Combat Airlifter - 440th Airlift Wing

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Combat Airlifter - 440th Airlift Wing

TheCombat AirlifterVolume 2, No. 4June 2008Wing CommanderCol. Merle D. HartDirector, Public AffairsDennis J. MehringWing Chief, Public AffairsLt. Col. Ann Peru KnabePublic Affairs StaffCapt. Jim IvieCapt. Lt. Jeff SchoenMaster Sgt. Kevin BrodyTech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerStaff Sgt. Erica NeubauerMultiMedia StaffTech. Sgt. Cynthia AidooSenior Airman Susan ParentSenior Airman Jacqueline PenderOffice of Public Affairs440th Airlift Wing374 Maynard St. Suite 301Pope AFB, NC 28308-2409Phone: 910.394.5455FAX: 910.394.5459http://440aw.afrc.af.milThis funded Air Force newspaperis an authorized publication formembers of the U.S. military andtheir families. Contents of theCombat Airlifter are notnecessarily the official view of, orendorsed by, the U.S. government,Department of Defense orDepartment of the Air Force.Content is compiled, originated anddeveloped by the Public Affairsstaff of the 440th Airlift Wing, AirForce Reserve Command. Allphotos are Air Force photosunless otherwise indicated in thephoto byline.On the cover:Senior Master Sgt. Bill Westling,95th Airlift Squadron flightengineer, is the last of the hybridsfeatured on the Combat Airliftercover. The hybrids were theoriginal wing members who movedto Pope Air Force Base, N.C.photo by Master Sgt. Kevin BrodyBy Col. Jon Thorell440 th Airlift Wing Vice CommanderThis year is proving to be a busy time for the wing.Our long-lasting lineage of excellence and reputationfor success depends on all our Airmen embracing threestrategic areas: ReserveNet, AFSO21 and ORI preparation.ReserveNetReserveNet is a comprehensive web-based managementsystem that allows Reservists to log in from anyinternet connection in the world. The amount of informationthat could be available on ReserveNet is nearlyunlimited. Current uses include tracking of trainingcompletion, broadcast emails to home and base accounts,medical qualification data and tracking of annualtour requests. In addition, the system pulls allinspection checklists into one program. With the managementcontrol toolset, units can complete virtual unitcompliance inspections. But this is just the tip of theiceberg – official military uses of ReserveNet are limitedonly to the imagination.Wing leadership expects ReserveNet to help Airmencomplete computer-based training prior to UTAs fromtheir homes. Through ReserveNet, Airmen will be ableto use Reserve management periods under thetelecommute option and complete required training forpay. ReserveNet relies on centralized control and decentralizedexecution anywhere, anytime. This meansmanagement (the controllers) can place informationonline, and Reservists can access the information theyneed from their homes. The system is fully supportedby 22 nd Air Force and Air Force Reserve Command.ReserveNet training sessions are offered every UTA.AFSO21 – Air Force Smart Operationsfor the 21 st CenturyLike ReserveNet, AFSO21 also presents the 440 th withgreat opportunities to save time and money. AFSO21stands for Air Force Smart Operations for the 21 stCentury. The purpose of AFSO21 is to generate efficienciesto improve combat capability. AFSO21 requirescommander involvement, participation, and leadershipat all levels.Command Perspective440th moves toward dynamicfuture with three key programsphoto by Tech. Sgt. Steve StaedlerCol. Jon Thorell, 440th Vice CommanderThe emphasis here is on leadership. Commanders andfrontline supervisors best understand the processes thatare needed to effectively operate their units and theyknow where the greatest potential improvement in combatcapability and return on investment can come from.It is the commanders’ and leaders’ role to remove barriersfor our Airmen in getting the job done effectively andefficiently. Our Airmen need to let leadership know whatthese barriers are.AFSO21 needs to be tied to measurable results. Improvementscan come in many fashions - quality, cost,manpower, and equipment availability, to name just afew. The bottom line is that we need to understand whatit is that we desire from any given AFSO21 effort andthen be able to measure and assess the results.As Reservists, we have 12 weekends a year to completemost of our work. It’s critical we maximize our UTAswith minimal space, time and money costs, and AFSO21will help us reach goals under these constraints. If yousee an area where the wing can save time, money orefficiency, let your voice be heard. AFSO21 initiativesspan across the Air Force.~ continued on page 3Page 2 The Combat Airlifter June 2008

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