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480th ISRW holds first CRSP conference

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mike Green, 9th Intelligence Squadron operations superintendent, explains the importance of resiliency during a Combat Readiness Sustainment Program conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference and discussed methods to improve future Combat Readiness Sustainment Programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mike Green, 9th Intelligence Squadron operations superintendent, explains the importance of resiliency during a Combat Readiness Sustainment Program conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference and discussed methods to improve future Combat Readiness Sustainment Programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ulrick Swigart, 45th Intelligence Squadron geospatial intelligence analyst, listens to speakers discuss Combat Readiness Sustainment Programs changes during a conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. The CRSP removes Airmen from deployed-in-place environments to help them learn about resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Richmond)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Ulrick Swigart, 45th Intelligence Squadron geospatial intelligence analyst, listens to speakers discuss Combat Readiness Sustainment Programs changes during a conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. The CRSP removes Airmen from deployed-in-place environments to help them learn about resiliency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Richmond)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Park, 303rd Intelligence Squadron assistant director of operations, discusses the importance of the Combat Readiness Sustainment Program during a conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference geared toward developing methods to improve the CRSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

U.S. Air Force Capt. Michael Park, 303rd Intelligence Squadron assistant director of operations, discusses the importance of the Combat Readiness Sustainment Program during a conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 12, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference geared toward developing methods to improve the CRSP. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Danielle McBride)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Krista Luna, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Kessel Run program manager, reads notes during the first Combat Readiness Sustainment Program conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 13, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference and participated in exercises to help improve CRSP sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Richmond)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Krista Luna, 548th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group Kessel Run program manager, reads notes during the first Combat Readiness Sustainment Program conference at Beale Air Force Base, California, Dec. 13, 2018. More than 20 Airmen attended the conference and participated in exercises to help improve CRSP sites. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael Richmond)

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.”