by Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
10/10/2014 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- On
Oct. 7, Airman 1st Class Christopher Torres, 86th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron dedicated crew chief, released a C-130 under black letter
conditions; a condition stating that the specific aircraft is operating
without any discrepancies, due inspections or maintenance problems.
For the first time since rolling off the delivery line Torres' C-130J took flight with a black letter designation.
"Today we had the opportunity to a launch an aircraft on a black letter
initial which is unique and exciting," said Chief Master Sgt. Robert
Spychalski, 86th AMXS superintendent. "In my career dating all the way
back to 1983 I have never experienced this."
Spychalski said that the reason this achievement was accomplished was
due to Torres' pride in his aircraft, work and active attitude to
aggressively trim the fat and work the issues ahead of him.
"I made sure I always stayed on top of the forms, the aircraft itself
when it went in for maintenance, coming in on my spare time to
accomplish tasks that couldn't be done otherwise and staying with the
aircraft as much as possible," said Torres. "It's your plane, your
responsibility. It's me and an assistant dedicated crew chief. Work
becomes personal, the plane becomes personal, you even get to the point
where many will name their aircraft."
The launching of the C-130 wasn't the only item being celebrated on the
day's agenda. Torres was coined by the 86th AMXS commander, the 86th
Maintenance Group superintendent and awarded two patches from the 37th
Airlift Squadron commander.
"He's really put his nose to the grindstone to not only accomplish this
black letter but to also ensure this aircraft is the most fit in the
fleet," said Capt. Tyler Gross, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Unit OIC.
"He's the pinnacle of dedication and perseverance as a crew chief."
Whether it's Airmen or aircraft the Air Force continues to look toward working in black letter designation conditions.