October 23rd, 2015 10:19 EST
Face of Defense: Supply Airman Helps Keep Afghan C-130s Flying
The Afghan air force has four C-130 Hercules airplanes, and U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Angel Gonzalez has a singular role as the C-130 maintenance supply liaison at Train, Advise, Assist Command " Air here.
The command comes under NATO`s Resolute Support mission, and it orders supplies and inventory parts to keep the Afghan Herks " flying in support of Afghan National Army`s operations across Afghanistan.
Gonzalez is assigned to the 440th Air Expeditionary Advisor Squadron and is deployed from Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.
I go to Bagram a couple times a week to speed-up the delivery of aircraft parts, " Gonzalez said. We`ve all got limited resources with equipment, tools and building space, so a quicker timeline to get the maintenance teams their tools and parts is just good customer service because that`s what my job is " it`s working for the customer. "
Getting Aircraft Parts to Afghan Partners
He said his biggest accomplishment here has been working out a schedule and system where he can get parts in an expedient manner to support the maintenance crews.
We don`t have a [Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory] at Kabul, so I need to get parts calibrated at Bagram, such as torque wrenches, gauges, tension wires, scales and various tools, " Gonzalez said. I also check to see if any of my parts I ordered arrived. I do this at least twice a week to make the processes go faster. "
C-130 aircraft maintenance teams see this extra effort and appreciate the fast service so they can complete maintenance in a timely manner.
He`s done some miracle work here, " said Air Force Master Sgt. Mark Klein, 440th AEAS metal fabrication section. He doesn`t have to fly up to Bagram to get our parts, but he does it because it cuts about 10 days off of the shipping process. So, that`s been great, and we can get our work done without waiting around. "
Gonzalez and eight personnel from Bagram`s Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron, or ELRS, came to TAAC-Air to conduct a four-day inventory of the war readiness maintenance spare parts kits Gonzalez has in his inventory.
Those kits are about $5.5 million and inventory hadn`t been done in a while, " Gonzalez said. We found $1.7 million worth of parts that were technically lost or missing, and we put them back in the Air Force inventory. I`m happy to say it checked out 100 percent. "
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