Mission Monday: Traffic Management

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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – It’s Mission Monday. Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Dorsett is the traffic management superintendent in the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s Installation Support Directorate. 

Dorsett and his team interpret policy, ensure training, standardize processes, ensure installation compliance and inform all of the active-duty traffic managers for cargo and passenger movement disciplines. Personal property is the only traffic management function that doesn’t fall under their scope. 

We asked Dorsett to tell us a little more about his team and what they deliver for the Department of the Air Force.

What do you love about your job?
Working on a team with the best traffic managers in the Air Force! Accelerating the speed of logistics and increasing tomorrow’s lethality! 

When it comes to your job, what keeps you motivated?
Seeing the positive changes to both base and Department of Defense-level processes or programs that we are able to greatly influence. Communicating with every location and truly understanding what is needed and how we can assist. 

Why are you and your team important to the Air Force enterprise and your customers?
We provide 100s of courses of action and feedback weekly to all sites and requestors. We represent traffic management in a staggering number of working groups with both DOD and DAF projects. We compile monthly metrics for each site and provide guidance to increase and sustain exceptional performance at each location.

Describe a project or event you and your team worked on recently that gave you a great sense of accomplishment:
Our passenger movement team is working an automated overseas permanent change of station travel request platform that will provide a faster submission process while reducing the amount of time each Airman will need to spend away from their duties while preparing to PCS outside of the continental U.S. 

How does what you do fit with AFIMSC priorities?
Lethality and readiness … To stay ahead of our near peers in the event of a conflict, we must continue to sharpen our sword. Logistics alone can’t win a war, but without it, there is no chance of victory!

Is there anything else you’d like to add which might help people understand the importance of what you do for the DAF?
It isn’t what I do, but what our team does. Together we not only ensure each active-duty location gets all of the support required, but also that each has a voice with any processes, policies or ideas on how we contribute to the warfighter to HAF and the Department of Defense! 

And, here’s a fun fact … In the House of Dorsett, AFIMSC Traffic Management is a family business. My wife is Master Sgt. Brittany Dorsett and is a traffic management functional area manager with AFIMSC’s Expeditionary Support and Innovation Directorate. I annoy her daily and she’s my rock and what makes me who I am today! Our kids Skylee and Easton are also probably three levels about now as much as we talk about work at home.