by Airman 1st Class Chris Drzazgowski
355th Fighter Wing public affairs
7/15/2015 - DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. -- The 355th Component Maintenance Squadron's joint fuel cell repair hangar ribbon cutting ceremony was held July 13.
The facility was constructed to improve efficiency within the joint fuel
cell leading to the reduction in man hours and operating costs.
The new hangar is Air Combat Command's largest aircraft fuel systems
repair section. It supports eight aircraft maintenance units which
service assets with a combined worth of over $3.3 billion.
The structure is comprised of many state of the art features which
contribute to the fuel system repair section's effort to be
"We no longer have to make trips to maintenance to get what we need,"
said Tech. Sgt. Richard Newman, 355th CMS assistant fuel systems section
chief. "Whether it's air hoses, respirator hoses or lights, everything
is built into the ceiling of the hangar. Now we just have to walk to the
side of the hangar, push a button and everything we need rolls out from
the ceiling above the aircraft."
The facility encompasses 29,000 square feet and is capable of housing
one C-130 Hercules, or either two A-10 Thunderbolts or HH-60 Pavehawks.
It is equipped with three overhead stations to allow the repair section
to work on multiple fuel tanks at a time.
"We can refuel and defuel in our own hangar as opposed to assembling a
tow team to bring the aircraft out to refuel, diagnose, then defuel it
to put into our hangar for repair," Newman said. "This feature will save
us hundreds of man hours annually."
Another addition to the building that was not available to the repair
section's previous location, is its own aircraft power unit. The
wall-mounted unit has an output of 115 volts and 400 hertz to supply
power to the systems of the aircraft in need of repair. This allows the
repair section to diagnose problems without having to put in a request
for a separate generator, according to Newman.
The Airmen of the aircraft fuel systems section have been ready to begin
working in their new location since the beginning of its construction
in April 2013.
"If I was a brand new Airman who was assigned here, I'd get a sense of
pride after seeing the brand new building," Newman said. "I'd think to
myself 'Wow, stepping into The Blue was worth it.' I think it will
create a sense of pride among the Airmen who work here."