Five-base joint effort moves UGNT trailer

April 14, 2017 --

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, New Mexico – Airmen aboard a C-17 Globemaster III from the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis Air Force Base, California  assisted in the transport of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning Systems Directorate’s Universal Ground Nuclear Detonation Detection Terminal (UGNT) trailer from Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, March 21.

Air Force Space Command is currently acquiring multiple UGNTs to replace their outdated system. UGNT will be a hardened, survivable and ground mobile system designed to support the Nuclear Force Management mission during wartime event rate scenarios

“Our main role of the transport was to verify that the trailer was safe for air lifting,” said Staff Sgt. Devin Gallier, 377th Logistic Readiness Squadron air terminal supervisor. “We did joint inspections with the Travis team, along with assisting the actual loading process of the aircraft.”

Using a semi-truck to move the trailer, loading was a slow and careful process to ensure the aircraft and asset remained as unharmed as possible.

“What we are trying to do is demonstrate real-world deployment activity for the program,” said Gabriel Chavez, logistics manager for the UGNT program. “This helps assure us that when the trailer is loaded it can handle the airlift capability needed to take it downrange.”

The transport was part of a five-base joint effort ranging from the following AF units: Los Angeles, Buckley, Kirtland and Travis Air Force bases, and Greeley Air National Guard Station.

“The UGNT movement was very successful. The mission came well under original budget, had no major issues discovered, and was delivered exactly on the scheduled date to Greeley, Colorado,” said 1st Lt. Desi Rodriguez, SMC/GP Test and Integration lead at Los Angeles AFB.  “This was a team effort that was expertly executed by all people involved. It takes a complete team effort to pull off this undertaking.”