WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- The 88th Air Base Wing is charged with accomplishing a multitude of challenging missions every day, and having a strong, renewed mission statement that captures its goals is aimed at reminding teammates they have a crucial part in delivering a successful mission.
Created by leadership, the renewed mission statement – “Deliver war-winning capabilities through agile installation & mission support” – was recently set forth within a revitalized strategic plan that encompasses what the wing is responsible for and how each Airman helps accomplish it daily.
Col. Patrick Miller, 88 ABW and installation commander, said the mission statement acknowledges the wing’s critical role in supporting its 115-plus mission partners and their mission sets. It also highlights the wing’s inherent role to build ready Airmen for home-station and combatant command requirements.
“Mission statements provide the team the foundation for who we are as an organization and where we can be. Why we exist as a team,” said Chief Master Sgt. Jason Shaffer, 88 ABW command chief. “For every Airman that is part of the 88th Air Base Wing, the mission is who we are and makes us proud to be a part of this team.”
The new mission statement promotes shared knowledge and growth for everyone, while reinforcing the wing’s beliefs and firmly establishing the strategic plan.
“We only can move forward as an organization when we each know how we fit and what we need to work for,” Shaffer said.
In respect to all the missions and support the wing is tasked to generate, the statement captures the essence of teamwork’s importance through support, leaders say.
William Neitzke was one of the 88 ABW members who contributed to establishing the strategic plan’s renewed lines of effort. The wing’s safety director said he looks forward to the results the mission statement will bring.
“Our wing does so many different things every day and does them well,” he added. “This mission statement helps everyone focus on how their particular task for the day fits into the bigger picture. It reminds us we all have a part in making the overall mission of the Air Force a success as we contribute to national defense.”
Serving hundreds of tenant agencies and the installation overall, the 88 ABW mission statement renders support and aid in knowing and fulfilling Wright-Patterson Air Force Base’s overall mission.
“We accomplish (the mission) through every one of our team members. Everything we do for our own mission or in support of our mission partners is done by not being the best but striving to give our best,” Shaffer said. “This mission statement is why we exist: to deliver capabilities through our team members and organizations.”
Leadership encourages the entire wing to continue working together and toward the mission statement daily.
“This is only the beginning,” Shaffer added. “The next step is reinforcing our mission and vision into what we do every day.”