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NEWS | Oct. 31, 2011


By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

LEAN. It's a word that will soon become part of our everyday lives. The LEAN concept is about creating a more efficient and effective environment in the workplace and provides proven techniques and methods that eliminate waste in processes and finds the root cause of problems, solving them for good.

"LEAN allows people to know that their ideas to improve the ways they do business can become reality," said George McDowell, 628th Air Base Wing program manager and analyst. "Some of the best ideas and improvements come from the people "turning wrenches," the folks on the front line doing the job every day."

In today's military, as every organization is looking to cut costs and work more efficiently, LEAN principles can help solve many of the headaches and obstacles in the workplace. In order to ensure as many Team Charleston service members and civilians understand how LEAN can work for them, the 628th Air Base Wing is offering a Lean Awareness Class every Tuesday in Bldg. 16,000, Mission Support Group Conference Room, from 8 to 11 a.m.

These classes are designed so that all Airmen, from E-1 to O-6, can learn how they can help their organization reach a higher level of success. This fast paced class will teach you what you need to know about LEAN and how to apply key waste eliminating principles to your organization, Eight-Step Problem Solving, what an A3 is and how to quickly make your area operate more efficiently by practicing LEAN.

To sign up, e-mail George McDowell at, or call 469-8378 for more information.