DVIDS – News – 725th AMS Hosts First Local MCA Training

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Airmen from the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing assigned to the 725th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), a tenant unit at Naval Station (NAVSTA) Rota, Spain, have completed their first iteration of Multicapable Airmen (MCA) training February 11, 2022.

Airmen across the 725th AMS participated in a weeklong familiarization of new tasks using real equipment as well as virtual reality training tools.

According to Air Force Doctrine Note 1-21 – Agile Combat Employment (ACE) released December 2021, ACMs are capable of performing tasks outside of their primary Air Force specialty code. Specifically, these personnel are often trained as a cross-functional team to provide combat support and combat service support to elements of the ACE force. They are enabled by cross-use training and can operate independently in an expeditionary environment to achieve mission objectives within acceptable levels of risk.

One of the first Airmen to beta test the MCA training program was Master Sgt. Reynaldo Guevarra, Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) craftsman of the 725th AMS. His daily duty is to maintain and repair generators, air conditioners, hydraulic pressurization units, nitrogen carts, turbine compressors and various types of equipment used to perform aircraft maintenance for all transient aircraft of the Ministry of Defense traveling through NAVSTA Rota.
During MCA training, Guevarra learned and performed basic aircraft maintenance tasks, including aircraft triage, aircraft fueling, and aircraft tire serviceability inspections.

“Learning aircraft maintenance tasks helped me grow as a maintainer and as a [non-commissioned officer].” Guevarra added, “I now have the skills and dual qualifications not only to serve in my normal duties, but also to augment aircraft generation.”

As a result of the training, Guevarra better understands the impacts of other Air Force specialty codes as they all work toward the common goal of “putting birds in the air.”

Another beta test intern was Senior Airman Howard Johnson, a crew chief for the 725th AMS. His normal duties are to maintain the C-17 Globemaster III. This includes performing scheduled and unscheduled aircraft maintenance, troubleshooting the aircraft system, and servicing and inspecting AMC aircraft transiting the European and African theaters.

During training, he learned standard AGE duties from the Technical Sergeant. William Zelaya, 725th AMS AGE training officer. Johnson also performed service inspections on aircraft external power carts and flight line dispatching of various AGE equipment.
Asked about the impact of the training, Johnson echoed Gueverra’s sentiment that he also better understands the tasks of other maintenance career areas and how they affect each other.
Johnson added that “this training will allow the squadron to quickly fill in the gaps knowing the job will be handled properly.”

The squadron program was started by Tech. sergeant. Ozzie Slawnikowski, 725th AMS aircrew chief NCO in charge. As lead developer of the program, Slawnikowski has partnered with Zelaya to equip members with the expertise needed to perform tasks in Europe, Central Africa and Africa areas of responsibility.

“I encourage my troops to ‘do great things,'” exclaimed Slawnikowski. “My hopes are to inspire other Airmen to step up and not be afraid to step out of their comfort zone.”

An important part of the early development of any new initiative is two-way feedback. Slawnikowski and Zelaya commented on the positive feedback and enthusiasm from the interns.
Going forward, the two are ready to take the training again and tailor it to the needs of each trainee in order to fine-tune the program to use members’ time effectively.

Over the following months, MCA trainees will be embedded within the Aircraft Maintenance Unit and AGE flight for several days to hone their skills.

“It was great to see Guevarra smile after launching his first jet knowing that he directly generated this mission,” Slawnikowski shared as he reflected on the first week. “I am proud to create a sustainable program that connects our Airmen to efforts at the Department of the Air Force. This training gives them a chance to get out of their normal daily duties and see another side of operations,”
An MCA is essential to enable ACE, which is a proactive and reactive operational maneuver scheme designed to meet the challenges of projecting combat power across the globe with a significantly reduced global footprint, increased risk of technological advancements contradictions and fiscal and political constraints.

“Training versatile Airmen maximizes the potential of our members and teams,” said Lt. Col. Michael Slaughter, 725th AMS commander. “It is essential that the Airmen of the 725th Air Mobility Squadron be ready to perform certain tasks that make our unit more agile and versatile for the needs of the mission.”

The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is a unit of Air Mobility Command. The wing nodes span 19 sites to provide aircraft maintenance, air port operations, command and control, expeditionary aircrew support and aeromedical evacuation to provide rapid global mobility for three areas of responsibility abroad.

Date taken: 02.09.2022
Date posted: 25.03.2022 09:08
Story ID: 417158

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