Action Report.

    4. Collect DoD ID Numbers

    DOD ID numbers are required to track funding and attendance. Please send to C3 with the attached form.

    Click here for the DOD ID Collection Form

    5. Submit After Action Information

    The C3 will not be attending your Unite events so we are relying on you to provide detailed after action information so that we may improve the program. 

    AARs must be completed and sent to the C3 within 3 business days after the event. 

    Click here for the After Action Report Form

    Click here to email the C3

    Contact

    Phone

    tel:0163 857254

    Hours

    Mon – Fri
    10:00am - 4:30pm

    Holidays: Closed

    Address

    Beck Row,
    Bury Saint Edmunds,
    United Kingdom

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