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Bob's mission, that of the community support coordinator, is to build a stronger and more resilient Dyess community through outstanding support agencies that provide the best care and services available. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jonathan Stefanko/ Released)
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Bob Sayer what?

Posted 1/30/2013   Updated 1/30/2013 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Robert Wollenberg
7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs

1/30/2013 - DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Bob Sayer was born and raised in New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated from Salesian High School there in 1977. His father was a Navy veteran of World War II and his uncle a Navy veteran of Vietnam. And from the age of 8, Bob knew he wanted to follow in their footsteps.

"In the mid-1970s good jobs for young people were nearly impossible to find," he said. "The Air Force gave me an opportunity and kick-started a new life. If I didn't have the military option, there's no telling where I'd be now."

He enlisted in the Air Force in 1977 as a KC-135 crew chief. During his initial enlistment, he realized he liked helping people. He left active duty in 1981 and pursued a bachelor's degree in psychology at State University of New York Purchase College, N.Y.

After graduating from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College, Bob started his post-military career working night shift for the NYC Department of Transportation. He later supplemented his income teaching elementary school in City Island, Bronx, N.Y.

"My last year in NYC it rained every single day during the summer," he said. "Rowing my boat, fishing, anything outdoors was ruined by the rain. The year before, it rained every weekend in the summer. I wanted to move southwest where it was sunny and dry, and my rent finally reached the point where I saw no financially secure future if I stayed in New York."

He moved to Abilene, Texas, in 1991 after being selected for a job at the then new Dyess Family Support Center, now known as the Airman & Family Readiness Center. And thanks to the Air Force's civilian tuition assistance program, he continued his education at Abilene Christian University earning a master's degree in organization and human resource development.

"When I was in the Air Force there didn't seem to be any agencies available to offer work or life enrichment skills," Bob said. "Being chosen to work at the Dyess Family Support Center was the job of a lifetime. It was a chance to make sure people always had a place to go for help."

In 2012, the Air Force authorized 71 community support coordinator positions across the force to oversee and integrate community, family, individual support and resiliency programs. His time and experience with the A&FRC, and his educational background, qualified him well for the job.

Bob's mission, that of the community support coordinator, is to build a stronger and more resilient Dyess community through outstanding support agencies that provide the best care and services available.

"The helping agencies on Dyess have many outstanding services designed to help people get the most out of their Air Force experience," he said. "We want to offer the very best supportive services to our community. I believe this new position can help leaders and service providers be even more effective."

Since Dec. 2, 2012, Bob has established the position of community support coordinator, and continues to raise awareness of the position and the benefits it provides the base community as a whole, and base leadership.

"It humbles me that I have been given this wonderful opportunity to do my part and support our nation's military members and their families," he said. "Remember, we want to fix things whenever possible, but base agencies aren't always aware of what the base populous views as broken. So if you have comments, questions or concerns, come talk to me. I'm here for you."

The Community Support Coordinator's office is located up stairs from finance in the headquarters building, building 7316, room 214.

"We keep the coffee hot and the drinks cold for people who stop by," he said. "There is always an assortment of healthy snacks too, to encourage people to stop by, visit, share ideas and together, we will help build a stronger Dyess community."

For more information or to talk to the Community Support Coordinator, call (325) 696-1519, or e-mail bob.sayer@dyess.af.mil.

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