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Tuesday, December 08, 2015

AMC hosts wing commanders at fall Phoenix Rally

by Staff Sgt. Stephenie Wade
Air Mobility Command


12/8/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- More than 100 Mobility Air Force active duty, Guard and Reserve wing commanders and command chiefs will gather here Dec. 1-3 for Air Mobility Command's fall Phoenix Rally -- a three-day, focused look at command priorities, roles and missions.

"This event gives Total Force leaders who enable the mobility mission every day a chance for one-on-one discussion with each other and Air Force leadership," said Capt. Jay Weaver, AMC Phoenix Rally project officer. "This is also the first Phoenix Rally with all three of AMC's new leadership in attendance: the AMC commander, vice commander and command chief.

There are two rallies a year. The spring rally is dedicated towards educating active duty wing commanders and their spouses about the MAJCOM priorities and their role.  The fall rally is dedicated to the Total Force Wing understanding the MAF initiatives and enabling collaboration to operate more effectively, said Weaver.

Gen. Carlton Everhart, AMC commander, kicked off the professional development event.

"I want to hear what you have to say," said Everhart to the attendees.  "This whole rally is for you. Use this time to collaborate and discuss ideas for improvement.  Come to the table with a solution-oriented mindset."

As an example, Everhart referenced to the KC-46 airframe getting ready to be released.

"As we bring on that airframe, let us [MAF leadership] know where you need help. If things are going smoothly, let us know."

The following days were filled with key presentations highlighting Air Force initiatives. This year featured discussions on diversity and inclusion by Chevalier Cleaves; resiliency by the Headquarters Air Force chief of chaplains, Maj. Gen. Dondi Costin; and a teleconference with Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force Gen. David Goldfein.

Additional presentations covered issues related to operations, manpower and personnel, training, inspection and readiness, Airmen development, and quality of life initiatives.

On the last day, Everhart recognized nine Mobility Air Force outstanding performances by units, teams, and individuals in the area of aviation fuel efficiency. Mobility Airmen are responsible for saving or cost avoiding over half a million dollars every day through Optimized Fuel Loading and Accurate Cargo Weights, Fuel Efficient Flight Planning and Execution, and Optimized Simulator Training.  The best practices from both the air and ground support crews were recognized during the event. The Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award was also presented to the 60th Air Mobility Wing, Travis AFB, California.

On stage to recognize the members was Everhart, AMC Command Chief Master Sgt. Shelina Frey and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations Environment and Energy Miranda A.A. Ballentine.

"Operational aviation energy efficiency is a really important topic. Jet fuel has always been an impact on the Air Force, we need it to do what we do. So why do we give awards? It's just part of what to we do. We have to be innovative.

We go through cycles. Right now we going into an era of really cheap oil, $40 a barrel. If its $40 now do we still need to worry about how to reduce the amount of energy we use and the cost...Yes, we do," Ballentine said.

The AMC fuel efficiency winners for the year are:

Wing of the Year:  The 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Deleware, achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, Mission Index Flying usage, and fuel burn efficiency rating.  Additionally, they saved $2 million through the efficient use of Weapon System Trainers and $840,000 by using fuel efficient ground power units instead of auxiliary power units on the aircraft. They implemented a tactical low-level route within close proximity to maximize training and save $443,000 in fuel.  They fostered a culture of fuel efficiency by providing continuation training on fuel planning, Mission Index Flying, and Pilot Performance Advisory System use.

Outstanding Operations Team:  The 6th Air Mobility Wing Fuel Efficiency Working Group, MacDill AFB, Florida, proactive daily review of aircraft fuel loads resulted in an average fuel weight reduction of 3,500 pounds per sortie and a savings of $4.8 million. They championed local landing weight goals which increased awareness of the cost of carrying unneeded extra fuel weight and resulted in an average savings of $10,000 per flight.

Outstanding Logistics Team: The 437th Aerial Port Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, maximized the cargo loading on 5,000 missions and achieved a 99 percent fuel efficiency rate.  They utilized opportune airlift to save $50,000 in transportation costs for several aircraft engines and were instrumental in reducing APU usage, saving 378,000 pounds of fuel.   The 437th APS readied the Department of Defense's only 24/7 alert C-17s, servicing 468 aircraft in an average of less than five minutes per aircraft.

Outstanding Individual: As the Tanker Duty Officer in the Combined Air Operations Center in Al Udeid, Qatar, Capt. Gonzalo Ramirez Jr. deployed from the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, McConnell AFB, Kansas, directed the world's largest combat tanker fleet.  He managed 111 aircrews and 73 aircraft representing 9 nations.  Through his efforts, he directed over 200 air tasking orders per day for six months and conserved 499 tanker missions, saving $33 million and 3,300 hours.  He executed a nine-tanker Yemen crisis support in less than 12 hours' notice to evacuate 121 personnel. He later coordinated 41 tankers and 27 fighters in support of three additional evacuations of 294 more personnel.

C-5 Squadron of the Year:  9th Airlift Squadron, 436th AW, Dover AFB, DE. Achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, Mission Index Flying usage, and fuel burn efficiency rating.

C-17 Squadron of the Year:  17th Airlift Squadron, 437th AW, JB Charleston, S.C. Achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, Mission Index Flying usage, and fuel burn efficiency rating.

C-130 Squadron of the Year:  142nd Airlift Squadron, 166 AW, New Castle ANGB, DE. Achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, and fuel burn efficiency rating.

KC-10 Squadron of the Year:  76th Air Refueling Squadron, 514 AMW, JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ. Achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, Mission Index Flying usage, and fuel burn efficiency rating.

KC-135 Squadron of the Year:   18th Air Refueling Squadron, 931 ARG, McConnell AFB, KS. Achieved the highest combined score for Fuel Tracker sortie reporting, ramp fuel accuracy, Mission Index Flying usage, and fuel burn efficiency rating.

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