Innovation in Midst COVID Pandemic

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MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla — The 927th Air Refueling Wing held a continuous process improvement training event July 7-9 facilitated by Mrs. Meredith Seeley, Wing Program Analyst.    

    Opening up the training Col. Douglas Stouffer, 927 ARW commander, conference called in due to social distancing to greet and thank everyone for being able to attend this event in person. 

    “It’s been years since an event like this has been held,” said Stouffer  “My hope is that it makes a lasting change and effect on the wing.”

    The main focus of the CPI event was to tackle the issue of the Line of Duty determination process at the wing. The team consisted of members from across the wing, including unit health monitors, supervisors, commanders, stakeholders, and key members from the Force Support Squadron and the Aerospace Medicine Squadron. 

    “Innovation is not always creating something new; sometimes it is just finding a better way to work a current process,” said Seeley. “Bringing in different members from across the wing really helps to get everyone on the same page to see what worked in the past and what can be improved for the future.” 

    This three-day event incorporated CPI and innovation training and utilized a number of CPI methodologies. The event was originally scheduled for April, but was delayed due to the COVID -19 pandemic. The event was a hybrid of a traditional hands-on event with some virtual and electronic aspects due to social distancing.        

    The team developed and out-briefed the Wing Commander with a robust action plan and implementation schedule which they are confident will affect positive change for the Wing.