NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. â€” The United States Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officer School achieved a significant milestone, graduating its 300th student since the school opened its doors in June 2002.
Class 12A is the 24th class to graduate from the USAF AMMOS Combat Support Course. The graduates, all from various maintenance and munitions units across the Air Force, will go back to their bases to produce, instruct, and advise others in all aspects of effects-based logistics.
â€œAMMOS is an advanced combat support school that trains some of the best Air Force maintenance leaders in the execution of agile combat support by focusing on the integration of operational requirements, maintenance capabilities, and logistics processesâ€ said Lt. Col. William Maxwell, USAF AMMOS commandant. â€œStudents are selected to attend AMMOS because they have the greatest potential as graduates to expand combat capability across the Air Force. The investment of the Air Force to send these students here and their energy to succeed will benefit the Air Force for years to come.â€
USAF AMMOS is a result of experience gained from Operation Allied Force. Former Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper, then the United States Air Forces Europe commander, noted during the air war a need for mid-level logistics officers to have enhanced logistics knowledge similar to what operators receive from the United States Air Force Weapons School located here.
In December 2000, a CORONA tasker directed the development of advanced logistics officer training. Jumper, then Air Combat Command commander, approved the, â€œstand upâ€ of the school at Nellis AFB in June 2001, as a part of the 57th Wing. The unitâ€™s mission was to train selected mid-level captain logisticians in the integration of expeditionary logistics processes at the tactical level.
The first class of 12 students, comprised of aircraft maintenance, munitions, logistics planners and supply officers, graduated in June 2003. Now, aircraft maintenance and munitions officers attend the 15-week CSC at AMMOS while logistics readiness officers attend the Advanced Logistics Readiness Officer Course at the Expeditionary Center, at Joint Base McGuire, Dix, Lakehurst, N.J.
The 15-week CSC provides mid-level captains the ability to produce combat airpower, execute mission requirements, educate others, and develops an expeditionary mentality focused on winning todayâ€™s wars while preparing to fly, fight, and win the wars of tomorrow. The 15-week investment has taught these 12 students leadership, critical thinking, the operational art of maintenance, fleet health management, the importance of mission readiness, sortie generation, flying hour program planning and execution, munitions operations, and logistics command and control to build a firm foundation for their future endeavors.
Graduating from the USAF Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Officers School Combat Support Course, Class 12A were:
Capt. Theresa J. Determan, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Capt. Emily E. Harris, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
Capt. Christine C. Hernandez, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Capt. Michael T. Makaryk, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Capt. Craig A. Perleberg, Kadena Air Base, Japan
Capt. Matthew T. Ratcliffe, Scott AFB, Ill.
Capt. Edward Romero, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Capt. Danielle M. Skilton, Cannon AFB, N.M.
Capt. Elim A. Sniady, Langley AFB, Va..
Capt. Lenard C. Soriano, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Capt. Luke R. Stover, Ramstein AB, Germany
Capt. Jessica R. Williams, Randolph AFB, Texas