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March 27, 2011 at 3:29am

Climate in 446 AW is "good"

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MCCHORD FIELD, Wash. -- Total force Airmen and Department of Defense civilians had an opportunity to voice their concerns to Air Force leaders during the 2010 Air Force Climate Survey. Reservists and civilian employees in the 446th Airlift Wing were included in the opportunity to participate in the survey, with local results delivered to Col. William Flanigan, 446th AW commander.

The purpose of the survey was to assess the opinions and perceptions of Air Force Reserve and civilian personnel on a wide range of issues, including overall job satisfaction, resources and unit performance. 

The results of the last survey conducted in the fall of 2008 revealed that more than 90 percent of the nearly 250,000 respondents indicated they were happy with their Air Force jobs and the performance of their organizations. They also indicated they generally had trust in their unit's leadership.

"We would like to thank everyone who participated in the recently completed Climate Assessment Survey," said Capt. Barbara McMullen, 446th AW/MEO.

Captain McMullen was responsible for the execution of the survey here at McChord Field for the 446th AW.

In a brief summary of the survey, Captain McMullen reports that 46.8 percent of the wing member representing an accurate demographic of our population participated in the survey.

Volunteers in the survey group answered 40 questions spread across six categories: 

Cohesion and Pride; 
Motivation and Morale; 
Supervisory Support;
Perceived Discrimination; 
Overt Discriminatory Behaviors; 
Command EO/EEO Policy

"Our wing as a whole scored higher than the Air Force as a whole in all six categories," said Captain McMullen. "Our strongest category was Command EO/EEO Policy--receiving only 2.0 percent unfavorable markings."

Col. William Flanigan, 446th AW commander, is pleased with the overall result indicating a "vast majority o four Airmen are pleased with their work as members of the 446th Airlift Wing."

However, he also recognizes that increased involvement by commanders and supervisors is important in order to identify and address issues affecting morale.

The two weakest categories, according to the captain, were Motivation and Morale, and Supervisory Support--receiving 11.9 percent and 11.7 percent unfavorable markings respectively 

"Improvement starts with you," said Captain McMullen. "Airlift is a vital function in the global picture for the U.S. armed forces. We have a lot of work that needs to get done in a condensed amount of time each UTA. If you find yourself lacking in motivation remember to consider the bright side of things. If nothing else, we can always remember that our duties--no matter how big or small they may be--directly contribute to the sustaining of our American way of life; that is something to be proud of and motivated by."

Captain McMullen also encourages people to seek supervisory support if they feel their needs aren't being met. 

"If you are a supervisor, remember that the future of our Air Force depends on the rising forces, so take some time to mentor and coach each of them in an individual and personal manner," she said.

"Although we are doing well, there are still ways we can improve to achieve our maximum potential," said Colonel Flanigan. "There are a few areas where we can make valuable improvements and I challenge each and every supervisor to identify and act on those areas where we can do better."

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