Air Force

August 23, 2013

Ops desk beating heart of flying squadron

Staff Sgt. C. J. HATCH
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Every fighter squadron at Luke Air Force Base has a central area manned by Airmen who make sure pilots are able to fly daily.

“The operations desk is where each pilot stops to get important information and the green light to fly before stepping to their aircraft,” said Staff Sgt. Jessica Williams, 309th Fighter Squadron aviation resource management specialist.

Getting a pilot ready to go is no easy task and this section helps monitor and track the pilots’ training requirements.

“For a pilot to fly, they need to have all of their required training done,” Williams said. “We make sure they have completed their go, no-go tasks such as egress, altitude chamber and medical. We have a system and know every pilot’s requirements. When they get close to expiring on events we let the pilot know so they can get the training done to renew that requirement.”

Pilots can be issued a “no-go” if they aren’t up to date on training or don’t complete it in time and can be stopped from flying until the requirement is complete.

Keeping pilots up to date on training is not the only thing the SARM does for the squadron – they are also a relay point for information.

“The ops desk keeps in contact with the maintainers and we relay that information to the pilots,” Williams said. “So, if a jet can’t fly and a pilot is going to be switched to a new aircraft or delayed, maintenance lets us know. It also works the other way if a pilot notices something not quite right during a flight they can tell us and we pass it on.”

A squadron operations desk also keeps in contact with base operations, the air traffic control tower, weather and others to ensure pilots get all the information they need before flying.

“Before stepping to an aircraft, the pilots receive a briefing from the operations supervisor,” said Maj. Brendan Shannon, 309th FS assistant director of operations. “We give them weather conditions, the tail numbers of the aircraft they are flying that day and other information they might need.”

Giving briefings and ensuring pilots are good to go is their primary job, but every so often the job of the operations desk will change drastically.

“One thing we have to do that doesn’t happen often is mishaps, and we get busy when that happens,” said Airmen 1st Class Britney Carter-Grimes, 309th FS SARM. “If something like that happens we become the center of activity. All information flows through us and we have to disseminate it to the squadron. During times like that the phones never stop and it’s very fast paced.”

The ops supervisor and SARM work hand in hand to make sure the flying operations of the squadrons run smoothly.

“We are here to get pilots in the air and trained,” Williams said. “We are part of the mission to train the world’s greatest F-16 pilots, by making sure they can fly every day.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Senior Airman Devante Williams

Luke 1 brings home flagship

Senior Airman Devante Williams Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, speaks with the press after landing the flagship F-35 Lightning ll joint strike fighter Tuesday at Luke Air Force Base. The flagship’s arriva...
 
 

Every Airman has a voice

While Gen. Mark Welsh III was here at Luke Air Force Base, he discussed the importance of listening to your young Airmen, and making sure they feel empowered to have open dialogue and share ideas within their chain of command. As the NCO in charge of my section, I took General Welsh’s words to heart...
 
 

Off-base activities build your CAF

The Critical Days of Summer draw near. I know that in our shop this kicks off a slew of safety briefings about how to minimize the chance of injuries and stay out of danger. However, this shouldn’t discourage you from going out and exploring the Valley of the Sun. Luke is an amazing base because...
 

 
Senior Airman 
MARCY COPELAND

Love thy feet

Senior AirmanMARCY COPELAND Senior Airman Yadria Wood, 56th Medical Operations Squadron aerospace medical technician, wraps a toe after a wedge resection is performed April 16 on Luke Air Force Base. The human foot contains 26 ...
 
 

News Briefs May 1, 2015

BMGR IEC convenes The Intergovernmental Executive Committee for the Barry M. Goldwater Range will convene at 5:30 p.m. May 13 in Cabela’s Conference Room at 9380 W. Glendale Ave., Glendale. The IEC meets three times per year to facilitate the exchange of views, information and advice relating to the Air Force and Marine Corps’ management...
 
 

Trainee breaks 90 percent, never looks back

“Lee, get off my track!” the instructor yelled. The time clock showed that 21 minutes had passed. Everyone in my flight was finished with the mile-and-a-half run except me. I didn’t finish. Before that we had been mock tested on the sit-up and pushup portion of the test. I performed six sit-ups and zero pushups...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin