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SUMMER 2019

 

Brigadier General Canlas and Chief Master Sergeant Pelletier Discuss the Future of the 618th Air Operations Center

By MS. BRITTANY OLSON, Staff Writer

The mission and vision of the 618th Air Operations Center (AOC), also known as the Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) located at Scott AFB, IL is to plan, task, execute, and assess ...

From Your Friendly Neighborhood Air Traffic Controller

By MR. TIMOTHY GRAVELLE,
HQ AMC Airfield Operations

I recently received a phone call from a tanker pilot raising a concern over Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearances into Air Traffic Control Assigned Airspace (ATCAA). The issue arose when ATC, while clearing the tanker ...

ASAP | LOSA | MFOQA | CRM/TEM

Just Culture – Making ASAPs Useful and Effective

By MR. TIM GROSZ, Chief Ops RAMS

The concept behind every proactive safety program is a Just Culture. AFI 91-202 says: “In a Just Culture, the immediate response by personnel who become aware of a hazard should be to find ‘what happened and why’ versus ‘who to blame and punish.’” ...

CRITICAL DAYS OF SUMMER 2019: Take 3!

By SMSGT CLINTON HAMMONS, HQ AMC Occupational Safety

Air Mobility Command’s Critical Days of Summer (CDS) campaign began on Memorial Day weekend and will continue through Labor Day weekend. Past trends show that summer months are often the most deadly. It is not the months themselves that are more deadly, but many Airmen choose to ...

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Ensures Aircrews “Fly with Confidence”

By MS. BRITTANY OLSON, Staff Writer

NGA Aero is the leading provider of aeronautical data for the DoD. The agency directly supports DoD national security objectives and assists military pilots as they navigate from point A to point B. It is one of five internationally certified data providers in the ...

What is a Flight Manager?

By MS. JENNIFER YATES, 618 AOC Chief of Safety, and MS. KIM KNIGHT, Staff Writer

If you are an AMC aircrew member, you have most likely had some interaction with the 618th Air Operations Center (AOC) and thereby a flight manager. Flight managers (FMs) reside under the Command and Control Directorate within the 618 AOC and provide dispatch-like services ...

What Role Does the 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office Play
at Joint Base Charleston, SC?

By MR. CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON,
628 ABW Director of Safety

What is Joint Base Charleston, what is its mission, and what role does the 628th Air Base Wing Safety Office (628 ABW/SE) play on the installation? These are a few of the many questions I asked myself eight years ago ...

All for a Wheelie

By MS. RUTH ANN REPLOGLE, Staff Writer

Funny how we will do things to impress other people, even at the risk of our own health.

A guy I know was attempting to do wheelies on his dirt bike—a Kawasaki KDX 220—for weeks, and every time he tried, he fell off the back of the bike and strained his left knee. Mind you, after a skiing accident three years earlier, he had his ACL replaced in the same knee ...

Innovative Ideas Shine at First-Ever AMC Phoenix Spark Tank Competition

By MS. TATYANA WHITE-JENKINS,
Staff Writer

When TSgt Eric Holton of the 6th Air Mobility Wing competed in the Phoenix Spark Tank competition, he decided to tackle a common problem faced by Aerospace Propulsion technicians.

Along with three other finalists, Holton presented his idea ...

Teaching Emotional Intelligence for Successful Airmen

By MS. ARYN KITCHELL, Staff Writer

For many years, people thought the most important factor in determining someone’s success in the workplace was their intelligence quotient (IQ), or their level of intelligence. However, research shows that those with average IQs outperform those …

Suffering from Gethomeitis?

By MS. RUTH ANN REPLOGLE, Staff Writer

I bet you have suffered from gethomeitis at one point or another.

Not sure what I am talking about? Consider this scenario: You have been cross-country, TDY, or deployed and you are en route home. All you can think about is how good it will feel to ...

Fireworks Mishaps: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

 By MS. BRITTANY OLSON, Staff Writer

“I never would have imagined that I would be rushed off to the hospital, be injected with morphine, wondering if I would ever be able to use my hands again,” explained SSgt Aaron Youngblood, 6th Medical Group NCO ...

3 Ways to Combat Dehydration and Fatigue in Flight

By MS. RUTH ANN REPLOGLE, Staff Writer

When we think about humidity, we usually associate it with dehydration due to high temperatures, but high altitudes and low humidity can dehydrate you, too.

Cabin-relative humidity is approximately one-third of one percent and the outside maximum absolute humidity of ...

 

A Vision for Our Airmen: A Discussion With General Maryanne Miller

Recently, The Mobility Forum had the privilege of sitting down with General Maryanne Miller, Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC), to get her thoughts on the future direction of the command.

Q: What is your Vision and Mission for AMC and how will they shape the future of the command, the Air Force, and our country’s ...

AMC’S CORE
MISSION SETS

MISSION 
Rapid Global Mobility…

Right Effects, Right Place,

Right Time!

VISION

Air Mobility Warriors

Projecting Decisive Strength

Across Contested Domains and

Delivering Hope … Always.

 

Caution: Student Driver

By LT COL WALTER BORJA,
HQ AMC Flight Safety

There is a lot to be said for experience as it relates to flying that can be summed up when answering one simple question: Who do you want flying you and your family around? I am sure no one answered that they wanted a 24-year-old who just finished college two years ago …

The Blue Line: Remembering a Fallen Airman

By USAF RESERVE CAPT ANDRE BOWSER, 439th Mission Support Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base

In Air Force Officer Training School (OTS), you are called an OT for Officer Trainee. Although he was OT G. back then to me, he would one day move up to become Capt G. He was a technical sergeant in the active duty Air Force before ...

OFFROAD ADVENTURE

Hit the Trails, but Know Before You Go

 By MS. LISHA DUNLAP, Staff Writer

We are an outdoorsy family, so we look for fun and adventure throughout the summer, with excuses to stay outside until the sun sets. As much as we enjoy hiking, swimming, and all the other traditional summer activities, we also enjoy a little something extra ...

OFFUTT OVERRUN: How Airmen and Civilians Came Together to Save the Base

By MR. MATT LIPTAK, Staff Writer

The Air Force was not spared much of Mother Nature’s flood-fury during the March natural disaster that impacted the Midwest. Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska, began battling its flooding deluge on March 15 when water began creeping on to …

A Stranger’s House: Airbnb and VRBO Safety

 By MS. LISHA DUNLAP, Staff Writer

Vacations are expensive. So when planning a trip, it makes perfect sense to explore non-traditional options to save money. One of the recent, more popular ways to save a little cash is to skip the hotel reservation, and rent a room or a house at your vacation destination ...

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QUICKSTOPPERS

Tips for Aviation Mishap Investigators

By MR. KEVIN SLUSS, CSP,
HQ AMC Flight Safety

If you find yourself appointed to the wing Flight Safety Office and have been tasked to investigate a mishap, be aware of these available resources to ensure a successful report. For aviation mishaps ...

A DAY IN THE LIFE

Capt Susan Jennie, a C-17 Globemaster III pilot, delivers humanitarian aid from Homestead ARB, FL, to Cucuta, Colombia. The role of the U.S. military during this peaceful mission is to transport urgently needed aid to Colombia for eventual distribution by relief organizations ...