Armor & Mobility

MAR/APR 2017

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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AFSC and Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) worked together to ensure the plan provided long-term support and "levers" to increase Aircraft Availability (AA) for these aircraft. Originally, it took WR-ALC 183 days to complete PDM on an AC-130U, and 233 days for a MC-130H. AFSOC asked WR-ALC to complete the work in 122 days for the AC-130U and 133 days for the MC-130H. In FY16, by implementing disciplined process improvements, the complex accelerated three AC-130U Gunships and three MCH aircraft and returned over 600 days of AA back to the warfighter. Currently, both aircraft have the highest AA since 2013. Due to the resounding success, AFSOC requested that the complex add the AC-130W to the acceleration line in 2017. Bottom line: AFSC is turn- ing aircraft faster and providing more "iron" to United States Special Operations Command for overseas operations for these Low Den- sity/High Demand aircraft. The Air Force Sustainment Center is the supporting center for readiness in our Air Force. Meeting warfighter requirements is our number one mission, and we are proud to have exceeded the expectations of the special operations community. A&M: Please tell us about the relationship between the source of repair, the supply chain, and DLA regarding C-130 aircraft PDM. Lt. Gen. Levy: The lifeblood of any programmed depot maintenance (PDM) operation consists of the parts required to build airpower. The supply chain supporting our PDM operations is complex, consisting of many stakeholders from our supply professionals to our commodities maintenance groups, all the way to our industry partners and the supplier base that supports them. To effect the results demanded of our PDM requires synergy between the ALC maintenance groups, the Air Force supply chain, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), and the AFLCMC program offices. For our ALCs, DLA is the retail supply integrator that synchronizes all sources of supply to meet the demands of production. Since the inception of the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Five-Center construct in 2013, the relationships between these mis- sion partners have consistently matured to unprecedented levels. The day-to-day supply support to our PDM lines is not rooted in simple transactions. To the contrary, when a part is put in our maintenance professional's hands to put on an aircraft or component, it is the result of end-to-end collaboration from demand planning, to sourcing, to storage and distribution. Daily, Air Force and DLA supply chain profes- sionals and program office personnel are integrated into all facets of a tiered production review cadence that starts at the shop floor and goes all the way to the AFSC Commander. This day-to-day battle rhythm is bolstered by processes such as the Logistics Requirements Determination Process (LRDP) and Depot Supply Chain Management (DSCM) processes. While the processes and systems are available to make the mission happen, the driver is the people and a culture of transparency that is second to none. Our mission partners operate in an environment of constant communication, unparalleled collaboration, and most impor- tantly the candor and transparency necessary for a team to win. "Art of the Possible" principles drive a common vernacular used by all mission partners, and the results are extraordinary. In the supply chain business, these concepts don't exist simply within the walls of each individual ALC in isolation. It is not abnormal business for a required part to involve all three of our complexes. For example, a part needed for a Warner Robins production line might be managed by the 848th Supply Chain Management Group at Tinker (as the source of supply (SOS)) and repaired at the 309th Commodities Maintenance Group at Ogden (as the source of repair (SOR)). The parts to support the end items could be from DLA Aviation, DLA Troop Sup- port, or DLA Land and Maritime, or they could be locally manufactured in one of our commodities groups. Throughout the process, program office engineers provided technical assistance right down to the piece part level. The 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing personnel bridge the needs and priorities of worldwide users with the parts to meet those needs. The supply chain supporting our depot operations is complex, fas- cinating and committed to continuous improvement. Rest assured the professionals involved, regardless of organization, are committed to maintaining a world-class supply chain. To them, it's not simply a sup- porting's their mission...their part of making combat airpower. A&M: How has C-17 sustainment changed over the past 10-15 years of increased operational use? What challenges are you seeing with C-17 sustainment and what is being done to continue to support this vital aircraft? Lt. Gen. Levy: Some of the major sustainment changes over the past 10-15 years are that in 2010, the C-17 depot scheduled visits were shifted from 2.5 years to a 5-Year Cycle that significantly increased Aircraft Availability and provided more aircraft to support contingency operations. In 2016, the C-17 depot maintenance program shifted from a modification centric approach to a Heavy Maintenance Inspection Program focused on keeping the fleet operationally safe, suitable and effective. Several initiatives are also underway to address sustainment challenges with the C-17. For example, corrosion is becoming a bigger problem as the fleet ages. Currently, the average age of the fleet is 13.3 years, with an age range of 3 to 25 years. Some of the older aircraft already exhibit corrosion in several areas. We have implemented numerous Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTOs) Register Today. Exhibit & Sponsorship Opportunities Available RESERVE SPACE NOW! Contact: Laurie Powell, (703) 740-1940 April 25–26, 2017 Crown Complex Fayetteville, North Carolina A local, practical conference with 500 attendees from the Fort Bragg G6 community, including FORSCOM, USARC, JSOC, USASOC, Ft Bragg NEC, 18th Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Div, and others. AIR SUSTAINMENT C-130 ENGINE/C-17 LIFE CYCLE 14 | Armor & Mobility | March/April 2017

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