y Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White
36th Wing Public Affairs
3/6/2015 - ANDERESEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The
commander of Air Force Global Strike Command, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson,
met with deployed Airmen here March 2-3, to thank them for their work
and provide updates on various command initiatives.
"Thank you all for setting a really high bar over the last six months
and doing some extraordinary things like supporting Cope North, the
no-notice deployments, getting jets out of here for typhoon evacuations
... flying around every place in the AOR, and just being good Airmen
setting a great example for all our partners," Wilson said during an
all-call with nearly 400 Airmen deployed here from Barksdale AFB, La.,
supporting the Continuous Bomber Presence mission in the Asia-Pacific
During the event, the general also provided an update on AFGSC's Force
Improvement Program, an ongoing bottom-up program that seeks feedback
from Airmen directly on how to improve mission accomplishment.
"It's a continuous force improvement philosophy, so I want to make sure
that people understand that. It's not a 'one and done,'" Wilson said.
"We're going to go back to the field and talk to people who have ideas
on how to do things better."
Since FIP's inception a year ago, AFGSC has collected more than 4,100
surveys and conducted more than 1,700 one-on-one interviews with Airmen
supporting the bomber mission. This program helped leadership pin-point
six major areas that needed more focus including training capabilities,
CBP, aircraft sustainment, cruise missile sustainment, Total Force
integration and maintenance generation.
Wilson also noted some other changes within the command, including an
upcoming change in leadership. AFGSC will become a four-star command,
pending the Senate's confirmation of Gen. Robin Rand, the current
commander of Air Education and Training Command.
In addition to the all call, Wilson met with the governor of Guam and
the commander of Joint Region Marianas. He also made several site visits
around the base to meet one-on-one with deployed Airmen supporting the
CBP and garnered feedback from them regarding accomplishments and
recommended improvements from their deployment.
The general also took the opportunity to recognize a handful of Airmen
who came up with problem-solving initiatives for the mission during
their six-month deployment here. Among those recognized was a group of
Airmen who set up a fully-functional consolidated toolkit located
conveniently on the flightline, saving the Air force almost $2 million
and significantly cutting down on transit time for maintainers to manage
"We've got a lot of incredibly smart and talented Airmen," Wilson said.
"We need to listen to them and empower them to continue to be