AFSC looks for world-record performance

Representatives from each of the eight Air Force Sustainment Center wings and center staff listen as Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander, talks about cost-effective sustainment and other center issues during an AFSC senior leader conference at Tinker AFB, Aug. 22-24.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Margo Wright)

Representatives from each of the eight Air Force Sustainment Center wings and center staff listen as Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander, talks about cost-effective sustainment and other center issues during an AFSC senior leader conference at Tinker AFB, Aug. 22-24. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Margo Wright)

Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, talks about the need for commanders to foster an environment for success during an AFSC senior leader conference at Tinker AFB,  Aug. 22-24. Representatives from each of the eight AFSC wings as well as the AFSC staff attended the three-day event.  (U.S. Air Force Photo by Margo Wright)

Lieutenant General Bruce Litchfield, Air Force Sustainment Center commander, talks about the need for commanders to foster an environment for success during an AFSC senior leader conference at Tinker AFB, Aug. 22-24. Representatives from each of the eight AFSC wings as well as the AFSC staff attended the three-day event. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Margo Wright)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Striving for world-record performance must be the common goal of everyone in the Air Force Sustainment Center in order to provide the cost-effective readiness the Air Force needs.

Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC commander, stressed the need to set high expectations during a three-day senior leader conference here Aug 22-24. The conference was attended by senior leadership from all eight wings across the center.

The general used the recent gold-medal performance by American swimmer Ryan Lochte to illustrate just how high the bar needs to be.

"Our end goal is to achieve Art of the Possible and that means world-class results. And by 'world class' I don't mean the standard definition, I mean by Ryan Lochte's definition ... the world record," General Litchfield said.

General Litchfield said leadership at all levels of the center must not only set high standards, but also enable their people to reach them.

"The strength of the Air Force Sustainment Center is our dedicated, competent and professional workforce," said the general. "When given the right focus, they have repeatedly demonstrated the capacity to do remarkable things."

Defining the target of that focus is part of what the leadership team from across the AFSC tackled during the conference. The team collaborated on a new vision statement and positioned the center to align its goals and objectives with those of Air Force Materiel Command and the Air Force.

The general told the leadership team that AFSC's capacity to generate more cost-effective sustainment products is vital to help the Air Force create the capability of winning the next war.

"The cost of readiness will be a major factor in shaping the size of our force," said the general.

While pointing out that the center is already demonstrating impressive successes, he stressed that the gateway to cost-effective sustainment is through a commitment to continuous process improvement and "The Art of the Possible."

"We never stop getting better," he said. "It isn't just about looking good. It's about being good!"