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Defense organizational climate survey results strengthen 50th SW


Col. Jennifer Grant, then 50th Space Wing commander, discusses the wing climate during a Defense Organizational Climate Survey debrief at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 21, 2019. Grant highlighted areas of strength and improvement around the installation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Steve Kotecki)


Leadership discussed the 50th Space Wing Defense Organizational Climate Survey results during a debrief at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, June 21.

Col. Jennifer Grant, then 50th SW commander, began with opening comments about the survey’s general purpose.

“The survey gives a good indication about the health of our organization,” she said. “Comments received were read and appreciated, both positive and negative. We have some strong suit areas and some areas we can improve on.”

Grant introduced Ed Vaughn, 50th SW Equal Opportunity office director.

“I have been conducting DEOCS (surveys) since 1999,” he said. “My overall characterization of this report is the climate is in fact, healthy. The amount of feedback we’re getting is incredible, not only in the statistical analysis but in the variety of comments.”

Vaughn explained he puts more emphasis on what is being said in the comments section of the survey.

“What we hear from you, as a team, as a collective voice, as to the concerns you have at Schriever Air Force Base, that’s what drives change,” he said.

Vaughn said every line in the DEOCS report was analyzed by staff, and then carried over to Grant.

Out of the 739 surveys administered, 565 were completed and returned, in comparison to last year’s 532 completed and returned. 

“There continues to be more valuable feedback as to how we can improve the installation and climate on Schriever Air Force Base,” Vaughn said. “I applaud you and the leadership team thanks you for your candor in this survey to make this a more likeable climate.”

The only three areas of concern were commitment, job satisfaction and organizational processes.

“Organizational processes are ever changing things,” Vaughn said. “When new leadership comes in, you’re going to see some different organizational processes.”

Vaughn ended his debrief thanking Airmen for filling out the survey.

Col. Laurel Walsh, 50th Operations Group commander, debriefed about areas of improvement for crew workers.

“We’re looking at healthy sleep cycles and nutrition to make sure our crew members are healthy,” she said. “Additionally, we’re looking into religious support teams to bring into the restricted area.”

“We hear sometimes people feel disconnected from the mission,” Walsh continued. “We want more people imbedded into our squadrons.”

Col. Brian Kehl, 50th Mission Support Group commander, spoke about the morale building aspects of the wing like First Friday events, which he hopes to grow.

“We talked with the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron about a design project to expand the event center,” he said. “We’re looking at additional things we can purchase to expand morale events.”

Additionally, Kehl emphasized the importance of not only taking care of Airmen, but their families as well.

“We want to make sure your children have the best providers,” he said. “The funds are there to support your children, and we will invest hours, resources and manpower to make sure your kids are taken care of and you’re taken care of.”

Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, commented on accountability of all Airmen, senior leaders included.

“We are indeed the best at what we do. Leaders are charged with ensuring the flight, squadron, group or wing is more efficient, effective and more lethal,” he said. “None of this can happen without diversity, inclusion or equitability.”

Alexander finished, emphasizing accountability on all levels.

“We’re not turning a blind eye to anything that makes us the lethal force,” he said. “We need to hold each other accountable. Hold each other, your supervisors accountable and hold your wing senior leaders accountable.”

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