by Airman 1st Class Dillon Johnston
341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
3/12/2015 - MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Results
from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 Air Force Personnel Center
personnel action report have affirmed the 341st Force Support Squadron
Military Personnel Section as the best in Air Force Global Strike
The MPS attained not only the best in AFGSC, but second overall for
small MPSs Air Force-wide, and third for all MPSs in the Air Force,
regardless of size. These achievements were made possible through
consistent dedication from the Team Malmstrom members who work in the
"We are not a '1-800-Here's the website organization;' that's not our
style," said Brian Jolly, 341st FSS manpower and personnel flight chief.
"Our attitude is to delight (each) customer by delivering the highest
Providing a number of vital personnel processes for the base, including
implementing the new Force Improvement Program initiatives, the MPS
constantly delivers professional and accurate services, helping to keep
Team Malmstrom in the fight.
"With FIP dominating the news, what often is overlooked are the people
behind the scenes implementing medal programs and the new special duty
and assignment incentive pay programs. (Those are) our guys," said Ken
Sylva, 341st FSS MPS chief. "They're like linemen on a football team, in
the trenches doing the heavy lifting with little glamor or recognition,
but the moment they stop, our operators get sacked."
One of the "linemen" on the MPS team is Staff Sgt. Leanee De Los Santos,
a force management supervisor. She strives to provide excellent
customer service because it's how she would want to be treated.
"I know I wouldn't want my records messed up," De Los Santos said. "I
try to help everybody as much as I can and provide the best answers, and
make sure everybody is taken care of."
As a relatively new staff sergeant, De Los Santos has only been to one
other base, but can easily see the stark differences in how her new MPS
"There's a lot more customer care here," she said. "Just better interaction with the community and overall people on the base."
What makes this particular MPS unique is the abundance of young
first-term, first-base Airmen who are responsible for the base's
personnel workload every day.
"We have an extremely, extremely young staff," Sylva said. "Where we're
authorized two master sergeants and a senior master sergeant, we had
none that quarter. Where we're authorized four technical sergeants on
the MPS central staff we had two, and where we're authorized five staff
sergeants, we had three.
"When you look at the manning board, it is completely filled up with
first-term, first-assignment Airmen, and that's what makes them
special," he continued.
Sylva and Jolly believe promoting an environment of innovation and trust is paramount in growing their young Airmen.
"We don't dwell on our people making mistakes - we just don't," Jolly
said. "Our people don't come in (to work) feeling threatened, I think
that's important in developing our Airmen."
"I want them to lean forward and take risks," Sylva said. "And we try to reinforce that - we don't try - we do reinforce that."
"You can't have innovation if you don't let them have the freedom to think," Jolly added.
Looking to the future, Sylva and Jolly want to continue in the same
direction and strive to attain even greater achievements through
continuous process improvement and challenging and empowering the staff
of the MPS.
"We ask our Airmen to do things that are far beyond their (paygrade),"
Sylva said. "I tell our Airmen that my job is not to make them staff
sergeants, if you're an Airman my job is to make you a technical
"We are constantly double checking and triple checking each other - not
in a 'gotcha' standpoint, but from a 'how can we improve this'
standpoint," he continued.
In the end, all of the hard work that goes into making the lives of Team
Malmstrom members easier comes from respect and pride in the work they
do each day.
"We're proud of the operators on base," Sylva said. "We take great pride
in helping them complete their mission, because it is a team fight, and
if they are in here taking care of personnel it means they aren't out
there taking care of operational, maintenance, and security forces