by Capt. Karen Mock
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs
3/11/2013 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- Airmen
across Air Force Global Strike Command can now submit their innovative
ideas to a recently upgraded 'Strike Now' website.
"The revised website gives Airmen the ability to participate from any
electronic device," said Pete Ellis, director of AFGSC Smart Operations
Division. "Airmen can submit from their personal computers, iPads,
iPhones, Android devices, or other computer tablets. This gives the
Airmen in the field the same opportunity to have their voices heard as
the Airmen performing office tasks."
Air Force Global Strike Command created the program as an avenue for
Airmen and their supervisors to submit innovative ideas direct to senior
leaders. Any AFGSC Airman can submit an innovative idea to improve
mission efficiency, effectiveness, readiness, or quality of life
whenever, wherever it strikes.
"Every submission is personally discussed by the commander and directors
at regular Strike Now Senior Leader Review Boards," Ellis said. "Upon
submission, Airmen will receive confirmation that can be printed for
Airmen receive a Certificate of Innovation from Lt. Gen. James Kowalski,
AFGSC commander, for an approved submission, and some have been
surprised to receive a personal e-mail from the general.
"I was amazed when I received an e-mail from Lt. Gen. Kowalski directly
to me, thanking me for my submission and telling me what the proposed
way ahead would be," said Master Sgt. Robert Underwood, 90th Operations
Support Squadron missile facility manager trainer. "Proof the general
does actually read the submissions and stands behind his program."
"Instead of our busy Airmen and their supervisors trying to evaluate
ideas locally, we built this program so they can fire their good ideas
straight into the staff, and we'll do the rest," Ellis said.
To see what improvements have already been suggested, Airmen will need
to create a username and password to view the database of all Strike Now
"In this era of ever-shrinking budgets and cuts, we simply must capture
the good ideas of our men and women to do things better, faster and
cheaper. General Kowalski understands that and designed this program so
our Airmen would really know he's listening to them - personally," Ellis
"Of the more than 300 Strike Now submissions received to date, more than
230 have met our commander-chaired Strike Now senior leader review
boards," Ellis said. "More than 60 have been approved or approved in
part, and another dozen have been sent to Headquarters Air Force for
approval, 70 have been disapproved, often because a change was already
Some approval highlights include creating standardized, electronic B-52
aircrew training folders; ending redundant inspections; using e-forms
for marketing requests, and conducting community fairs.