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NEWS Nov. 27, 1991 Hilltop Times be mm reoraoiniizof 5in) Syinidiy Wodu(q by Sgt. Gary J. Kunich 3Stth FW Office of Public Affairs 388th Fighter Wing Reorganization As part of an intensive Air Staff study to reduce and restructure the Air Force, the 3S8th Fighter Wing begins its reorganization Sunday. Major changes under this program include the elimination of the wing's three deputy commanders and the consolidation of the three fighter squadrons and aircraft maintenance units. In place of the deputy commanders, there will be two new groups and three new squadrons within the wing. Col. Timothy A. Mueller, current Deputy Commander for Operations, will command the Operations Group and Col. Frank J. Prewitt, current Deputy Commander for Maintenance, will take charge of the Logistics Group. Functional alignment "The reason for this reorganization is our Air Force bosses want us to be functionally aligned," Mueller said. "The key precept to this is the operators and maintainers who generate the sorties will be in one organization and the supporters will be in another." "It's not like we're getting rid of any maintenance squadrons, we're just integrating them so we can work better," Prewitt said. "This will strengthen the team concept and improve quality across the board." Under the Operations Group will be the new Operational Support Squadron and the 4th, 34th, and 421st Fighter Squadrons. The current Aircraft Maintenance Units for the 4th, 34th, and 421st will be directly integrated into the fighter squadrons. The Logistics Group will have two squadrons under it the 388th Logistics Support Squadron and the 388th Maintenance Squadron. New squadron "As of Sunday, the Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Component Repair Squadron and Aircraft Generation Squadron will deactivate. Most of the troops from EMS and CRS will make up the core of the new Maintenance Squadron and most AGS maintainers will now work in operations under their respective fighter squadrons," Prewitt said. "Also, there will no longer be a Resource Management Directorate and the new Logistics Support Squadron will take over many of these functions." Continued from Page 1 to build a facility; we already had the facilities in place," said CoL Gary Mus-grovvice commander of the Logis- e, tics Management Systems Center at AFLC headquarters. Across these sites, about 313 mini-- , medium-- , and will be super-compute- rs consolidated into 21 large mainframes. WING COMMANDER 1 STAFF I LOGISTICS GROUP COMMANDER OPERATIONS GP. COMMANDER QUALITY ASSURANCE I OPERATIONAL SUPPORT SQ. QUALITY STANDARDIZATION EVAL. WEAPONS STANDARD. SEC I ASSURANCE 4th FIGHTER 34th FIGHTER 421ft SQUADRON SQUADRON SQUADRON Wing officials said fighter squadron commanders will continue to command their squadrons, including the additional maintainers who previously fell under AGS. However, each fighter squadron will have a maintenance officer who will be equal with the squadron's operations officer. With this reorganization comes a great deal of musical chairs for many of the offices and shops in the wing, but the average person looking in from the outside won't really notice that many changes, Prewitt said. , "The person working on the flight line, working is going to be doing behind a desk or flying an the same job he or she has always done, there's just going to be a different chain of command. The mission remains the same, we're just improving our efficiency. In order to make this as smooth as possible, everyone has to continue to do the best job he or she possibly can. "We're making a definite effort to do this right so there won't be any inconveniences for anyone, but we know we're not perfect, he continued. "All of us F-1- 6 vide all the customers and users of the data applications the most effective e and efficient service possible," said. Users having communications or computer problems will be able to contact a network control center at their respective processing site. The network control center will act as the monitor and first point of contact for Mus-grov- "The primary function of the com- troubleshooting. Currently, network e puter regional centers will be to pro- - control is operated on a base-to-bas- I 1 1 388th MAI NT. SQUADRON FIGHTER 388th LOGISTICS SUPPORT SQ. are going to learn as we go. It just wouldn't be very smart to say, "This is how we're going to do this and there won't be any changes.' " Paperwork, people work And to make sure all of the changes are done as smartly as possible, Meuller said the 388th's senior leadership is going into this with a very open mind. "In addition to all of the paperwork, we're doing a lot of 'people work.' We care about the people who make up the 388th and if they have suggestions on how we can do something differently, we'll listen to what they have to say." Come next week, there will no longer be an "us and them" mentality between operations and maintenance, Mueller said. "After Sunday it will just be 'Us,' and that, in turn, enhances the team concept. "We're not just pasting new names on the same organization chart. A lot of thought has gone into this. The 388th is really good, but with this reorganization, we all have to make a commitment to make it better than ever." system and problems are managed locally. "The new Air Force Communications Network (AFNET) will connect all bases, Guard and Reserve sites to their respective regional processing center, and all five centers will be connected to each other," Musgrove said. "The benefits are the savings on operators, maintenance and license fees, not to mention the fact that users will have one telephone number to call when they have computer or communications problems," the colonel said. "That includes computers, telephones, flight line operations.... the benefits are incredible." The consolidation stems from a study in 1989 by Deputy Secretary of Defense Donald Atwood that examined potential savings achieved by consolidating computer and communications operations and design USSUsG Continued from Page 1 operations, transportation and the combat logistics support system. "We're fortunate here at Hill. We have a brand-nefacility that will be in an asset handling our mission w responsibilities," said Ray Moss, assistant to the commander, 1881st "We can grow. We have designed and C-CS- G. C situated for expansion, which makes our future look brighter." The consolidation plan requires each regional processing center to take over the comptroller office of the future; command budget automated system; base contract automated system; work information management system; services information management sys- tem and all Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve applications. This is a good-sizeworkload," Moss said. The new computers are a quarter the size of the old computer and will use only a fraction of the power and cooling the old one requires. Operation costs for the new equipment will be about the same as the SBLC. "We'll be fully operational some time in 1993," said Col. Richard d Trainor, commander, 1881st "We're excited to have been selected as one of the five regional centers," the colonel said. "This selection speaks very well of the value our workers place on producing top quality programs. I know they will continue to C-CS- G. provide the greatest support possible to our customers in the future as well" Combat Strength Through logistics Hilltop Times Published by MorMedia, Inc., a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Hill AFB. This commercial enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized publication for members of the U.S. military services. Contents of the official views of, or Hilltop Times are not necessarily the the Department of endorsed by. the U.S. government, Defense or the Department of the Air Force. 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