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AFSO21 office looks to recycle red tape at Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg is set to get an AFSO21 office July 19 that is designed to make life for an Airman easier, and the Air Force more efficient.

"We are trying to eliminate steps and processes that waste time and are no longer valuable to today's Air Force," said Dave Marston, director of Vandenberg's Air Force Smart Operations of the 21st Century office.

AFSO21 is a program started by Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynn in order to help the reduced force operate full capacity.

"With AFSO21 we will march unnecessary work out of the door-forever," Mr. Wynn said in a letter to Airmen.

"People tend to think that by cutting a process we are eliminating jobs which would then eliminate Airmen in the Air Force," Mr. Marston said. "That's simply not the case. What it does is it allows Airmen to be more productive, which will make the Air Force more productive."

Vandenberg AFSO21, although not in its permanent office yet, has all ready helped make base in-processing, medical evaluation boards and the launch operations group work more proficiently, Mr. Marston said.

"Having a permanent AFSO21 office is a big commitment by the wing." Said Col. Michael Fortney, 30th Space Wing vice commander. "This is a big commitment by the wing, but we have high expectations for what this office will do for Vandenberg."

The AFSO21 office will be located in building 11777.