"The squadron is where we develop our airmen and where the standards and expectations are set," said Gen. Tod Wolters, commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe-U.S. Air Forces Africa. "As the chief of staff has said numerous times, it is the beating heart of the Air Force.
"What the chief has us doing is looking at the structure of our squadrons to ensure we have the right people at the right place at the right time," he said. "A year from now, I hope to be able to come back and look you in the eye and say we have optimized the construct of our squadrons so we can get the best possible outcome from every one of them."
Goldfein has said that revitalizing squadrons doesn't necessarily mean throwing more money and manpower at them. Nor does it mean that one solution will work for all types of squadrons.
Instead, Goldfein said, the Air Force must figure out how to better use the resources it already has. That could mean adding civilians, he said, or using a mix of active duty, Guard and Reserve forces. But it could also lead to more innovative suggestions for sustaining and building the Air Force's warfighting ability.
Work on Goldfein's other two areas of focus — improving multi-domain command and control and developing joint leaders and teams — is continuing, although no timelines have been announced.