USAFE-AFAFRICA BTO localizes “Every Dollar Counts” campaign

by Master Sgt. Norris Agnew
U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Public Affairs

Photo11bTo address shrinking budgets, Air Force leaders are calling all Airmen to share their best money-saving ideas through the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign.

Col. Scott A. Forest, chief of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa Business Transformation Office, wants to take that campaign a step further.

Forest and other BTO officials have rolled out a campaign they call “Make It Count,” which tailors the Air Force-level initiative to USAFE-AFAFRICA Total Force Airmen.

“Our intent is not to duplicate programs,” Forest said.  “We are simply providing a platform that is unique to our command for gathering great cost-saving ideas. We want to be good wingmen for our Air Force leadership and offer a way to increase the reach of their efforts.”

The “Make It Count” campaign invites people to submit ideas on ways to save money across the command via a SharePoint site. To access the site via a government computer, visitors must have a common access card.

Once on the site, visitors can view submitted ideas, submit their own ideas and even comment on previous posts. The site’s interactive aspect is intended to generate creative ways of saving money among visitors.

“We want to attract a good cross section of people to our site,” said Maj. Rene Alvidrez, deputy chief of the BTO.  “There are folks who already have ideas to share, and we certainly want to make it easy for them to do so at our site.  But there are others who are curious and simply want to look at the ideas that have already been submitted.

“We’re hoping that in the process of scanning through the ideas that have already been submitted, visitors to the site will be inspired to come up with even more ideas for saving the command money, or add to the ideas already submitted,” Alvidrez continued. “Everyone in our command has a part to play when it comes to saving money.”

Forest agreed, saying that a command-specific program is the best way to capture those ideas.

“I believe the majority of our best ideas will come from ‘boots-on-the-ground’ Airmen who see day in and day out specific ways that we as an Air Force can save money,” he said.

Although the “Every Dollar Counts” campaign ends Saturday, Forest said it’s important to continue the “Make It Count” initiative well beyond that.

“The time for good cost-saving ideas never runs out,” Forest said. “And as long as our Total Force Airmen have ideas to share, we want to make it easy for them to share those ideas.”

The campaign’s share point site can be accessed by going to and clicking on the “Make It Count” button in the middle of the page.