01 Aug 2019

US Air Force prepares F-35 equipment in Vermont

Air Force personnel have prepared F-35 equipment in Vermont ahead of the Lightning II Mission.

Airmen and women across the 158th Fighter Wing gathered at the 158th Logistics Readiness Squadron traffic management office to unpack and prepare F-35 equipment. The induction phase is being assisted by visiting staff from Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, and Pratt & Whitney Aerospace Company.

Air Force personnel have uncrated equipment, parts, and other components which were then accounted for in a new multipurpose Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). The ALIS system is unique to f-35 aircraft and tracks tasks including maintenance, supply orders, tool accountability and inventory.

Master Sgt. James Flinchbaugh, 158th FW traffic management office superintendent said: “The team has been doing very well. Obviously, it’s a whole new system and until this week we have never seen ALIS, much less used it. So, we’re getting hands-on training as we’re inducting the parts, and we have a great support team.”

Tony Smith, a member of the F-35 Global Sustainment Operations Supportability Group said: “We provide a sustainment service to assist the servicemember in making sure they have everything they need. The difference I’ve noticed in working with the (Vermont Airmen) is they have been very proactive in this process!”

Most of the induction was completed earlier this month following a divesting process when F-16 parts were shipped off-station and preparation was done for the arrival of the new parts. The speed of delivery for the new parts means that work is expected to finish ahead of schedule.

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