Air Force

January 10, 2014

Final flight

Tags:
Senior Airman A.K.
432nd Wing, 432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

A C-17 Globemaster arrives from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dec. 30, 2013. The aircraft is one of three C-17s being used to transport remotely piloted aircraft equipment overseas in support of the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission.

LAS VEGAS — The 432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing has wrapped up 2013 with its last shipment of the year — one that will be used to champion remotely piloted airpower during 2014 and, hopefully, beyond.

Three C-17 crews arrived from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Dec. 30, 2013, to load their aircraft with remotely piloted aircraft equipment that will be used in support of the Air Force’s intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance mission down range.

During the transfer, 46 cargo increments of equipment weighing approximately 64.2 short tons, or more than 128,000 pounds, were loaded onto the C-17s.

“As a hub for RPA operations, we’re intimately involved in supporting and sustaining Combatant Commanders’ aircraft, personnel and equipment requirements,” said Maj. Joshua, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. “We’re the logistics experts and backbone that directly support RPA combat air patrol growth, and our ability to master those processes enables our aircrew to deliver the desired results to Combatant Commanders and ground forces.”

The combined efforts of a multitude of units, including the 432nd Maintenance Group, 432nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 432nd Operations Support Squadron, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron, the Installation Deployment Officer, and many others, made the cargo transfers possible. Each mission of this nature requires planning and coordination from about 60-80 people.

Joel, the Installation Deployment Officer, said his job is to work with the various units to identify what cargo is needed, build the cargo package in the logistics module and coordinate with the Air Terminal to load the aircraft, determine any hazardous cargo, and ensure the load plan and logistics module reflect the hazards.

A forklift positions an aerospace ground equipment support pallet in preparation for loading onto one of three C-17 Globemaster aircraft heading to the area of responsibility Dec. 30, 2013. Forty-six cargo increments of equipment weighing approximately 64.2 short tons, or more than 128,000 pounds, were loaded onto the C-17s during the transfer.

The IDO also works with U.S. Transportation Command to notify any countries being overflown what hazards are on the aircraft, and with Air Combat Command to determine requirement dates, which helps ensure on-time arrival of cargo.

“The equipment takes one to two weeks to prepare. During that time the Air Terminal conducts a joint inspection with the unit to ensure paperwork and weights are correct before the aircraft arrives.” Joel said. “In addition, the unit also prepares any other items needed, such as wood to put underneath the cargo when it’s in the aircraft.”

Next, the 432nd Maintenance Group prepares the equipment and takes it to the staging area to be inspected and placed in different aircraft loads. After that task is complete, the Air Terminal documents the weights and creates a final load plan.

“Finally, a package that documents what each aircraft will carry is created for the aircraft loadmaster. Each aircraft will only be on the ground for 2 hours and 45 minutes, so load teams have to be careful to ensure on-time takeoffs,” Joel said.

Joel said missions such as these contribute to the Air Force’s greater ISR mission by providing key aircraft and capabilities at the right time and place to U.S. and coalition troops overseas.

“This package enables us to provide ISR support for forces on the ground,” he said.

“This is as much a priority mission for Nellis as it is for Creech. Ultimately, this mission is strengthening allied cooperation and increasing the capability for remotely piloted air power around the globe.”




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


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

AF top leaders hold event for Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention Month

U.S. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash Air Force senior leadership locks arms with members of the Air Staff who lined the Arnold Corridor in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, in the Pentagon April 20. ...
 
 

AF begins testing phase for women in combat roles

WASHINGTON — In April 2015, the Air Force will begin conducting the physical evaluations required to explore opening the last six career fields currently closed to women. When the law prohibiting women in ground combat roles was rescinded, 99 percent of the positions within the Air Force were already inclusive of women. The current study...
 
 
square

Luke Lightning strikes at Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler An F-35A Lightning II assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., taxis to the runway for a training exercise at Nellis AFB, Nev., April 15. Maintaine...
 

 

CSAF discusses Air Force’s need to reset

WASHINGTON — The Air Force Association hosted its monthly Air Force breakfast with Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in Arlington, Virginia April 2. During his speech, Welsh addressed many topics and issues in today’s Air Force, including hitting the “reset button.” “For the last couple of years what we have...
 
 
U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen

Operation Joint Medic tests combat casualty care skills in realistic setting

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen Independent duty medical technicians tend to a simulated casualty during Operation Joint Medic at Silver Flag Alpha range complex, Nev., March 31. The event culminated ...
 
 

Nellis honors Holocaust victims, survivors

U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Victoria Sneed Chaplain (Capt.) Jason Klodnicki, 99th Air Base Wing chaplain, lights the last of seven candles at the Holocaust commemoration and candle lighting ceremony at the chapel on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., April 7. During the ceremony, children of victims and survivors lit six candles in...
 




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