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Employee saves A.F. $6.5 million
by Tom Busselberg
Aug 04, 2011 | 2105 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
HILL AFB — A civilian employee has been rewarded for saving the Air Force $6.5 million in one year.

Equipment specialist Terrence Rettenberger, with the 416th Supply Management Squadron on base, has received an Air Force Productivity Excellence Award – and $30,000 in reward money.

Rettenberger came forward with three ideas that led to the savings, information provided by the base says.

He designed and developed new tools and revamped the maintenance process for the antennas on the F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The equipment specialist began masterminding his ideas for maintenance procedures for the antennas, which are used to locate enemy targets and aircraft that the pilot can’t see with his or her own eyes, four years ago.

In addition to the money savings, the innovation has the added benefits for the aircraft’s overall antenna reliability and performance, the information says.

“We all need to continue to work together to improve all we can to support the war fighter. Not only is it going to be some money in your pocket, but it’s what’s best for the Air Force,” he said.

“The key is not to work harder, but smarter – then everyone wins,” Rettenberger added.

He submitted his ideas through the Air Force IDEA program.

It provides a monetary award – 15 percent of the documented savings for each idea outside of the submitter’s normal job responsibilities, with a $10,000 limit, while $200 is given for ideas with no tangible savings.

The excellence award recognizes airmen, Air Force civilians and small groups of four or fewer who have made substantial improvements in quality and productivity, and resulted in savings of $1 million or more.
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