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ACC assists maintainers with AFSO21

Staff Sgt. Janell McGivern and Airman 1st Class Steven Symsick order parts via computer from within an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Oct. 10 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. These new procedures are designed to save Air Force resources and were the focus a recent five-day Rapid Improvement Event. The event featured a delegation of Air Combat Command facilitators who assisted maintenance leaders in applying Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiatives. Sergeant McGivern and Airman Symsick are assigned to the 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Moody AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eric Schloeffel)

Staff Sgt. Janell McGivern and Airman 1st Class Steven Symsick order parts via computer from within an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter Oct. 10 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. These new procedures are designed to save Air Force resources and were the focus a recent five-day Rapid Improvement Event. The event featured a delegation of Air Combat Command facilitators who assisted maintenance leaders in applying Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiatives. Sergeant McGivern and Airman Symsick are assigned to the 723rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Moody AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Eric Schloeffel)

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Team Moody recently welcomed a delegation of Air Combat Command facilitators for a five-day Rapid Improvement Event to assist the base with its Air Force Smart Operations 21 initiatives. 

The RIE examined the repair and enhancement process which involves implementing more effective techniques to order and replace aircraft parts. 

The visit was designed to assist maintenance leadership on procedures that can save the Air Force time and money, said Maj. Nate Hancock, 23rd Maintenance Operations Squadron commander. 

"One way of improving aircraft availability is to look at the different processes; including the repair and enhancement process," the major said. "If we shorten the time of replacing a broken part, then the aircraft can get back in the air quicker. That was the grand scheme of this event." 

Though the ACC delegation wasn't familiar with aircraft ordering and repair procedures, their visit was intended to see how the wing could research and implement AFSO21 into daily workings. 

AFSO21 is a program designed to help increase Air Force efficiency by observing and improving each task and weeding out unnecessary steps. 

While the visit focused specifically on maintenance operations, AFSO21 is intended for implementation throughout all Air Force career fields. 

To prepare for the event, a group of Moody maintainers and logistics personnel convened to develop various ideas on updating current ordering practices, said 1st Lt. Jonathan Chandler, 23rd Logistics Readiness Squadron and RIE team leader. 

"We identified (aircraft parts ordering) issues to address to become more (in-line) with AFSO21," said Lieutenant Chandler. "The group had two weeks of preparations to analyze these current processes and seek areas where we could improve." 

The visit also helped maintenance leaders understand the basics of smart operations and showed the wing will readily volunteer for opportunities that can help them do business "smarter not harder," said Major Hancock. 

"Last March, we requested assistance from Air Force Special Operations Command to help ensure we were following the (Air Force secretary's) idea for AFSO21," he said. "So once Moody switched to ACC, they had already seen we asked for help and that was transferred (to the new command). 

"They were extremely appreciative that we reached out for help," the major added. "We had a team of experts working on this, so there was no room for failure. By doing this, it gave us a big step forward among the other wings in the command." 

Wing leadership agreed and feels AFSO21 is an essential doctrine that should be implemented at all levels to ensure best use of Air Force resources, said Col. Kenn Todorov, 23rd Wing vice commander. 

"To continue successfully completing the mission to the standards we're accustomed, Team Moody needs to constantly find innovations that make our operations more efficient and effective," said Colonel Todorov. "The visit proved Moody is willing to tackle the challenges this new culture of performing operations provides, but it also could serve as a pre-cursor for future events surrounding AFSO21 reviews in other work areas."

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