735th CES employee earns thousands with IDEA

Karl Lewandowski from the 735th Civil Engineer Squadron received a monetary award of $5,211 for an IDEA (Innovative Development through Employee Awareness) he submitted. He made the proposal to use slightly-used heating equipment out of a facility being demolished to fix the heating system of another facility in need of an overhaul.  This saved the Air Force from purchasing new equipment on the local economy. 

Mr. Lewandowski’s idea saved the Air Force $34,739 that could be used for other projects.  During the 435th Civil Engineer Group commander’s call Aug. 16, a certificate signed by Col. Earl Matthews, 435th Air Base Wing commander, was presented to Mr. Lewandowski. The money came to him together with his monthly pay.

The Air Force IDEA program replaced the old suggestion program. It is now Web based and can be accessed from any computer with an af.mil address.

Servicemembers, Department of Defense civilians and local national employees who are paid out of appropriated funds can participate in this program that helps to save government money. Approved submissions are eligible for awards ranging from $200 to $10,000.

For additional information contact Peter Almering, Bldg. 2106, Room 204 on Ramstein  at 480-5887, e-mail peter.almering@ramstein.af.mil or go to the program’s homepage at https://ipds.mont.disa.mil.

(Article submitted by 435th Mission Support Squadron)