Osan Green Belt: combating shoddy processes

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Senior Master Sgt. Michael Gralewski, 51st Force Support Squadron superintendent of manpower and organization, teaches Green Belt training to members from Team Osan March 24, 2015 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Green Belt training provides Air Force member with skills on strategic planning, continuous process improvement (CPI) principles and tools and practical problem solving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)
Senior Master Sgt. Michael Gralewski, 51st Force Support Squadron superintendent of manpower and organization, teaches Green Belt training to members from Team Osan March 24, 2015 at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea. Green Belt training provides Air Force member with skills on strategic planning, continuous process improvement (CPI) principles and tools and practical problem solving. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen)

Osan Green Belt: combating shoddy processes

by: Staff Sgt. Jonathan Steffen | .
51st Fighter Wing PAO | .
published: March 30, 2016

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Nine members from Team Osan attended Green Belt training to learn continuous process improvement techniques from March 22-25, here.

Green Belt training provides Air Force members with skills on strategic planning, continuous process improvement (CPI) principles and tools and practical problem solving.

“CPI is essentially monitoring processes and eliminating waste,” said Senior Master Sgt. Michael Gralewski, 51st Force Support Squadron superintendent of manpower and organization. “When we look at the processes and eliminate waste we come up with more time for our people and more time to efficiently complete our mission.”

Gralewski, the instructor for Osan’s Green Belt training, focused on CPI techniques like Lean Process, six sigma and the eight step problem solving.

“CPI is more about a conglomeration of small wins,” said Gralewski. “Every minute and every dime you save by improving processes can be reinvested back into our combat capabilities.”

The training allowed students to take back CPI tools to their units to streamline their own processes.

“One of the things I’m going to take back is the brain storming phase of identifying the problem,” said Capt. Jin Lee, 51st Civil Engineer Squadron installation management flight commander. “It is the most important step of all. If you don’t know what the problem is you’re wasting your time.

Even though individuals are here for a short tour, a 12-month period, they may be able to identify smaller problems that could change culture or how Osan operates in the end,” he continued.

For members who are interested in future Green Belt training opportunities, contact Senior Master Sgt. Gralewski at 784-4332.

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