Through a crowdsourcing initiative, the Air Force is asking airmen to help leadership make positive, force-shaping changes … all the way down to the squadron level.
Federal News Radio reports the move is part of a larger push started by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein to fundamentally change the service.
“Several of the recent changes in Air Force programs affecting squadron personnel were the direct result of airmen in the field providing feedback under this focus area,” Brig. Gen. Stephen L. Davis, head of the Revitalizing Air Force Squadrons Task Force, tells Federal News Radio. “Our team will conduct additional base visits, but the Squadron Revitalization Idea Site provides an opportunity for the voice of every airman to be heard and included in the decision making process as we continue to improve the squadron as the core unit of the Air Force.”
To harvest airmen’s ideas and concerns, the Air Force is asking airmen to login online to comment, share and vote on ideas that could possibly improve its squadron units.
Federal News Radio reports airmen will have about a month to log onto https://www.milsuite.mil/revitalize to share their ideas.
Along with its crowdsourcing push, the Air Force is also conducting site visits. The Squad Revitalization Task Force has already conducted 12 base visits and interviewed more than 1,000 airmen, according to Federal News Radio.
The Chief of Staff announced the creation of three task forces last fall. These task forces focus on squadron structure and makeup, joint training and intelligence integration and are four-year efforts, according to Federal News Radio.
“They are each significant in scope and scale and each of them are going to require a partnership across the joint force, across the major commands, across the allies and with our industry partners. Each of these is a pretty significant effort,” Goldfein said.
Discussing the initiatives, Goldfein said throwing money at an issue is not going to be a solution this time — the service simply does not have the resources to take that route.
“When we talk about revitalizing squadrons, we aren’t talking about taking money and manpower and throwing them at this issue; quite frankly, we don’t have it. This is to step back and ask ourselves the fundamental question, ‘What does a 21st-century squadron need to look like?’ I think it looks different. I think there may be a civilian/military mix to it. … We have one Air Force with three components that are joined at the hip and we ought to look at that at the squadron level and see if there is a different mix we ought to look at,” Goldfein said.
According to Federal News Radio, the Air Force has already made some changes to the work airmen perform in squadrons. It cut extra duties airmen must perform and reduced some required training.
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