Logistics Complexes drive readiness for Air Force

From Armor & Mobility, August 2018 Issue

Functioning interdependently as a symbiotic enterprise, the Air Force Sustainment Center’s three ALCs comprise a vital logistics and sustainment network that plays a major role in supporting readiness.

By Air Force Sustainment Center Public Affairs

The Air Force Sustainment Center’s logistics enterprise—comprised of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex (OO-ALC) at Hill Air Force Base, Utah; the Oklahoma City ALC at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and the Warner Robins ALC at Robins AFB, Georgia—serves as the engine of readiness for the U.S. Air Force.
Organic depot maintenance accomplished at the ALCs is a ballet of sophisticated theory-of-constraints and guided processes, with the complexes themselves operating in a symbiotic, interdependent manner, forming a logistics and sustainment network that underpins Air Force readiness. This is the logistics kill chain needed for a modern military to deter our adversaries and reassure our allies.

Ogden Air Logistics Complex

The Ogden ALC provides war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the Warfighter through world-class logistics, support, maintenance, distribution, and engineering management for actively flying mature and proven weapon systems.

The OO-ALC provides logistics, support, maintenance, and distribution for the nation’s premier fighter aircraft: the F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and A-10 Thunderbolt. In addition, it maintains the C-130 Hercules, T-38 Talon and other weapon systems, as well as the Minuteman III ICBM. The complex is one of the leading providers of software, pneudraulics, secondary power systems, composites and ICBM rocket motors for the Department of Defense. The complex is also the Air Force’s Landing Gear Center for Industrial and Technical Expertise, handling all Air Force landing gear and a majority of other DoD landing gear. Personnel in remote locations perform aircraft, missile and electronics maintenance, regeneration, and storage.

The complex employs more than 8,100 military, civilian, and contract personnel at Hill AFB in 155 different job series. It also extends to 10 remote locations in the United States and Japan. The scope of responsibility includes cost, schedule and quality of depot and maintenance repair, overhaul and modification of Air Force aircraft, the Minuteman ICBM system, and a variety of commodities, software, aircraft storage and regeneration.

The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, located at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, supports the Department of Defense, NASA and other government agencies by providing selected aerospace depot maintenance and modifications, aircraft regeneration, storage and preservation, and aircraft parts reclamation and disposal.

The 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group performs depot repair, modification and maintenance support on the F-35, F-16, F-22, C-130, T-38 and A-10. This support includes teams deployed worldwide to perform aircraft battle damage repair, crash damage repair and field-level depot maintenance. A geographically separated unit maintains T-38 aircraft at Randolph AFB, Texas.
The 309th Commodities Maintenance Group is the Technical Repair Center for landing gear, wheels, brakes, secondary power systems, hydraulics and pneudraulics, and composites. The group maintains, repairs, manufactures and modifies armament, power systems, gas turbine engines, auxiliary power units, secondary power units, and fuel accessories and controls. In addition, the group does structural sheet metal, aircraft canopies, flight controls, and heavy machining work.

The 309th Electronics Maintenance Group repairs, overhauls and modifies electronics, avionics, radar, laser guidance systems, instrumentation, photonics, electrical systems and components, and ground power, oil and air-cooled generators, and munitions loaders/trailers. It supports programmed depot maintenance and modification of aircraft weapon systems, provides worldwide resupply support for component parts, and manages the Support Center Pacific, Kadena Air Base, Japan.

The 309th Maintenance Support Group is the facilities manager for projects in the Complex maintenance infrastructure program and manages military construction program projects. Group laboratories analyze and test chemicals, materials, wastes, and weapons systems components to help customers sustain and improve their processes. The group is the technical source of repair for the Air Force metrology and calibration program on assigned systems and components.

The 309th Missile Maintenance Group provides depot-level maintenance and support to America’s land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missile force and to the Air Launched Cruise Missile force. Four geographically separated units provide on-site depot-level maintenance, repair and modifications of 450 Minuteman III launch facilities and 45 missile alert facilities spread across five states. The group plans and directs repair of ICBM operational ground equipment, transportation and handling equipment, reentry systems, and unique support equipment. It controls movement, provides storage for Minuteman III weapon system boosters, and performs static firing and depot-level maintenance for the Minuteman III weapon system. Accountable assets are tracked for the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty by the group. The group also conducts strategic and tactical rocket motor propellant dissection and analysis, tests missile integrated systems, repairs shelters and radomes, and performs Radar Cross Section characterization testing of aircraft and flight hardware.

The 309th Software Maintenance Group is leading the way as a world-class software development organization. The group’s engineers and technicians provide critical system updates for military bombers, fighter jets, missile systems, satellite systems and others. The group provides “cradle-to-grave” systems support, encompassing software engineering, hardware engineering, program management, data management, and consulting solutions of the highest quality and capability to the Warfighter, while meeting the commitment to safety, quality, schedule, and cost.

Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex

The Oklahoma City ALC (OC-ALC) is one of the largest units in Air Force Materiel Command. It employs more than 9,800 military and civilian personnel with 98 different job skills. The complex utilizes 63 buildings and 8.2 million square feet of industrial floor space in support of its mission.

The OC-ALC performs programmed depot maintenance and modifications on KC-135 Stratotanker, B-1B Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, E-3 Sentry and Navy E-6 Mercury aircraft; maintenance, repair and overhaul for F100, F101, F108, F110, F117, F118, F119, F135, TF33 engines; and a wide variety of commodities for the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and foreign military sales.

The complex is responsible for the development and sustainment of a diverse portfolio of mission-critical software for the Air Force and other customers, as well as worldwide aircraft battle damage repair capability for multiple weapon systems.

The OC-ALC is comprised of five groups that team together to provide world-class maintenance, repair, and overhaul support to the Warfighter.

The 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group is the Air Force’s premier unit for programmed depot maintenance on B-1, B-52, KC-135, E-3, E-6, and special mission fleets. The 76th AMXG performs all facets of depot maintenance, including full overhaul maintenance, FAA certified aircraft repairs, engineering services, aircraft modifications, depaint and paint services, flight testing, and expeditionary depot repair teams. The group is currently preparing for the Air Force’s next generation tanker, the KC-46 Pegasus.

The 76th Commodities Maintenance Group (CMXG) directs, manages, and operates organic depot-level maintenance facilities in the repair and overhaul of Air Force, Navy, and FMS aircraft and engine parts to serviceable condition. The group’s portfolio includes the A-10, B-1, B-2, B-52, C-5, C-17, C-130, C-135, C-141, E-3, F-4, F-5, F-15, F-16, F-22, MQ-1, MQ-9, and T-38 weapons systems. The 76th CMXG also serves as the Air Force Technology Repair Center for air and fuel accessories, constant speed drives, and oxygen-related components.

The 76th Maintenance Support Group is responsible for maintaining one of DoD’s largest industrial complexes on a 24/7 basis. It keeps the buildings, hangars, machines, and equipment running so the depot can meet the Warfighters’ requirements. Structures range from World War II-era buildings and hangars to state-of-the-art software and engine maintenance facilities and equipment. The group services include physical plant management, metrology, physical science laboratories, tools management, environmental oversight, and long-range facility planning.

The 76th Propulsion Maintenance Group is DoD’s foremost engine repair and overhaul center. It sustains most of the bomber, tanker, fighter, and special mission aircraft engines in the Air Force, as well as some Navy and Foreign Military Sales engines. The group performs repairs on engines and major engine assemblies for the F100, F101, F107, F108, F110, F117, F118, F119, F137, and TF33.

The 76th Software Maintenance Group delivers a wide spectrum of software and systems engineering solutions in a dynamic cyber environment. As part of the Air Force Sustainment Center Software Enterprise, the group provides the DoD with capabilities in operational flight programs, mission planning systems, space systems, ground-based radar, weapons support, mission support, jet engine test, training and simulation systems, and diagnostics and repair.

Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex

The Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex (WR-ALC) at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., is a critical piece of the Air Force Sustainment Center’s logistics enterprise.

Robins, like its partner bases in Utah and Oklahoma, utilizes the Art of the Possible, or AoP, methodology to achieve its missions. AoP is about recognizing opportunities, understanding and eliminating true limiting constraints, improving processes, and maximizing available resources.

Through about 7,000 employees, the WR-ALC provides depot maintenance, engineering support, and software development to major weapon systems such as F-15, C-5, C-130, C-17 and Special Operations Forces aircraft. The Complex achieves command objectives providing a capability/capacity to support peacetime maintenance requirements, wartime emergency demands, aircraft battle damage repair, and a ready source of critical items for maintenance.

The 402nd Aircraft Maintenance Group provides programmed depot maintenance and unscheduled repair activities on F-15, C-130, C-5 and C-17 aircraft and is responsible for the repair, modification, reclamation and rework of over 200 aircraft worldwide. The group prepares and deploys combat Aircraft Battle Damage Repair, crash recovery, and supply and transportation teams worldwide.

The 402nd Maintenance Support Group provides logistics support for depot maintenance repair facilities and provides plant facilities, equipment engineering, calibration, and installation support to the wing’s infrastructure. The unit is organized into two squadrons: the Industrial Services Squadron, which manages capital investment-related programs, and the Maintenance Materiel Support Squadron, which is responsible for determining, establishing, maintaining, forecasting, and transporting inventory of consumable and exchangeable materiel required for depot maintenance.

The 402nd Commodities Maintenance Group provides depot maintenance support to major weapons systems, primarily F-15, C-5, C-130 and SOF aircraft, through major structural repair, manufacturing, modification, and component and special process repair. The group applies industrial engineering and production control programs and procedures.

The 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group provides combat-ready avionics parts and services to warfighting forces. Their production encompasses 75 percent of the Air Force organic workload, comprised of 275 key systems incorporating 6,100 discrete items. The group transformed capability into effects through outstanding depot-level test, maintenance, manufacturing, repair, and engineering capabilities for all Department of Defense services and Foreign Military Sales.

The 402nd Software Maintenance Group serves as the single organic source of Mission Critical Computer Resources and Automatic Test Equipment software for all assigned prime systems and equipment. The 402nd serves all echelons of maintenance requiring computer programming skills and assembly-level computer programming languages. The group designs, develops, and provides new, altered, updated, or modified software and updates/corrects existing avionics items/system software. It also provides on-site engineering assistance to identify and correct software deficiencies and provides criteria and documentation for automated equipment. The group conducts feasibility studies for the application of automation to the depot maintenance process and serves as the Automatic Test Systems focal point for the wing.

Robins AFB recently announced the establishment of an Air Force Advanced Technology and Training Center, currently under construction in Warner Robins, Ga. The facility will provide scientists, engineers, technicians, and educators in Middle Georgia a state-of-the-art facility to help revolutionize future manufacturing technologies. The facility is expected to be completed by late 2018.

The ATTC will be a place to train on and test new technologies without interrupting actual aircraft maintenance production.

The facility will provide quick reaction and qualification capabilities for new technologies and processes in a non-production environment; training capabilities for advanced technology equipment and processes; and cross-discipline collaboration space to share ideas and interact real-time in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. By leveraging these capabilities, the center will allow the staff to work collaboratively to foster innovative thinking, increase education and training, and push the state of the art in manufacturing.

The center will seek to capitalize on the government and academic talent of people in the Middle Georgia region and encourages new opportunities for local high schools, community colleges, and universities.

This air logistics complex trifecta, fueled by innovation and modernization, ensures the AFSC is able to deliver combat power for America now and into the future. Airmen in combat cannot succeed without the air, space, and cyberspace capabilities produced by the AFSC organizations at these installations.