General adds voice to seat management
- By Bill Murray
- Dec 08, 2000
An Air Force four-star general on Thursday gave the service's strongest
public endorsement yet to seat management.
"We're unanimous in wanting to get it done," said Gen. Patrick Gamble,
commander of Pacific Air Forces, speaking Thursday about the desire he and
his fellow four-stars have to implement seat management. "It's the way to
accomplish the mission."
He did not say if the Air Force would implement seat management in fiscal
Gamble's announcement came during a question-and-answer session following
his speech at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's
TechNet Asia-Pacific 2000 conference in Honolulu.
His comments were unusual in light of the service's failure to launch
a well-publicized seat management pilot this year.
Officials at the Air Education and Training Command performed a business-case
study on seat management and talked with vendors and other agencies about
the practice. But they couldn't come up with fiscal 2001 budget money for
seat management. The lieutenant colonel who managed the initiative at Randolph
Air Force Base, Texas, retired this fall, and no one took over his work.
But when Navy officials were able to get approval on the Navy Marine
Corps Intranet procurement, the Air Force and other agencies started paying
more attention to seat management.
Gamble said that two and a half years ago, Air Force four-star generals
would not have mentioned seat management during their regular meetings.
"Today, it's all we talk about," he said. "It's a sea change in Air Force
leadership." And they're willing to give up other items in the Quadrennial
Defense Review budget to get funding for seat management, Gamble said.