RST program practices AFSO21

The Readiness Support Team, which is a group of Airmen trained to respond in case the worst happens on base, is already using AFSO21 to get the job done. (Courtesy photo)

The Readiness Support Team, which is a group of Airmen trained to respond in case the worst happens on base, is already using AFSO21 to get the job done. (Courtesy photo)

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century or AFSO21, as it is more recognizably known, takes this culture to the next level by focusing on how to do things smarter. Here at Incirlik we are all about leveraging our people smartly.

The Readiness Support Team, which is a group of Airmen trained to respond in case the worst happens on base, is already using AFSO21 to get the job done.

"The RST is comprised of 25 highly trained individuals from various squadrons on base led by the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron CEX," said Master Sgt. Stephen Dagget, 39th CES Squadron RST coordinator. "This team helps the base quickly recover from natural disasters, accidents, and other unforeseen events. Since the Air Force is working smarter using leaning processes these days we took a close look at our program and determined we could reduce the number of personnel required while still retaining the ability to respond. It requires additional training time, but helps the base overall."

The team, which was once comprised of 44 members from three squadrons, is now comprised of 25 members from seven squadrons and instead of calling each individual during an emergency CE now just calls four team chiefs, saving time, money and man hours.

"Fewer personnel are being pulled from their primary duties, thereby reducing overall impact on mission accomplishment," said Tech. Sgt. Steven Phipps, 39th CES RST assistant coordinator.

Not only is the RST program practicing AFSO21, but according to Sergeant Dagget the team has performed very well.

"The RST is an extremely effective team as evident by our recent inspection," he said. "The United States Air Forces in Europe inspector general lauded the RST for its ability to respond in a calm, smart and professional manner."

The estimated savings of employing AFSO21 initiatives are:

- 1,824 total man-hours for RST members.
- $21,231 in man-hours (Based on E-4 pay).
- 19 RST team members.