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Commanders use leadership model to frame summit discussions

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  • By Amy Schiess
  • Air Force Sustainment Center Public Affairs

Operating through the lens of the Art of the Possible leadership model for guidance, commanders, directors and command chiefs from across the Air Force Sustainment Center enterprise gathered at the AFSC Commander’s Summit April 13-14 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma.

The annual summit offers an opportunity for AFSC leadership stationed throughout the nation to come together for face-to-face conversations about strategy, challenges and workable solutions.

“Our leadership team does an excellent job caring for our Airmen and accomplishing the mission,” said AFSC Commander Lt. Gen. Tom Miller. “There is no substitute for getting everyone in the same room to engage in real-time dialogue and formulate workable solutions for our most pressing challenges.”

Discussion spanned several topics from the complications involved in hiring skilled artisans in a low-unemployment environment to most effectively complying with today’s cybersecurity requirements.

“Collaboration is what makes sustainment work,” said Ron Blackmore, AFSC Information Protection director. “I think we’re going to be doing great things.”

This is the first year the Art of the Possible leadership model has been employed as framework for summit discussion, but it is used daily throughout the center to streamline processes within the sustainment mission set.

“With AoP, our leadership model really guides our way,” said Col. Chad Ellsworth, 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing commander. “We all have a methodology and it has created a culture of communication across the complexes, as well as the wings, as well as the supply chain.”

In the coming weeks, the commanders and their organizations will address action items articulated during the summit to work toward solutions on several topics.