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  • 58th TRS ‘Monster Garage’ meets challenges with innovation

    Suppose your organization is tasked with training 1,500 special mission aviation students a year, from multiple major commands, to perform their operational functions. Their academic phase of training needs to be realistic, and it should not tie up the limited number of flyable aircraft available to train aviators who are in the flight phase of training. In addition, the training must produce maximum value from a relatively minimal investment. That’s one challenge facing the 58th Training Squadron at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico. The squadron’s fabrication flight – a team of eight mechanics and technicians – does its part to answer the challenge. Since 2008, they’ve repurposed retired aircraft into, or in some cases, created from scratch, more than two dozen ground-based aircrew training devices. The equipment is housed in a World War II hangar on the base’s west side known as “The Monster Garage.”
  • AETC deputy commander visits 58th SOW

    From left, Staff Sgt. Mark Birrenkott, 58th Aircrew Maintenance Squadron CV-22 Osprey avionics craftsman, and Tech. Sgt. Derek Scott, 58th AMXS CV-22 Osprey crew chief speaks with U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark E. Weatherington, Air Education and Training Command deputy commander, at Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M., Feb. 11, 2019. Birrenkott and Scott
  • Missile Security Forces modify field deployment, increasing lethality and readiness

    Twentieth Air Force’s three missile wings restructured their security forces groups on Oct. 6, and implemented the Missile Security Operating Concept, significantly changing missile field security operations and addressing areas for improvement in defender culture.  "We're delivering a combat deployment mindset by applying 15 years' worth of best
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