Key Spouse group essential communicators for 388th FW during COVID-19

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – During the COVID-19 crisis few things, besides proper hygiene and social distancing, have been as important as communications.

In Hill’s 388th Fighter Wing, the Key Spouse group is helping spread critical information beyond Outlook inboxes and shop floors.

“The Key Spouse group is made up of spouses from each squadron who maintain a network of communication for all the spouses in their units,” said Col. Steven Behmer, commander of the 388th Fighter Wing. “They have been amazing in getting information from our leadership team out to our families, as well as being wonderful advocates for their units. We always try to be ahead of things, but they have been able to ask the right questions and get us focused on removing roadblocks we may have never known about.”

For the past three weeks, wing leadership has been holding a conference call with Key Spouses to help communicate wing and installation policies, as well as field questions and concerns from families.  The calls have been a great tool to ensure correct and accurate information is passed along to families and prevent rumors, said Cassandra Orzechowski, 421st Fighter Squadron Key Spouse.

“Every question we’ve had has been answered quickly, and it’s nice to hear the questions other people ask. If one person is wondering something, it probably means others are too,” said Catherine Arki, 4th Fighter Squadron Key Spouse. “Between these conference calls and the Facebook Live events, we definitely feel our leadership team cares.”

Editor’s Note: If you have a question, or you’re not sure who your unit’s Key Spouse is, please send an email to or message us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram @388FW.