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NAF-T aids in C3 initiative

Posted 7/3/2012   Updated 7/3/2012 Email story   Print story

    


by 2nd Lieutenant Jerred Moon
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs


7/3/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- Stretching pennies and saving dollars is a must in these fiscal times, and part of the new culture, the Cost Conscious Culture (C3). Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr., Commander Air Education and Training Command, challenged members of AETC to use the tools they already have available to find new ways to save money. Members of Sheppard Air Force Base are standing up to the challenge and pushing current programs to save money through the Non-Appropriated Funds Transformation (NAF-T) program.

Due to the forward-thinking of Kathy Cone, Chief of IT Support, and Luis Dagdag II, NAF-T Network Administrator, the Force Support Squadron is able to save hundreds of dollars each month by adding more and more base services to the locally dedicated NAF-T network.

The NAF-T program was created by the Air Force due to the realization that not every base service needed to be on the NIPRNET, a war-fighters network, to operate efficiently.
 
Many buildings require internet service outside of the base network which forces them to pay for a monthly subscription to an outside internet service provider (ISP).

"Connecting other buildings and services through our network (the NAF-T Network) allows them to stop outside ISP subscriptions," said Dagdag. "On average it saves $150 a month with each building we connect."

The FSS has already eliminated the need for paid subscriptions for multiple buildings, but now they are looking to see where else they could help out.

"As time progresses we have plans to move forward and connect many more buildings by the end of the year."

According to Dagdag, the inspectors at the recent Unit Compliance Inspection were very impressed with how advanced the NAF-T program is at Sheppard.

"The Inspectors were very pleased with how far we have come along in the NAF-T program," he said. "They were also impressed with how sophisticated our networking was, as compared to other bases."

Proactive members of team Sheppard are behind the cost savings, and are evaluating their processes to see where they can save money.

The NAF-T program is customary on all Air Force bases, to learn more about the NAF-T program please refer to AFI 33-129.



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