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VTANG Readies for F-35 Arrival

07.16.2019

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyson Schenawolf, a materiel manager assigned to the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, uncrates F-35 support equipment during the equipment induction process at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 18, 2019. During induction, the F-35 Lightning II support equipment is uncrated, inspected and logged into the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) for accountability and tracking purposes.

07.16.2019

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, alongside civilian partners, uncrate a maintenance stand at the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, during the first phase of F-35 support equipment induction at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 18, 2019. During induction, the F-35 Lightning II support equipment is uncrated, inspected and logged into the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) for accountability and tracking purposes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel)

07.16.2019

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Stephanie Becker, the warehouse supervisor at the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, operates a forklift while moving equipment from storage to a processing area at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt. July 18, 2019. During induction, the F-35 Lightning II support equipment is uncrated, inspected and logged into the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) for accountability and tracking purposes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel)

07.16.2019

Airmen assigned to the 158th Fighter Wing, alongside civilian partners, move crates at the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron, 158th Mission Support Group, 158th Fighter Wing, during the first phase of F-35 support equipment induction at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 18, 2019. During induction, the F-35 Lightning II support equipment is uncrated, inspected and logged into the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) for accountability and tracking purposes. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel)

07.16.2019

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Jason Calhoun (far left), U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Katie Jacques (center), and Master Sgt. Luke Leclair (center right), all aircrew flight technicians assigned to the 158th Operations Group, 158th Fighter Wing, work with Mr. Tony Smith from the F-35 Global Sustainment Operations Supportability Group, inspecting an oxygen mask tester during the equipment induction at the Vermont Air National Guard Base, South Burlington, Vt., July 18, 2019. During induction, the F-35 Lightning II support equipment is uncrated, inspected and logged into the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS) for accountability and tracking purposes.

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By Tech. Sgt. Garth Dunkel

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. – Airmen across the 158th Fighter Wing gathered at the traffic management office (TMO) of the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron to assist with the Green Mountain Boy’s landmark induction of support equipment for the F-35 mission. Aspects of data compliance and inventory procedural guidance are some of the required tasks in effort to effectively support the Vermont Air National Guard’s new mission in the upcoming months.

The partnership between the 158th Fighter Wing consists of the visiting staff from BAE Systems, Inc., Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney who are assisting members through the technical phases of induction. On Wednesday, July 17th Vermont Airmen saw the vast majority of this phase in the process to completion following the divesting process, in which the last of the F-16 equipment shipped off-station the week prior.

Vermont Airmen worked diligently to uncrate various F-35 equipment, parts, and pieces so they can be accounted for and tracked in the new multipurpose autonomic logistics information system (ALIS), a contracted entity that was sourced by Lockheed Martin. Representatives from Lockheed assisted with this process as ALIS is unique to the F-35 platform as an all-encompassing entity to track tasks such as air vehicle maintenance, supply orders, inventory and tool accountability. 

Although the induction process is tedious, it is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirement to adhere to the mechanisms of compliance that this team accomplished together. 

“We provide a sustainment service to assist the servicemember in making sure they have everything they need,” said Mr. Tony Smith, a member of the F-35 Global Sustainment Operations Supportability Group. “The difference I’ve noticed in working with the Green Mountain Boys is they have been very proactive in this process!”

The induction process was slotted to take two weeks from unpacking to ready-for-use in maintenance. In two-day’s time, one hundred percent of the equipment had been unpacked and inventoried. Given the proactive and dedicated nature of the team, the traffic management office anticipates the induction to conclude earlier than expected.

Aside from the toolboxes slotted to arrive at the end of the first week, the efficiency of this process exceeded the typical timeline. All support equipment processes for this induction were expected to conclude before the middle of the second week.

“The team has been doing very well! Obviously, it’s a whole new system and until this week we have never seen ALIS, much less used it. So, we’re getting hands-on training as we’re inducting the parts and we have a great support team,” said Master Sgt. James Flinchbaugh, 158th Fighter Wing Traffic Management Office Superintendent. 

The internal and external collaborative exhibited in this process is a testament to the teamwork fostered at the 158th Fighter Wing. The best days of the Vermont Air National Guard are ahead!