By Scott Prater
The 50th Force Support Squadron Manpower and Organization office was named the Air Force’s top manpower and organization program for 2013 recently. The four-person staff was elated upon hearing the news, especially because it marked the second award in as many years for the team.
“This is a big deal for the management analysts on our team, Rebecca Richardson, Jeffrey Roob and Brandon Schirm, to be recognized,” said Derek Hamby, 50 FSS Manpower and Organization chief. “In the 15 years I’ve been in this career field, no manpower and organization office has won this award two years consecutively and I doubt the same office has even won it twice in those 15 years.”
The 50 FSS manpower team first competed among its counterparts in the 14th Air Force, and upon earning top honors there, it then went up against other manpower teams from Air Force Space Command. Once submitted as AFSPC’s representative, the team then competed against other major command representatives at the Air Force’s highest level.
Teams were judged on leadership, job performance, innovation, customer focus and other management criteria.
“I was ecstatic when I heard the announcement,” said Col. Brian Barthel, 50th Mission Support Group commander. “We are blessed to have such a proud team of professionals working all of our manpower issues so it was no surprise to me they won the Air Force Manpower and Organization Program of the Year… again. Keep your eyes peeled for next year’s three-peat winners.”
For most people, the terms manpower and organization may seem general and wide ranging. Hamby knows the majority of people on base only recognize the words from a staff directory or a sign next to a door. And, he’s sure most people have no idea what the organization does on base.
At Schriever, the team of management analysts conducts research and provides analysis for the Air Force and wing leadership about manpower resources on base.
“It’s all about balancing budgets and resources,” Hamby said. “We help the Air Force manage resources and the funding of billets through the wing. We also manage programs like the resource augmentee program and we review all contracts to ensure the Air Force is not duplicating efforts from an appropriated funded billet.”
The team also manages the Airman Innovation program that allows Airmen to submit ideas that could potentially save the Air Force money.
Every base has its unique challenges in regard to managing resources in the most efficient manner and Schriever is no different.
“Air Force bases all over the world are shedding manpower, but unlike other bases, here at Schriever, we’re not only shedding manpower, we’re expanding our mission,” Hamby said. “Our support for the installation is expanding. We have a new housing area, more people are using the child development center, more mission partners are coming in, so it makes the job of managing those resources more challenging when you are also facing significant military cuts.”
Wing leadership will present the Air Force Manpower and Organization Program award to the team as soon as the award arrives on base.