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NEWS | Aug. 6, 2007

Listening, learning vital to continued success of NSPS

By Wayne Bryant 37th Training Wing Public Affairs Office

The National Security Personnel System continues to support more than 1,000 employees at Lackland AFB, with the annual assessment on the horizon.

"As one of the first Air Force bases to convert to NSPS, Lackland had a big advantage over other installations," said Col. Eric Wilbur, 37th Training Wing vice commander. "We created a dedicated team to establish the business rules and conduct training. Our efforts provided the basis for many of the follow-on bases to copy."

The colonel noted that much of what Lackland did to prepare for the system was used at other Air Education and Training Command bases and throughout the Air Force.

"We're committed to keeping our employees informed about the process and ensuring leaders at every level know their responsibilities in the system," the colonel said. He recently attended a Department of Defense Senior Leader Conference on NSPS.

"Leadership and communication are key to ensuring NSPS is a success," he said. "Whether it's learning more about the pay pool process or providing valuable feedback, leaders at every level will ensure this new personnel system is successful."

Employees can also contribute to this success by staying up to date on the new personnel system, knowing their role in the assessment process and assisting leaders in understanding the roles they play in ensuring unit mission success.

Lackland's NSPS office is planning a town hall meeting in August for all base civilian employees. The meeting will address several topics including the upcoming assessment cycle and the pay pool process.

"The more we communicate with our employees and managers, the more comfortable they will become with the new system," Colonel Wilbur concluded. "You can expect more information to be put out to our civilian work force and additional town hall meetings in the future as well."