Salutes & Awards

December 20, 2013

USAF AMMOS graduates AMSC 100th graduate

Capt Jeremy B. McCraney
USAF AMMOS

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School celebrated the graduation of its 7th Advanced Maintenance Superintendent Course class Dec 13. This graduation also marked the graduation of the 100th AMSC graduate.

AMSC is a six-week course that provides graduate-level education in expeditionary logistics and agile combat support to Senior NCOs in the aircraft and munitions maintenance community.

“The USAF AMMOS is an institution for warriors. Students are selected because they have the greatest potential as graduates to expand combat capability,” said Lt. Col. Brian Moore, USAF AMMOS commandant. “We kept their training tough, placed them in nearly impossible scenario and gave them less time to find solutions than any of them would have wanted. Our school is that way for a reason.

The Air Force is stronger today because of their efforts; as they use the skills they have learned to lead our Airmen, the Air Force will be stronger tomorrow.”

AMSC graduates are skilled tactical and operational maintenance experts, capable of effectively leading aircraft and munitions maintenance operations at home station or deployed.

Graduates can manage aircraft fleet-health and overall unit readiness challenges to ensure combat-ready weapons systems in support of an air campaign. Graduates will plan and execute a unit’s flying hour program and can deploy forces to successfully accomplish expeditionary combat operations.

They can design and execute munitions operations and production. Graduates are charged to share their knowledge as mentors to their peers and subordinates. They also act as an advisor to wing leadership on aircraft and munitions maintenance at home station or deployed.

“I am extremely proud of this AMSC class. The class came together as a strong team and mastered maintenance tactics, techniques and procedures. I am looking forward to hearing back from these graduates as to how they are applying what they learned at AMMOS to their home station jobs,” said Maj. Jennifer Gurganus, USAF AMMOS director of operations. “I am sure they will enhance the maintenance community by fulfilling their AMMOS graduate roles of being producers, mentors and advisors.”

Class 13B graduates include:
Chief Master Sgt. Brian J. Bik, Stratton Air National Guard Base, N.Y.
Senior Master Sgt. Gregory S. Austin, Dyess AFB, Texas
Senior Master Sgt. Patrick E. Bailey, Holloman AFB, N.M.
Senior Master Sgt. Anthony J. Bartalini, Barksdale AFB, La.
Senior Master Sgt. Dustin J. Breznai, Andersen AB, Guam
Senior Master Sgt. Kevin A. Davis, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Senior Master Sgt. David Flores, Scott AFB, Ill.
Senior Master Sgt. Lester A. Gaither, Fairchild AFB, Wash.
Senior Master Sgt. Ryan J. Gretlein, Little Rock AFB, Ark.
Senior Master Sgt. Robert T. Halstea, Robins AFB, Ga.
Senior Master Sgt. Andrew R. Kemp, Yokota AB, Japan
Senior Master Sgt. Raymond W. Phreaner, Jr., Tyndall AFB, Fla.
Senior Master Sgt. Kristian D. Safford, Aviano AB, Italy
Senior Master Sgt. Jason R. Sells, Eglin AFB, Fla.
Senior Master Sgt. Mark R. Workman, Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz.
Senior Master Sgt. Michael G. Zink, Pope Army Airfield, N.C.




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