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10 Air Force Improvement
AIR F June 21, 2012
NUMBER 77 Squadron is the
inaugural winner of the Air Force
Improvement (AFI) Team of the Year
Award in recognition of its whole-
of-squadron operating improvements
program in 2011.
CO 77SQN WGCDR Glen Beck
said that it was clear that improve-
ment initiatives had to be linked to the
required flying output.
"We looked at what flying was
really required and how the resource
requirements changed based on those
flying demands," he said.
77SQN ran a series of planning
workshops to identify causes of inef-
ficiency which informed planning
of improvement initiatives. It then
implemented a range of improvements
across the squadron to improve coordi-
nation between aircrew and flightline
staff, and to maximise the 'time on
tools' for maintenance staff.
FLTLT Amanda Gosling's efforts in
launching the 37SQN Maintenance
Management Improvement Program
(MMIP) earnt her the inaugural Air
Force Improvement Leadership Award.
The MMIP identified a number
of improvement opportunities within
37SQN, ranging from major activities,
such as optimisation of aircraft wash
procedures and assignment of dedicated
maintenance managers, to a large num-
ber of 'Just Do It' activities.
Accepting the award on behalf of
FLTLT Gosling, CO 37SQN WGCDR
Mark McCallum said that under FLTLT
Gosling's leadership, the MMIP had
directly contributed to an increase in
C-130 aircraft serviceability.
"In an environment characterised by
operational deadlines, overseas deploy-
ments and organisational stress, FLTLT
Gosling has gone beyond the straight-
forward requirements of her job as OIC
Flightline to envisage and deliver a bet-
ter future for her people and the capabil-
ity they support," WGCDR McCallum
said.He said FLTLT Gosling's commit-
ment to advise, guide and coach indi-
viduals in developing and delivering
reforms was a factor that clearly made
her a worthy recipient of the award.
The award was co-presented by
CAF AIRMSHL Geoff Brown and John
The results of 77SQN's improve-
ments have included:
A higher quality of aircrew cat-
egorisation scheme upgrades.
Better planning tools and better
communication, leading to a
reduction in wasted effort and a
higher quality of execution.
A very high mission achieve-
A more efficient and productive
A positive continuous improve-
The results of the MMIP improve-
ments have included:
Optimisation of aircraft wash pro-
cedures that could save 1200 man
hours a year.
Assignment of dedicated main-
tenance managers for aircraft
undergoing maintenance which
has already reduced delays in
aircraft releases and increases in
aircraft availability for tasking.
A flightline shift roster changeover
routine which has reduced fatigue
in the maintenance workforce
and maintenance issues on the
Monaghan from BAE Systems Australia
at the Air Force Awards Night at the
RAAF Base Amberley Combined Mess
on May 31.
FLTLT Gosling also received a CAF
Commendation in recognition of her
Acting Director General Air Force
Improvement GPCAPT Kevin Downs
said the leadership shown by FLTLT
Gosling in successfully engaging a large
workforce in taking on a substantial pro-
gram of reform was to be commended.
Leadership award for
in front of
"The improvements have yielded
outstanding mission achievement lev-
els, where flying program demands
have been consistently met by main-
tenance and support personnel,"
WGCDR Beck said.
"In 2011, we had serviceable air-
craft available for 99 per cent of pro-
"The understanding of the close
relationship between aircrew, main-
tenance, logistics and administration
staff has led to the consolidation of
business processes throughout the unit.
"The planning and management
of flying operations has become more
efficient, and the broader effects on
maintenance and supply are understood
in detail from the beginning."
WGCDR Beck said strong execu-
tive leadership had been central in both
the planning and execution of squadron
"However, we rely on ideas coming
in from all parts of the squadron at all
rank levels," he said. "This continuous
improvement culture is now becoming
part of the regular squadron business
The AFI Team of the Year Award
was presented by CAF AIRMSHL
Geoff Brown at the Air Force Awards
Night at the RAAF Base Amberley
Combined Mess on May 31.
Acting Director General AFI
GPCAPT Kevin Downs said the award
provided an opportunity to recognise
the great work that units were doing to
improve Air Force.
"Through their willingness to
question how they operate as a whole
squadron and change how they do
things, 77SQN have established a repu-
tation for excellence," he said.
"The next generation of leaders
being developed within the unit are
now experiencing a better way of doing
business and effective improvement
leadership. This in conjunction with
the generation of a positive change cul-
ture will assure their success."
the award from
jets prepare for
Photos: SGT Rob
Mitchell and LACW
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