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With in-person participants at Robins and virtual participants from the geographically separated units of the group via video conference, the 413rd FTG hosted the event to chart the direction of the unit for the next several years. To do this, they analyzed the progress made during the previous strategic event against the current situation of the unit.
The last strategic alignment of the group took place three years ago. Since then, the 413th FTG, 22nd Air Force, and the US Air Force have all experienced leadership changes. Col. Sean Bittner, 413rd FTG commander, said it is important to make sure the group is always on the same page as higher headquarters and to ensure the unit is operating at its higher capacity during ongoing continuous resolution and other constraints.
“The worst thing we can do as an organization is to stagnate,” Bittner said. “Our mission is unlikely to change too much. We could expand it a bit, but are we really, strategically, doing our best to be as efficient as possible with the resources we have… the limited resources we have in many cases… to actually carry out this mission? “
The event began with an opening speech by Col. Jason Trew, vice-commander of the Squadron Officer School at Maxwell AFB, Alabama. During his talk, Trew touched on psychological safety, the growth mindset, and the practical issues of strategizing.
“There is a difference between complicated things and complex things,” he said. “There are a lot of moving parts that are complicated. It’s a jet engine. I can take it apart and put it back together, because the relationship between these parts is rational and linear. Complex is different, because things aren’t linear, and it’s even hard to figure out what the problem is. You can’t just reverse engineer complex problems.
“Anything that involves humans is complex, so just know that the area you find yourself in is one of complexity,” Trew added.
Robin Bouton, the new 413rd FTG process manager who ran the event, said she wanted the group to make the most of the opportunity and focus on criticism while creating, the idea of bringing in as well. a possible solution when presenting a complaint.
“We know there are things we can do better,” Bouton said. “We know there are some things that are not completely perfect. But don’t just come with a problem… come with a way to solve it or some kind of creative way that we can solve.
Throughout the two days, the group reviewed recent achievements and setbacks, established new priorities and goals, and participated in several other activities and exercises. The process even generated a new vision statement for the unit.
The results of the 413rd FTG Strategic Planning Event, along with the new vision statement, will be officially presented early next year. The group plans to meet again in the near future to review what has been accomplished, identify what still needs to be worked on, and make revisions if necessary.