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NEWS | May 1, 2013

437th AMXS shapes Indian air force's future in aviation

By Chief Master Sgt. Robert Scarlett 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

As the Indian air force stands up its own C-17 program, the 437th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was approached by the Air Force Security Assistance Training office at Air Education and Training Command to facilitate C-17 aircraft maintenance observation training. The 437th AMXS is one element of the 437th Maintenance Group's effort to provide Indian Air Force technicians and maintenance leaders their first exposure to the C-17 aircraft maintenance mission.

A cadre of the group's finest technicians from the 437th AMXS, 437th Maintenance Operations Squadron and 437th Maintenance Squadron developed a plan to provide comprehensive seasoning training to IAF technicians following their formal training at the 373 Training Squadron, Detachment 5. This plan matched four-person teams of IAF technicians with 437th MXG personnel, who ensured our allies gained critical experience in all aspects of C-17 maintenance, to include troubleshooting, theory and operational maintenance on all aircraft systems.

Indian air force technicians spent four weeks shadowing 437th Airlift Wing maintainers in areas of maintenance management, flight line supervision, jet engine maintenance, avionics systems, electronic countermeasures, aircraft structures, and general aircraft mechanical tasks. The 437th AMXS technicians included: Tech. Sgt. Marc Disbrow, Tech. Sgt. Matthew Clifford, Tech. Sgt. Lebruceso Curry, Tech. Sgt. Terry Marrow, Tech. Sgt. Kevin Davis, Staff Sgt. Michael Willis, and Senior Airmen Angel McCoy, Jennifer Smith and Mason Green.

Master Sgt. Buddy King coordinated all 437th MXS instructors; his team provided a full week of in-depth observations during the extensive C-17 Home-Station Check inspections and introduced the IAF technicians to several critical off-aircraft maintenance facilities.

Following their initial training and maintenance mission exposure, Indian technicians gained even more training from the 437th MOS's maintenance training flight. Staff Sgts. John Montalvo and Joseph Hammock spent a full day providing in-depth knowledge on flare loading, culminating their full exposure to all critical C-17 systems.

Jessica Lovette, 437th MOS C-17 Maintenance Training chief, said, "This is our first round of IAF maintenance trainees and more are to come throughout this year. As a team, the 437th MXG has successfully carried out a comprehensive vision to prepare them for their C-17 delivery. This endeavor truly represents a joint team effort as we've translated their formal classroom training to exposure to real-world maintenance situations. Our Indian allied technicians are getting the best training and mentoring from the best maintenance personnel and instructors in the Air Force! There is no better place for them to be."