On average, maintainers at Ogden Air Logistics Center in Utah performing the precision engagement modification for the A-10 fleet are turning out a C-model Hog in less than 90 days. They just completed work on the 100th aircraft. Some of the first upgraded A-10s entered combat last fall in Southwest Asia to rave reviews. And, that, says Greg Hoffman, director of Ogden’s 571st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, is “proof that what you have done matters.” He said the upgrade program has been a “challenge,” but that the combined efforts of Ogden and prime contractor Lockheed Martin has resulted in reduced overall modification time. Shortly before his retirement, then-Air Combat Command boss Gen. Ron Keys noted how difficult it had been to sustain funding for the A-10 mod program, which he said was good but hadn’t produced the “Super Hog” the Air Force wanted, complete with upgraded engines. Some funding had to go to new wings to keep those A-10s with “thin-skin” wings flying. (309th Mx Wing report by Bill Orndorff)
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.