No shoes, no shirt, no problem: first-ever virtual town hall

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany -- What: It's a town hall...from your couch, in your home, on your mobile phone, tablet device or (call us old-fashioned) computer. Simple, right? There's no speaking in front of a large group of strangers, or trying to rearrange your busy schedule for this town hall. You are just one click away from sharing your thoughts and bettering our community.

Why: One, because virtual town halls are cool, and it is the first one ever at Spangdahlem Air Base. Two (and more importantly), you can make a difference by telling us what you see on base. What's good, what's bad, what can be improved...we want to hear it all. Join in the conversation. Everything you bring to the table will be discussed and solved by your fellow members of Saber Nation at the Caring for People forum Jan. 29. All the feedback and proposed solutions go into the Community Action Plan, which paves the way for improving our community, now and in the future.

When and where: Thursday, Jan. 23 at 4-5 p.m. on our Virtual Town Hall event page here.

How: It's simple...you post a question, comment, idea or suggested improvement any time from now until the actual town hall. Our subject matter experts respond and write your suggestion down for the upcoming forum of problem-solvers. If we haven't answered your question within the hour, we'll address it afterwards in an article posted on www.spangdahlem.af.mil. Simply put, we will answer your questions or address your comment. Your voice will be heard.

Note on the where: when you do give us that feedback, make sure you write on our virtual town hall event page, not the main page. We want to ensure that all your thoughts and suggestions are seen and responded to, and this makes it easier for everyone to access.

Who: Don't worry, it's not just anyone answering your questions and responding to your comments. We've got a smart group of SMEs in various fields, ranging from civil engineering to DoDDs schools to Airman and Family Readiness Center programs, ready for you. They will be gathered together from 4 to 5 p.m. to answer your questions and take your comments and suggestions. There are six areas we'll focus on, but if you have something else in mind to improve about our community, don't be shy!

Single Airman Support

Health & Wellness

Spouse Support

Housing Support

Child & Youth Activities

School Support

The Catch: There's always one, right? Because this town hall is specifically about quality of life on base, and it is on a family-friendly forum, there are a couple rules. If you cannot abide by the rules, your comment will be deleted, and your question will not be answered.

We will not allow:

· Comments or submissions that contain vulgar, profane, hateful or abusive language or images; personal attacks ...of any kind; or offensive terms that discriminate against specific ethnic, national or racial groups.

· Comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic," or that promote services or products. Comments should be limited to those relating to the U.S. Air Force. Comments that make unsupported accusations will not be permitted.

· Posts specifically about political parties or individuals. This is not a political page - political rhetoric is not permitted.

· Comments that promote or advertise a business or commercial transaction. This includes promotion or endorsement of any financial, commercial or non-governmental agency.

· Comments that suggest or encourage illegal activity.

· For Official Use Only (FOUO), classified, pre-decisional, proprietary or business-sensitive information to be posted on this page.

You participate at your own risk, taking personal responsibility for your comments, your username and any information provided.

We look forward to hearing your thoughts, comments and concerns!