NAVAIR Commander to workforce: ‘I want you to challenge the norm’

April 20, 2017

The world’s dynamic is rapidly changing and NAVAIR needs to rethink its processes to stay competitive, the commander of the Naval Air Systems Command said during an address to the command’s program management workforce (AIR-1.0) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River April 6.

During his opening remarks, Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, NAVAIR Commander, emphasized the message and priorities the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John M. Richardson has for the service.

“His primary message to us is very simple: He said we, the Navy, are in a competition right now for which there is no second place,” Grosklags said. “The competition is gaining on us very rapidly and that’s not a very comfortable place to be.”

Although the CNO wants the service to think more strategically, Grosklags challenged the workforce to think more critically about NAVAIR’s processes.

“I want you to challenge the norm,” he said. “Why are you doing what you’re doing, the way you’ve done it, for the last 25 years? Is it because it’s the absolute best way to do it? Or is because it was the way you were taught to do it 25 years ago and you really haven’t thought about it any differently since then because you really didn’t have a need to?”

Grosklags also gave an overview of several transformational initiatives NAVAIR has embarked on to take advantage of undeveloped, and in some cases, underutilized digital environments, including Capabilities-Based Acquisition, Capabilities-Based Test & Evaluation, Digital Business Operations and the Naval Aviation Enterprise’s Sustainment Vision 2020.

Afterward, two AIR-1.0 teams were presented with the “You Made a Difference” award for going the extra mile to bring speed of capability and readiness to the fleet. They are:

  • Aviation / Ship Integration Externally Directed Team (AIR-1.2)
  • Night Vision Cueing & Display Integrated Product Team (PMA-202)

Additionally, Gary Kurtz, NAVAIR assistant commander for Acquisition (AIR-1.0), discussed 1.0-specific focus areas and actions to accelerate speed of capability and improve fleet readiness. Other highlights mentioned include actions taken from last year’s NAVAIR Command Climate Survey, NAVAIR’s new WRAPS deployment plan and DAWIA certification efforts during fiscal year 2017.

Other awards presented include:

  • Length of Service: Patricia Dreher, 5 Years (AIR-1.4)
  • Length of Service: Loriann Forsythe, 20 Years (AIR-1.4)
  • Length of Service: Barry Foltz, 25 Years (PMA-209)
  • Meritorious Service Medal: Navy Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Hanks (AIR-1.2)
  • 2017 James M. Crawford Technical Standards Board Outstanding Achievement Award: Dan Christensen (AIR-1.1)
  • College of Program Management Certificate of Completion: Donald Sheehan (PMA-263)
  • January Spotlight Award: Chief of Naval Air Training Ground Based Training Systems (GBTS) Integrated Product Team (PMA-205)
  • February Spotlight Award: Marine Corps Capt. Danny Day (PMA-260)
  • March Spotlight Award: Tactical Combat Training Systems Increment II Integrated Product Team (PMA-205)
  • 2017 NAVAIR Leadership Development Program graduates
  • 2017 NAVAIR Journey Leadership Development Program graduates
Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags presents the Night Vision Cueing & Display Integrated Product Team (PMA-202) with the “You Made a Difference” Award at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6. (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags presents the Night Vision Cueing & Display Integrated Product Team (PMA-202) with the “You Made a Difference” Award at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6. (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags presents the Aviation / Ship Integration Externally Directed Team (AIR-1.2) with the “You Made a Difference” Award at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6. (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags presents the Aviation / Ship Integration Externally Directed Team (AIR-1.2) with the “You Made a Difference” Award at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6. (U.S. Navy photo)

 
Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags addresses the program management workforce at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. (U.S. Navy photo)

Navy Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags addresses the program management workforce at the AIR-1.0 All-Hands April 6 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River. (U.S. Navy photo)

8 Responses to NAVAIR Commander to workforce: ‘I want you to challenge the norm’

  1. Anonymous on April 20, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Hire more Civilians…

  2. Anonymous on April 20, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    It sucks that NAVAIR will only hire in GS13 and up.

    And they wonder why they don’t have any lower grade workers.

  3. Bob Lob Law on April 20, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    Challenge the norm? That’s pushing the envelope, especially this being Southern Maryland.

  4. Anonymous on April 20, 2017 at 4:08 pm

    Need to hire younger people to train them up to become GS13 and above.

    • Cap'n Crunch on April 22, 2017 at 8:51 am

      Good luck getting a young, single, twenty something to move here when their peers are in DC enjoying the night life.

  5. Anonymous on April 21, 2017 at 7:59 am

    I have been challenging to norm in my NAVAIR competency for years trying to get changes to processes that have been in place for years. Existing vehicles and methods for process improvement across NAVAIR are insufficient to allow objective analyses of change recommendations.

    It is too easy for high grade managers to simply dismiss recommendations from subordinates who dare to “challenge the norm.”

  6. Ricky Bobby on April 21, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Need to expunge personnel that no longer contribute to the mission. If they are not willing to learn new methods or accepted practices IAW policy changes, they need to go. Nothing is more annoying to hear “That’s the way we’ve always done it” when asked about a procedure. Also, the removal/firing process needs to be expedited since there are valuable personnel that could transition to the government but crusty ignorant personnel are hogging billets and preventing this from happening. It’s disgusting to see the FWAC that is contributed by ineffective employees.

  7. Proudtobeanamerican on April 23, 2017 at 9:04 am

    NAVAIR is trying to reinvent the wheel. It’s a different form of talk for the same thing they have been saying for quite some time. Nothing new here.