Air Force

April 25, 2014

AMMOS graduates expand combat capability

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NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The U.S. Air Force Advanced Maintenance and Munitions Operations School celebrated another milestone recently, graduating its 27th Combat Support Course here April 11.

Class 14A is the first 24 student officer class to graduate from the AMMOS since the school opened its doors in 2002. Before Class 14A the course averaged 16 graduates per class. The graduates, all from various maintenance and munitions units across the Air Force, will go back to their units to produce, mentor and advise others in all aspects of effects-based logistics.

“The 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 scenarios and gave them less time to find solutions than any of them would have wanted. Our school is very challenging for a reason, to ensure that every graduate is prepared to produce combat airpower anytime, anywhere regardless of the operating environment. We know that the graduates of 14A are prepared to meet any challenge.”

AMMOS came about as a result of experience gained from Operation Allied Force. During the air war, former Air Force Chief of Staff retired General John Jumper, then the United States Air Force Europe commander, noted a need for mid-level logistics officers to have enhanced logistics knowledge similar to what operators receive from the U.S. Air Force Weapons School. In December 2000, a CORONA task directed the development of advanced logistics officer training and in June 2001, General Jumper, then Air Combat Command commander, approved the “stand up” of the school at Nellis AFB, as a part of the 57th Wing.

The school’s mission is to train selected mid-level captain logisticians in the integration of expeditionary logistics processes at the tactical level.

The CSC provides mid-level captains the ability to produce combat airpower, execute mission requirements, educate others, and develops an expeditionary mentality focused on winning today’s wars while preparing to fly, fight, and win the wars of tomorrow.

The seven-week course has taught the 24 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. That foundation will allow the graduates of AMMOS CSC Class 14A to meet and shape the challenges of tomorrow.

“I am extremely proud of this CSC class. The students 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. I am sure they will enhance the maintenance community by fulfilling their AMMOS graduate roles of being producers, mentor, and advisors,” said Major Jennifer Gurganus, USAF AMMOS director of operations.

To mark the occasion, Brig. Gen. Christopher Short, 57th Wing commander, served as the graduation guest speaker. He addressed the graduates in saying:

“AMMOS graduates are already recognized as subject matter experts at mobilization, deployment and redeployment, bed down, sustainment, combat employment and reconstitution,” Short said. “Commanders will look to AMMOS graduates to have the answer, the acknowledged TTP to overcome the challenge and more likely, look to the AMMOS graduate to critically think through the problem and develop a solution that satisfies the requirement.”

Graduating from the USAF CSC, Class 14A:

Capt. Sean Allen

Little Rock AFB, Ark.

 

Capt. Anthony Bryant

Joint Base San Antonio, Texas

 

Capt. Eric Burke

JB Andrews, Md.

 

Capt. Jermaine Campbell

March Air Reserve Base, Calif.

 

Capt. Lindsay Christopherson

Holloman AFB, N.M.

 

Capt.Christopher Clark

Tinker AFB, Okla.

 

Capt. Daniel Connors

Sheppard AFB, Texas

 

Capt. Robert Dunphy

Creech AFB, Nev.

 

Capt. Daniel Gebhardt

Kirtland AFB, N.M.

 

Capt. Jeremiah Gottberg

McConnell AFB, Kan.

 

Capt. Michelle Knauf

Buckley AFB, Colo.

 

Capt. Michael Lasher

Eileson AFB, Ala.

 

Capt. Daryl Mccoy

Kadena Air Base, Japan

 

Capt. Deanna Mcdonald

Hurlburt Field, Fla.

 

Capt. Galen Mcrae

Whiteman AFB, Mo.

 

Capt. David Mueller

Cannon AFB, N.M.

 

Capt. Richard Palz

Nellis AFB, Nev.

 

Capt. David Rhodes

JB Charleston, S.C.

 

Capt. Michael Rivera

Spangdahlem AB, Germany

 

Capt. Jennifer Rogers

Hill AFB, Utah

 

Capt. Stephen Rose

Tyndall AFB, Fla.

 

Capt. Brock Sargent

Camp Darby, Italy

 

Capt. Justin Shetter

Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.

 

Capt. Ryan White

Robins AFB, Ga.

 




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