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     New RTT iNiTiaTive

       creates combat-ready F-16 crew chiefs, saves time, money

         by Airman 1st Class        right back to their units, Hubbard   class  has  evolved  to  fit  the  needs  of  the   Det. 12 is the largest training detachment
         Brooke Moeder              said.                         students. Hubbard said the first class he   in the Air Force and had a large part in
                                     The 372nd TRS, Det. 12, plays   taught spent two weeks in a classroom and   the validation process for the course, said
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                                    a critical role in producing combat   the last four on the flightline. The class he   Hubbard.
       In July 2020, the Air Force   ready crew chiefs at Luke AFB.  is currently teaching completes one week   When the Airmen finish the new RTT
     introduced a newly redesigned   The six-week course features   in the classroom and the last five weeks on   course, they will be proficient in their job
     course for F-16 Fighting Falcon   intensive instructor-led, hands-on   the flightline.             and able to hit the ground running at their
     crew chiefs going through techni-  training to familiarize the Airmen   “Now we’re just getting to the meat of   first duty station.
     cal training.                  with location-specific maintenance   what they need to do regarding daily sortie   “We want to ensure we send out quality
       After completing technical train-  operations. With a small class size   generations,” Hubbard said. “That includes   crew chiefs,” said Hubbard. “We want to
     ing at Sheppard Air Force Base,   of up to five students, instructors   lots of launching out and refueling aircraft,   make sure that they’re ready to operate on
     Texas, F-16 crew chiefs now pro-  can offer students a more personal   taking oil samples, doing their inspections   the flightline and generate sorties day in
     ceed directly to their first duty   experience, Hubbard said.  and proper forms of documentation.”  and day out.”
     station to attend Right Time    “For training we go to the flight-
     Training with the 372nd Training   line to launch, recover and refuel
     Squadron, Detachment 12, which   the jet,” said Airman 1st Class
     saves the Air Force money by cut-  Diego Garcia, 372nd TRS F-16
     ting additional travel to additional   crew chief. “He just expects us to
     duty stations.                 do our best, and if we’re struggling
       “RTT is their on-the-job training   he just wants to see that we’re
     and reduces lost time for inpro-  learning and capable of absorbing
     cessing,” said Staff Sgt. Darion   information.”
     Hubbard, 372nd TRS F-16 crew    Smaller class sizes lead to better,
     chief instructor. “That way when   faster and tailored training to the
     the Airman gets to their unit, after   aircraft they are working.
     going through RTT, they’re ready   “I take them to the flightline to
     to do the job on their own. This   get them familiar and comfortable
     means less time spent away from   with being around the aircraft and
     doing the job, which keeps them   their new work environment,” said
     ready and consistent.”         Hubbard. “We get hands-on with
       Before RTT, new Airmen went to   the jets. By the time my last class
     Holloman AFB for their hands-on   graduated, their grease covered
     training first, then to their perma-  uniforms reflected all the hard
     nent duty station where they lost   work and training.”
     time for inprocessing and specific   Luke AFB’s first RTT class                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Photos by Airman 1st Class Brooke Moeder
     airframe training. This led to a gap   graduated Oct. 6, while these stu-                                                                                                                                                                             Hubbard (left), poses for a photo with his F-16 Right Time Training
     in time doing their new jobs, now   dents were in the third session.                                                                                                                                                                                  class, Nov. 17, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base. Luke AFB’s first RTT
     within 45 days of inproccessing   They graduated Dec. 9.     Staff Sgt. Darion Hubbard (left), 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Fight-                                                                                                                    class graduated Oct. 6, 2020.
     into their unit they go to RTT then   In  its  first  two  iterations,  the   ing Falcon crew chief instructor, supervises Airman 1st Class Erick
                                                                  Moreno, 372nd TRS F-16 crew chief while he inspects an F-16 before
                                                                  flight, Nov. 17, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base. Hubbard instructs the
                                                                  F-16 Right Time Training course and graduated a class of five stu-
                                                                  dents Dec. 9, 2020.

                                                                                                                                Hubbard (top), teaches his F-16 Right Time Training class basic
                                                                                                                                aircraft maintenance procedures, Nov. 17, 2020, at Luke Air Force   Airman 1st Class Erick Moreno, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Fight-
                                                                                                                                Base. While on the flightline, F-16 crew chiefs attending RTT class   ing Falcon crew chief and F-16 Right Time Training student, grabs a
     Airman 1st Class Jaydon Aguon, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Fight-  Hubbard instructs an F-16 Right Time Training course, Nov. 17, 2020,   learn how to refuel aircraft, take oil samples, perform inspections   headset while preparing an F-16 for flight, Nov. 17, 2020, at Luke Air   Moreno (right), prepares a 309th Fighter Squadron pilot for flight,
     ing Falcon crew chief, prepares an F-16 for flight, Nov. 17, 2020, at   at Luke Air Force Base. The class completes one week in the class-  and more. The RTT class is a new initiative to provide small group,   Force Base. During the six week long RTT course the students learn   Nov. 17, 2020, at Luke Air Force Base. Moreno is enrolled in the six-
     Luke Air Force Base. Aguon is enrolled in the six-week F-16 Right   room and the last five weeks on the flightline learning basic F-16   instructor-led hands-on training for F-16 crew chiefs after they com-  how to perform basic crew chief functions such as launching, refuel-  week long F-16 Right Time Training course and is learning how to
     Time Training course to learn basic flightline maintenance operations.  operations.                                        pete technical training.                                     ing and maintaining aircraft.                                 launch, recover and refuel F-16s.
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