The Air Force’s C-130 Programmed Depot Maintenance Team at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia has won the Defense Secretary’s 2012 Robert T. Mason Depot Maintenance Excellence Award, announced Pentagon officials on Aug. 28. The team is recognized for its outstanding work in Fiscal 2011 that improved C-130 availability despite higher operational demands on the fleet. This included slashing flow days in depot from 102 to 69, achieving 100 percent on-time delivery by the end of the fiscal year, and lowering customer-reported deficiencies by 60 percent, states the Defense Department’s release. Also announced were the recipients of the Defense Secretary’s annual field-level maintenance awards. The Air Force winners are: the 23rd Maintenance Group at Moody AFB, Ga., in the large-unit category; the 3rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at JB Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, in the medium-unit category; and the 353rd Special Operations Maintenance Squadron at Kadena AB, Japan, in the small-unit category. Pentagon officials will present these awards on Nov. 15 in Grand Rapids, Mich.
More than 100 B-21s will be needed if the nation is to avoid creating a high demand/low capacity capability, panelists said on a Hudson Institute webinar. The B-21's flexibility, stealth, range and payload will be in high demand for a wide range of missions, both traditional and new.