Ramstein renovates bay orderly program

Airmen pick up leaves and trash outside of their living quarters during a dormitory clean-up Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The event kick-started a new base-wide program that will have Airmen from all dormitories helping Airmen Dorm Leaders with their daily cleaning tasks around base while they are on bay orderly for one work week, a program that helps keep Ramstein’s working and living environments pristine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Airmen pick up leaves and trash outside of their living quarters during a dormitory clean-up Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The event kick-started a new base-wide program that will have Airmen from all dormitories helping Airmen Dorm Leaders with their daily cleaning tasks around base while they are on bay orderly for one work week, a program that helps keep Ramstein’s working and living environments pristine. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Airmen sweep walkways during a dorm clean-up Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The event allowed the base’s Dorm Reception Center to kick-off the renovated bay-orderly program, which now has Airmen cleaning around their assigned dorms instead of around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

Airmen sweep walkways during a dorm clean-up Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The event allowed the base’s Dorm Reception Center to kick-off the renovated bay-orderly program, which now has Airmen cleaning around their assigned dorms instead of around the base. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

An Airman cleans dirt out from a dormitory walkway’s crevices during a government-issued party Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The clean-up session allowed the base’s renovated bay-orderly program to start off fresh with clean dorms base-wide, which will now have Airmen cleaning up their assigned dorms instead of around the base while on bay orderly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

An Airman cleans dirt out from a dormitory walkway’s crevices during a government-issued party Jan. 30, 2016, at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The clean-up session allowed the base’s renovated bay-orderly program to start off fresh with clean dorms base-wide, which will now have Airmen cleaning up their assigned dorms instead of around the base while on bay orderly. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Lane T. Plummer)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The bay orderly program here has undergone renovations and was kicked off with a base-wide dormitory cleaning event Jan. 28, 2016.

The purpose of the changes is to thoroughly task more Airmen with bay orderly, a program designed to clean and maintain the environments where Airmen work and live.

One of the ways Ramstein is improving the program is by changing the way Airmen are selected to participate. One or two residents per dormitory between Ramstein and Kapaun Air Station will be chosen each week to take care of the ground's upkeep, cleaning and other maintenance tasks that Airman dorm leaders require assistance with.

According to Staff Sgt. Johnathan Eubanks, Dorm Reception Center ADL, this will help increase productivity.

"The old program gave us anywhere from one to four residents in total to take care of all the dorms on Ramstein and we weren't able to put enough time into each dorm that it needed or deserved," said Eubanks. "The new program allows us to put the same amount of focus and energy into each dormitory and allows us to mentor the Airmen. The end result is to provide the cleaning, maintenance and up-keep to the dormitories that they need to provide adequate living quarters and usable facilities for years to come.
Less than 3% of Airmen will be contributing to this tasking every year to ensure the quality of life for Airmen.

According to Chief Master Sgt. Phillip Easton, 86th Airlift Wing command chief, they deserve the best and this program ensures that, so it's really important and their investment is truly appreciated and the new program will help empower Airmen to take care of where they live.

"Bay orderly is an important program that affects all Airmen on Ramstein because we all want to work and live in a clean environment," said Easton. "The changes being brought to it are welcome and, I believe, will help Airmen take care of one another."

Another added benefit to this program is that it continues to allow growth for Airmen physically and professionally while instilling a sense of accountability by allotting them time for physical fitness and 'lunch and learn' mentoring sessions, according to Easton.

"Bay orderly is about caring for our community while improving quality of life for our Airmen. With this program, this becomes your duty section for the week," said Easton. You are not having to do a full duty day and then go home and complete dorm leader tasks."

The changes to bay orderly took effect Feb. 1. If there are any questions, please contact the Dorm Reception Center at DSN 480-3676.