480th ISRW holds first CRSP conference
By Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride, 9th Intelligence Squadron
/ Published January 03, 2019
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. --
More than 20 Airmen from the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing gathered for the first Combat Readiness Sustainment Program conference here, Dec 11-13.
The CRSP program takes Distributed Common Ground System Airmen out of deployed-in-place environments and puts them through an eight-week course focused on improving innovation, tradecraft, leadership, readiness and resiliency.
The intent of the conference was to brainstorm new ideas and ways to improve CRSP processes.
“We aim to empower Airmen at the lowest level with knowledge and self-care skills,” said Staff Sgt. Monica Ureste, 9th Intelligence Squadron CRSP manager. “Being able to share practices and lessons learned has helped us overcome some of our biggest challenges.”
Among the challenges discussed were accountability, lack of training space, measurement of success, and development and progress tracking.
Through group discussions and innovative exercises, conference attendees came up with ideas to help transcend the program. These ideas included adding additional leadership duties and mentors, training location flexibility, after-action reports and surveys, class size flexibility, and staff team involvement for counseling sessions.
“All of us are in agreeance that we would like to see this conference re-occur annually to continue to share best practices amongst sites and lessons learned throughout the year,” said Capt. Rachel Mamroth, Distributed Common Ground System-1 chief of training. “It keeps us on our toes to make sure we are improving quality of life for Airmen.”