The U.S. Air Force has formed a new task force that would work to reduce additional duties for airmen in a move to help troops focus on their core missions.
Secretary Deborah Lee James and Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein released a memo that introduces the Airmen’s Time task force whose charter is to streamline and remove extraneous duties for air troops, the Air Force said Friday.
“In meeting with Airmen at installations around the globe, we have heard consistently that additional duties assigned at the unit level affect our ability to focus on core missions, which in turn impacts our readiness,” James and Goldfein said in the memo.
The task force reviewed the duties under the direct control of the Air Force and reassigned 29 out of of 61 duties identified under Air Force Instruction 38-206 titled Additional Duty Management.
Commander support staff instead will perform the reassigned duties and those responsibilities will no longer be imposed on all units to allow commanders to identify the obligations necessary for their specific unit.
“Until the new CSS decisions are implemented and CSS manning is healthy, commanders are empowered at all levels to consolidate CSS-assigned duties as appropriate, and discontinue non-critical duties beyond their ability to resource,” said James and Goldfein.
The Air Force will also introduce a new screening process in the fall to examine policies and determine areas that create additional duties for airmen.