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88th Air Base Wing to continue emphasis on 'Mission, People and Community'

Posted 1/4/2013   Updated 1/4/2013 Email story   Print story


by Col. Cassie B. Barlow
88th Air Base Wing Commander

1/4/2013 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB, Ohio -- Happy New Year! I'm excited about where the 88th Air Base Wing and the installation are heading in 2013. We will have new opportunities available for our personnel to develop and train for the future, and we will continue to build our valuable relationships with our community partners.

Ultimately, this is what we are about in the 88th and on the installation -- Mission, People and Community. These are the themes that you will continue to see throughout 2013 for Wright-Patt and the 88th Air Base Wing.

Over the last few months, the Mighty 88th has been developing four strategic priorities that will guide the 88th Air Base Wing through the next two years. Focused on Mission, People and Community, these priorities will enable us to implement effective processes and maximize the impact of our efforts, ensuring our workforce and Airmen are trained, resilient and prepared. Our motto is simple -- Strength through Support. Our 88 ABW strategic priorities are:
· Foster a safe, secure and operational environment;
· Develop and care for our people;
· Deploy and reintegrate capable, fit and trained warfighters;
· Optimize community partnerships.

The first of these priorities -- Foster a safe, secure and operational environment -- is part of what we do each day. We want to preserve our resources by reducing mishaps. Keeping our environment safe and accident-free will lead to a reduction in lost duty days, reduction in workers' compensation rates and associated costs.

We also want to maximize the security posture at our entry points, ensuring that base visitors are screened and vetted, while continuing to understand the risks we face executing this mission every day.

You will see us transition from a WPAFB network domain to an Air Force network domain, enabling more effective communications across the Air Force.

Finally, we are committed to reducing energy use. The recent Holiday "UnPlug It" campaign is one of many initiatives you will see over the coming year that targets reducing our energy footprint and being more energy conscious.

Our second priority -- Develop and care for our people -- looks to build our workforce by enhancing the quality of training we provide by moving to a behavior-based training methodology. In addition to our education initiatives, we will also be leveraging our excellent helping agencies to create a more resilient community.

There is nothing more important than our people, and it is our primary priority to take care of them each day, every day.

Our third priority focuses on being mission-ready. Deploy and reintegrate capable, fit and trained warfighters looks to maximize readiness by streamlining the deployment process, providing a one-stop-shop experience, reducing deficiencies and discrepancies, and optimizing pre-, trans- and post-deployment support for our military and civilian deployers and their families.

Both at home and abroad, providing the support to our Airman and their families throughout the deployment process is one key way to ensure mission readiness and success.

Finally, we understand that our success inside the fence is very much tied to the relationships we have with our community neighbors. Optimize community partnerships will involve targeting our outreach to our community leaders and organizations, strengthening capabilities and resources for the WPAFB population. Being proactive with our engagements and ensuring we are making the most of our opportunities to work with our installation, civic and local leaders is how we will continue to build the relationships that make living and working at WPAFB and the Miami Valley such a great experience.

We know that there will be challenges in 2013 as there have been in the years past. However, I am confident that we are on the right track to meet those challenges head on and rise to new levels of success.

We've got the right people. We have a clear mission and purpose. We have clear priorities.

I look forward to working together with each of you in the New Year and know that, together, we will continue to maintain the level of excellence that is the standard for the men and women of Wright-Patt.

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