by 1Lt Sarah E. Bergstein
436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
7/20/2015 - DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del -- The
C-5M operators and maintainers of the 436th and 512th Airlift Wings
here have been breaking records and raising the bar for global mobility.
Due to Dover's C-5M performance throughout the past several months, Air
Mobility Command's C-5M fleet is now one step closer to reaching Full
"Team Dover's C-5M community, consisting of the 436th AW and 512th AW,
exceeded key performance parameters for executing both wartime and
peacetime operations under the C-5 modernization program, nine months
ahead of schedule," said Col. Michael Grismer, Jr., 436th AW commander.
"This means Team Dover is ready today to execute our C-5M wartime
tasking; a constructive first step on the way to our entire AMC and
AMC-gained C-5M fleet reaching Full Operational Capability."
According to regulations, Full Operational Capability, or FOC, occurs
when all major commands fully attain capability to effectively employ
For 17 consecutive months, Dover C-5Ms exceeded the home station
logistics departure reliability rate standard (whether all of the
scheduled aircraft took off on time) of 75.8 percent.
Team Dover also exceeded the AMC standard of a 75 percent Mission
Capable rate. The MC rate (whether the aircraft is capable of meeting
mission requirements) for the month of May was 81.3 percent, the third
highest average in Dover AFB history. The previous two records were 82.7
percent in November 1991 and 81.5 percent in June 1994.
Additionally, Team Dover's seven-month rolling average C-5M MC rate is also above the standard at 75.7 percent.
Finally, the ability to now carry heavier loads over an extended range
offers capability to support wartime missions and contingencies without
having to refuel the aircraft.
"Our teams [the 436th and 709th Airlift Squadrons, the 436th Operations
Support Squadron and the 436th and 512th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons]
are making it happen at the right level and working through situations
at a much lower level" said Maj. Danzel Albersten, 436th AMS commander.
"The team effort between the active and reserve squadrons is enhanced by
the great support of off-equipment maintenance from the 436th and 512th
"Our maintainers care about what they do and understand the need for the
aircraft to fly so they work very hard-- with pride-- on fixing the
aircraft right the first time," he said.
Albertsen went on to say that when the entire C-5M fleet reaches Full
Operational Capability it will drive home the significance of three
words-- Rapid Global Mobility. For the Air Force, this means having the
ability to project capabilities around the globe, anytime, anywhere, in
force, and on demand.
The success of the C-5M at Dover can be attributed to the Airmen,
training, technology, hard work, and teamwork, among other things, said
An example of how the maintainers have been successful is that newer
systems on the aircraft eliminate excessive troubleshooting.
Specifically for the C-5, the anti-skid system which keeps the brakes
from locking up on landing would immediately cancel a mission and take
between four and six hours to troubleshoot on a legacy C-5 "A" or "B"
model, not counting the repair. Today's C-5M narrows the fix down to one
gear and can be troubleshot and repaired in less than two hours,
enabling the aircrew to stick with the aircraft and fly the necessary
"The future of the C-5M enterprise mission is expanding because of the
foundation built by the Total Force Enterprise," said Lt. Col. Matthew
Husemann, 9th Airlift Squadron commander. "The maintenance and ops
teamwork at both Dover and Travis [AFB] is built on a culture of
excellence and grounded in the superb training of all Airmen."
"The mission support, medical, maintenance, and ops professionals have
partnered to maximize the capabilities of this impressive aircraft," he
Husemann went on to say that the C-5M maintainers had a steep learning
curve to understand and master the new systems, but they have worked
diligently and overcome obstacles to provide the Air Force an
outstanding Rapid Global Mobility platform.
He added that the other service branches lean heavily upon the Air
Force's Global Reach capability; and the communication and teamwork in
the C-5M has exceeded standards and raised the bar for excellence in the
The C-5M brings new capability and reliability over the legacy C-5
fleet. Air Mobility Command exploited the Super Galaxy in the recent
Afghanistan retrograde, where it was employed for the first time in an
expeditionary role to retrograde 25.5 million pounds of cargo in 152
missions - all while closing out Camp Bastion ten days early, and
setting record cargo loads in the process.
The leadership of both the 436th and 512th Airlift Wing's operations and
maintenance squadrons recognize Team Dover's C-5M performance is more
than just a consequence of the modified airplane--it is also a testament
to the changing culture in the C-5 community.
"This is positive news for our Mobility Air Forces and affirms the C-5M
program, which brings proven operational capability with fiscal
responsibility," said Grismer. "Our young maintenance and operations
professionals have changed the culture on how we operate this amazing
Grismer also gave kudos to AMC's global en-route enterprise, which
provides maintenance, aerial port, and command and control to keep the
C-5M mission moving around the world.
He said, "Success would not be possible without our dedicated en-route
teammates, who provide critical services in support of our global