The Air Force Public Affairs Program: A View from the Commander.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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This thesis examined the relationship between an AF Public Affairs PA Officer and an AF Commander. Respondents were randomly selected AF Commanders from Air Base Groups and Air Base wings. These individuals answered a 227-item Likert scale semantic differential questionnaire designed to elicit their responses on a variety of questions dealing with their relationships with PA Officers. Factor analysis of the replies showed there were two groupings of commanders within the group sampled. The first group was extremely positive in their relationship with Public Affairs and were identified by their thinking that Internal Information is the most important function of Public Affairs. The second group generally had a positive relationship with Public Affairs but were categorized by their thinking that Community Relations is the most important function of Public Affairs. Through a cross-tabulation, it was found that there was no support to the contention that a junior-ranking PA Officer was perceived as less competent by a Commander, or that Commanders with no previous command experience were less supportive of Public Affairs, or that a PA Officer has less promotion potential than an officer with an operational background.
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