DynCorp International team members support the U.S. Air Force/Air Education and Training Command (AETC) at the Sheppard Flight Support Division at Sheppard Air Force Base (AFB) in Wichita Falls, Texas.
DI provides aircraft maintenance support for the 80th Flying Training Wing at Sheppard AFB. The mission of the Air Education and Training Command’s (AETC) 80th Flying Wing is unique, providing undergraduate pilot training for the U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies in the Euro NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program (ENJJPT).
The program, established in 1981, is the world’s only multi-nationally-manned and managed flying training program. Graduates of this prestigious program are assigned to fighter pilot positions in their respective air forces.
Sheppard AFB Aircraft Maintenance
DI provides a skilled mix of aviation services managers, supervisors, mechanics, specialists and technicians to support T-6A and T-38C military training aircraft. Team members manage scheduled maintenance, ground handling, servicing, launch and recovery, on-and off-equipment back shop support and transient maintenance, including crash damaged or disabled aircraft recovery.
Team Members Committed to Excellence
During a recent Consolidated Unit Inspection (CUI) by the AETC Inspector General, the 80th Flying Training Wing received an overall “Excellent” rating and DI’s contractor maintenance team received the highest possible score from the inspectors.
“We are proud to not only support the U.S. Air Force in this essential program, but are also proud of the DI team’s commitment to excellence and the professionalism they exhibit at Sheppard,” said Jim Myles, vice president of DynCorp International’s Aviation Group.
This CUI was the first of its kind for AETC, combining the Inspector General Compliance Inspection, the Logistics Capability Assessment Program, the Airfield Operations Compliance Inspection and the Aircrew Standardization and Evaluation Visit.
Consolidated Unit Inspection
Consolidated Unit Inspections (CUIs) combine numerous evaluations and assessments from multiple agencies to obtain a comprehensive view of a wing’s compliance with mission directives.
Oscar J. Padeway, the Deputy Director of Inspections for the Air Force Inspector General, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, believes the CUI initiative could possibly reduce the current number of inspection days from approximately 350 days in a five-year period to as few as two weeks in a two-year period.
“The overall goal of the Consolidated Unit Inspection is to reduce the number of functional inspections, assessments and evaluations imposed on a Wing by integrating or synchronizing them with IG inspections; this will give units more time to train and sustain a constant state of readiness,” said Padeway.