By Sgt. 1st Class Matt Scotten, Personnel Force Innovation Public Affairs
/ Published March 01, 2018
Tech. Sgt. Allen Young, a guardsman from the 144th Fighter
Wing, California National Guard, came from Fresno, California, to serve on orders for four months as a tactical aircraft maintenance technician at Robins AFB, Ga. While on orders, he has the opportunity to learn skills and gain experience that would be nigh-impossible to replicate at home station with his National Guard unit. When his orders end, he will be able to bring those new skills home to his unit. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matt Scotten)
Currently, there are five personnel assisting the 561st
AMXS on Title 10 orders through PFI. Those personnel have made a massive impact on productivity so far. At one point, they even produced two jets 14 days faster than average. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matt Scotten)
Senior Airman Christopher Merrill, a Reservist from the 414th Maintenance Squadron, 944th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, is currently on Title 10 orders as a crew chief for the 561st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, providing depot-level maintenance to F-15e Strike Eagles. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Matt Scotten)
"Our 'work-in-progress' was more than we liked it to be; about two times more than we wanted it to be, so we had a back-log here at our functional test area, which is where we induct the airplanes into the machine here at Robins AFB," said J.C. Middleton, unit guard and reserve coordinator for the AMXS. "Because the work was temporary, and the process to bring on more traditional personnel is so lengthy, it was much more efficient for us to use PFI to recruit military personnel to come here and help us out."
Currently, there are five personnel assisting the unit on Title 10 orders through PFI. Those personnel have made a massive impact on productivity so far. Within one week of their arrival, they cut in half the time required for servicing and shakedowns for foreign object inspections on functional test jets. At one point, they even produced two jets 14 days faster than average.
Senior Airman Christopher Merrill, a Reserve Citizen Airman from the 414th Maintenance Squadron, 944th Fighter Wing at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, is currently on orders as a crew chief for the 561st AMXS through PFI. He heard about the opportunity to come on orders from his flight chief at his home unit. He applied because he was interested in the learning opportunity.
"I mostly did routine maintenance at home station," said Merrill. "It was really nothing compared to what we do here. We change airframe-mounted accessory drives, integrated drive generators. I had done those tasks before, but I do them way more often here. I'm really getting triple the experience in my job that I could get back home, so when I am done here and I go back to my unit, I will be just that much better at my job."
"I had roughly 20 years of experience working on aircraft and I've still learned a lot," said Young. "Things like the environmental control system usually get sent to the electrician shop to be worked on, and while I've been here, I've been able to get my hands on things like that and a lot of other tasks that you just don't get a lot of opportunity to do unless you are working at the depot level."