Revisit basic fundamentals for success

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  • By Col. Bill Bender
  • 86th Airlift Wing and KMC commander
The Kaiserslautern Military Community has a huge mission and does a phenomenal job in making that mission happen every day. Our jobs include technical work that must be completed with the utmost care and attention to detail.

Just as professional athletes spend the first several weeks of training camp focusing on the basic fundamentals of their positions, we must also pause occasionally and check ourselves against an absolute standard--compliance with published guidance. This standard exists in every area of our operations, from the flight line, to the top of a microwave tower, to our records keeping. In our efforts to balance workload and time, we must not allow ourselves to accept a "that's the way we do it here" mentality. Instead, we must focus on compliance with the technical order or appropriate governing publication.

At each organization throughout the KMC there are units designed to police us through inspections and exercises to ensure we are compliant. As an example, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency is ensuring our compliance with the Conventional Forces Europe treaty in an exercise June 26. I want to thank Lewis Gingery and Billy Hendricks for their leadership in preparing the KMC to meet the standards of this international agreed upon treaty.

I also want to thank Henry Kaaihue and his entire U.S. Army Garrison Kaiserslautern Emergency Disaster Planning office for coordinating exercises that involve Army and Air Force units. The next exercise that focuses on community force protection scenarios within the KMC will take place July 3.

Exercises and inspections are one way for us to police ourselves, but I would also ask you to look at your job and embrace the idea of getting back to basics in an effort to improve your unit. Instead of briefing "standard operations," brief the standard. You should continually ask yourself, "What does the book say?"