Force Improvement Program team makes final stop at Warren AFB

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By Airman 1st Class Brandon Valle, 90th Missile Wing Public Affairs / Published February 28, 2014

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. (AFNS) --

The Force Improvement Program team made their last stop in a tour of Air Force Global Strike Command missile wings Feb. 23, as they arrived here to conduct their final interviews and compile their data.

The FIP was created as an aggressive, action-oriented effort with the goal of making rapid and substantial change to the ICBM mission. Designed from the ground up, the FIP is a field-level initiative to draw on the experiences of Airmen at all levels.

The Secretary of the Air Force and the chief of staff of the Air Force tasked the AFGSC commander, Lt. Gen. Stephen Wilson, to create the team and head the program, said Lt. Col. Cynthia Gunderson, the 321st Missile Squadron commander and wing point of contact for the team's visit to Warren AFB.

The overall goal is to work with the Airmen of AFGSC and bring attention to various issues that are identified.

"This is a fantastic opportunity for our Airmen here at F.E. Warren to have their voices heard to make meaningful change to the mission we carry out every day," said Lt. Col. Peter Lex, the 90th Missile Security Forces commander and the 90th Security Forces Group representative.

The team is comprised of Airmen from each of the three ICBM wings, with augmentation from AFGSC, the U.S. Navy, and the 576th Flight Test Squadron and 381st Training Group from Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

"Each organization was tasked to provide personnel to serve with the team," Lex said. "The Force Improvement Program team is broken into smaller Functional Cultural Working Groups: operations, maintenance, security forces, mission support and helicopter operations."

The team made a circuit through the AFGSC bases, traveling from Barksdale AFB, La., for initial training at the Command headquarters, to Minot AFB, N.D., and Malmstrom AFB, Mont., to conduct interviews with Airmen working in the field.

The interviews assessed perceptions, ideas and any issues Airmen have seen while conducting their daily mission.

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