BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – Recently, Beale Air Force Base and three other installations were selected to test an initiative called Task Force True North (TFTN), which is a program to increase the mental, emotional and spiritual capacity of the force by anticipating and meeting our Airmen and their families’ need to respond to, and thrive during the challenges of life.
The mission of TFTN is to cultivate and evaluate models to restore resources and capabilities which optimize performance, increase resiliency and decrease negative work and home environments. In order to do so, they will strategize utilizing four objectives, which are to address systematic risk, leverage community support infrastructure, decrease perceived risks and connect Airmen to services, and use evidence-based interpersonal and self-directed violence prevention.
“TFTN is an effort that involves all of Team Beale,” said Michael Stacy, 9th Reconnaissance Wing community support coordinator. “One of the most visible elements are the changes to the base-wide on-boarding process. There have been improvements to the sponsorship program and we have consolidated various in-processing procedures at the new Welcome Center, located in the community center. This will affect every new Airman’s arrival to the base.”
With more than 280 hours of Continuous Process Improvement groups several improvements have been incorporated into Beale’s version of TFTN. One big improvement is the in-processing program. The program has been streamlined by removing unnecessary redundancies. Nearly all in-processing will be accomplished in a single location, saving Airmen time and confusion. The total in-processing time for an individual will drop from 45-90 days, to no more than 30-45 days.
The True North Strategy objectives were developed based on an analysis of U.S. Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) Preservation of the Force and Families (POTFF) model. None of these objectives alone will result in unit-level benefits; but meeting all objectives in a coordinated, comprehensive approach can optimize effectiveness and improve Airmen’s lives.
Overall TFTN, utilizes capabilities which contribute to mission success and healthy families by cultivating an environment of Airmen take care of Airmen.