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Air Force Secretary Visits MAFB

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The civilian head of the US Air Force is visiting Minot Air Force Base today.

Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James is making her second visit to the base this year.

In January, she visited airmen to assure them that she would be developing plans to improve morale and deal with scandals that had hit the missile wings of some bases.

Today, James returned to give Air Force members details about the force improvement plan that is the result of a bottom-up study on the missile bases.

James said the resulting package of pay increases, career path definition, and training changes should mean improved morale and a better force.

She says, already, the training changes implemented have ended the old Air Force paradigm of allowing zero training mistakes.

(Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force) "That zero defect mentality has been lifted, at least to a certain degree because there have been some mistakes, not serious mistakes, but there are mistakes made and you learn and you teach and it becomes a continual improvement environment so I would say that's the first piece."

James says the speed with which the force improvement plan was developed is an example of what happens when a healthy sense of urgency is combined with listening to people at all levels of the organization.

(Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force) "It helps when we have a process to bubble up proposals and when the leaders actually listen to the proposals and actually implement the proposals in some period of time which is reasonable."

Secretary James and General Stephen Wilson, commander of Global Strike Command, have visited all three of the Air Force's missile bases over the past few days.

 

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