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More than 33,000 people within U.S. Air Forces in Europe responded to the 2003 Air Force Climate Survey. The results are scheduled to be released Feb. 4.

About 59 percent of people eligible within USAFE responded, according to Capt. Amy Moore, USAFE Manpower Performance Management section chief at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

The surveys were offered to all Air Force personnel, including, for the first time, reservists and civilian employees. They were filled out online and submitted through the Internet.

About 650,000 people were eligible to fill out the survey worldwide, Moore said, and about 50 percent responded. The survey ran from Oct. 1 to Nov. 23 and was designed to measure a person’s satisfaction with his or her job.

“We tied for third [in participation rate] out of all major commands,” Moore said. There are nine major commands, according to the Air Force Web site.

“We could always try to reach more folks and increase participation,” she said. “More voices mean more opportunities for improvement.”

Moore said 16 analysts will be compiling and analyzing the survey results. They include people from the United States Air Force Academy’s Department of Management and employees of Raosoft Inc., the Seattle-based survey software provider that administered the questionnaire.

The Air Force has conducted a service-wide survey since 1997, Moore said. Surveys were taken previously within major commands but not worldwide, she said.

“This is one of the few opportunities for commanders to get massive feedback throughout their command,” Moore said. “The chief of staff [Air Force Gen. John P. Jumper] pays a lot of attention to the survey. This one truly helps shape the direction of the Air Force.

“It gives everyone a voice regardless of rank.”

Moore said the Army, Navy and Marines have not yet attempted a worldwide survey.

The previous Air Force Climate Survey was conducted in May 2002. One change prompted by the 2002 findings was the simplifying and streamlining of USAFE’s awards programs, including limiting the nomination write-ups to one page.

The 2002 survey results were also used for leadership training and policy-making, according to Stacey D. Williams-Kleinert, a performance management analyst at Ramstein.

The 2003 survey included about 100 questions on subjects such as resources, core values, leadership, supervision, and training and development.

There was also an optional section where respondents could write comments.

Moore said that different commands could add some questions specific to their area, but that the survey was not otherwise altered from the 2002 survey.

USAFE participation rates

Incirlik, Turkey — 78.3%

Spangdahlem, Germany — 65.0%

Keflavik, Iceland — 64.3%

Lajes Field, Azores — 63.1%

Mildenhall, England — 60.4%

Lakenheath, England — 55.0%

Aviano, Italy — 52.0%

Ramstein, Germany — 50.3%

USAFE Manpower and Organization Division

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