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â€œWe train the worldâ€™s greatest fighter pilots and combat ready Airmenâ€ August 2018 Vol. 18, No. 8 INSIDE StorIES ï® Reinventing F-35 MX, 3 ï® Cyber security, 5 ï® Transfer of GI Bill, 6 ï® Krav Maga, 8 ï® Water report, 12 FEAtUrE Airman 1st Class Aspen Reid Tech. Sgt. Derek Cook, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron lead standardization crew member, grabs tools to load weapons onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon at Luke Air Force Base. Using continuous process improvement principles members from the 56th LOAD COMPETITION Maintenance Group have implemented changes to speed up the process in which they conduct initial weapons loading training on aircraft. See Page 10 MXG streamlines initial weapons load process Continue to get Lukeâ€™s latest Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Removing unnecessary tasks from initial certification training news and information from FRANKLIN RAMOS allows the team to focus on more essential steps to weapons loading. these sources: http://www. Since doing so, they have seen better passing rates for some quali- aerotechnews.com/lukeafb/ 56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs fications. Around 99 percent of the weapons theyâ€™ve loaded onto aircraft have properly fired or dropped without malfunctioning. http://www.luke.af.mil Members from the 56th Maintenance Group recently implement- and social media ed changes to speed up initial weapons load training on aircraft. â€œItâ€™s really benefited the maintainers here in the load barnâ€ Havel said. â€œOur [aircraft] gun fire rates and bomb drop rates have Luke56thFW @LukeAFB Master Sgt. David Havel, 56th MXG wing weapons superinten- increased roughly 1.5 percent, which isnâ€™t a huge number, but if you dent, is leading the way on the new changes using tools from a look at our standard of 98 to 99 percent, thereâ€™s not a huge margin Date of publication Continuous Process Improvement course he is attending. for error. Weâ€™re really knocking those standards out of the park. Our semiannual evaluation rate has gone up by almost 14 percent.â€ First Friday â€œThe CPI class has been eye opening about time-saving events that could be applied to daily life in weapons standardization,â€ Another benefit of this streamlined process is that the weapons of the month Havel said. â€œA few months ago it was highlighted that there were teams can get aircraft used for training back out to the flightline some redundancies within our training, time was wasted and we in a shorter time period. Submission deadline were not using it to the best of our ability. The programs I learned in class, we brought here and implemented it to save time.â€ â€œIn the past, initial certification was blocked for an entire week, 15th day of the month five duty days for both aircraft,â€ said Havel. â€œWith the processes The maintainers diligently communicated to prioritize and solve that weâ€™ve changed, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is now done in four prior to date of publication problems within their processes. They reviewed their initial weap- duty days and the F-35 Lightning II is done in three duty days.â€ ons load training procedures and removed unnecessary processes Veterans such as functional checks, integrated munition loads and paper Since February 2018, the weapons teams has saved around 1,080 technical orders. man-hours in aircraft maintenance training which allows their Tell us Your Story troops to assists in other maintenance areas. Active-duty, Reserve, Retirees â€œItâ€™s helped us out a lot here in the weapons community,â€ said All military branches are included Tech. Sgt. Josh Roberts, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron â€œWe saved a total of 45 days of training, and given back 1,080 loading standardization crew chief. â€œWe are the largest weapons hours to the flightline Airmen out there launching jets, loading Email name, phone number and a community in Air Education and Training Command. Anytime we bombs, and fixing aircraft,â€ Havel said. â€œI hope that our young men brief description of your service to can save time and make our job more efficient it is going to make and women are getting the great skills and knowledge they need to our customers, which is everybody out there on the flightline, be good at their jobs in a way that translates to the flightline and firstname.lastname@example.org more efficient.â€ keeps pilots training at the most efficient pace possible.â€ Go to www.aerotechnews.com/lukeafb or use your smartphone to connect to our website!