Local

April 19, 2013

‘Every dollar counts’ ushers in new savings culture

Amaani Lyle
Air Force public affairs Agency

WASHINGTON, D.C., – With budgets shrinking, Air Force leaders are calling on Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the Every Dollar Counts campaign.

In the wake of sequestration, the initiative marks a cultural shift that empowers Airmen to find and recommend areas for savings that may be used to support readiness needs, said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry Spencer.

Beginning May 1, Airmen can submit their cost-reducing ideas via the Airmen Powered by Innovation websites while at home, the office, or on their smartphone. Links to those sites will be released soon.

Both uniformed and civilian Air Force members can participate in the month-long open call for ideas and share their creative and efficient ways to save money and time.

“When things get tough, Airmen figure out a way to get it done,” Spencer said. “We have some of the most innovative folks in the world, so I know there are ideas about how we can do things better.”

Spencer’s resource management and budget-related background amplifies the urgency to mine those ideas.

“We stopped flying one-third of Air Force active duty combat-coded fighter squadrons in April and we’re projected to slow down or stop the flow of aircraft and engines in the depots,” Spencer said.

Furthermore, he said, the Air Force must trim about $11 billion in the last half of fiscal year 2013. Additionally, our overseas contingency operations funding is almost $2 billion short so we have to make up that difference as well.

In addition, the challenge is compounded by the sequester timeline, which officially began March 1.

“We have to squeeze a year’s worth of cuts into about six months,” Spencer said of the Air Force budget. “So there’s a lot of money to be taken out of our budget in a short period of time I’ve never seen anything quite like it.”

Airmen at every level should feel less encumbered by perhaps dated, or unnecessary Air Force Instructions or guidelines when brainstorming cost-cutting measures, the general said.

“Airmen Powered by Innovation means go into that file of good ideas that were maybe ‘too hard to do,’ pull them out and submit them,” Spencer declared. “If it’s a good idea and requires an Air Force Instruction change, then we’ll see if we can do that.”

Spencer wants Airmen to submit their ideas regardless of the idea’s potential savings.

“Whether it’s $500, $1 million or $30 million, we want to hear it because those dollars add up,” he said.

“We’re taking every angle we can to manage our money and ‘buy’ as much mission as we can,” he said. “In that sense, every Airman, whether they’re at a wing or headquarters can help.”

Spencer said the Every Dollar Counts campaign does not just focus on our wings but includes those large centrally managed accounts as well.

“The Centralized Asset Management Office at Wright Patterson Air Force Base manages the money we spend on flying hours, sustaining space operations and depot operations – more than $16 billion – so we’re taking a close review of that account to determine how we can stretch those dollars.

“This is an opportunity to not only look at homegrown ideas, but broader ideas that affect the larger Air Force as well.”

The general expressed optimism in quickly finding solutions through ideas.

“Innovation is what we’re all about,” Spencer said. “This is our family and we’re going to get through this because we’ve got great Airmen to help see us through this.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
NorCo

Looking sharp!

Chief Information Systems Technician Christian Joson, left, and Utilitiesman 1st Class John Anderson conduct a seasonal military uniform inspection of service members assigned to Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Divi...
 
 
LG-Read-Across-America-Feb-20141

Volunteers from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing

Volunteers from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., help celebrate the National Education Association’s Read Across America day at local area schools within the Riverside Unified School District, Feb....
 
 
130124-f-am806-002

Fourth Air Force commander leaves March, visits Joint Base Charleston reservists

Brig. Gen. John C. Flournoy, Jr., 4th Air Force commander visited the 315th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Jan. 24, 2014, as part of an effort to get out and see the wings under his command. Col. James Fontanella, 3...
 

 
U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz

Coping with drought; preserving a precious resource

U.S. Airforce photo/Linda Welz A drainage ditch on March Air Reserve Base, Calif., stands void of all but a few puddles of water on January 22, 2014, residue from landscape maintainance and evidence of the severe drought that h...
 
 

March Inn lodging system in place to improve your UTA experience

Due to the elimination of the Automatic Lodging Reservation System, the March Inn is operating on Air Force Instruction 34-246, Air Force Lodging Program, while a new wing instruction is being written. Use of the ALRS was eliminated because the Air Force Lodging Fund would not support it with Non Appropriated Funds and lodging lost...
 
 

701st Combat Operations Squadron tallies more than $5 million impact on local March economy

BEALE AFB, Calif. – Air Force Reserve jobs and expenditures funded by the 940th Wing at Beale Air Force Base, Calif., funneled nearly $5.1 million into communities surrounding March Air Reserve Base, Calif., according the wing’s fiscal year 2013 economic impact statement. The report tallied an annual payroll of $3,304,230 for 117 civilian and military...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin