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168th Wing Hosts ANG Production Assessment Team

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Julie Avey,
  • 168th Wing Public Affairs

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – The 168th Wing hosted subject matter experts from the Air National Guard Production Assessment Team Feb. 6-10 to identify more efficient and effective production processes.

The PAT’s purpose is to improve practices and offer data-driven discussions to enable ANG units to meet the daily aircraft requirements outlined in the National Defense Strategy and the National Military Strategy documents.

“Our mission is to increase aircraft availability,” said Brig. Gen. Donald K. Carpenter, director of logistics, engineering and force protection. “We chose February intentionally to visit the 168th Wing to understand the nature of the arctic operations.”

Experts throughout the Air National Guard make up the PAT team and take a holistic look at how to improve units.

“Every unit is different and has its own strengths,” said Col. Timothy Martin, principal deputy director of the National Guard Bureau A4. “The goal, in the end, is to improve the overall aircraft availability.”

PAT team members continue to compile best practices that are Air Force instruction driven as they travel to each wing.

The PAT helps with the unit’s goals by assessing fleet health, including maintenance, operations, logistics readiness squadron, and mission support group. The team provides data displaying immediate and long-term success other units have had since working with the PAT team.

“We are here for the launch,” said Carpenter. “More importantly, it is most important to train Airmen for the fight and give them the tools, equipment and training they need to launch the aircraft and survive. As leaders, we own that.”

During the visit, the PAT team immediately improved operations with equipment. The 168th Wing Aerospace Ground Equipment will soon be receiving a new four-wheel-drive Bobtail, increasing operational production times in the snow and ice in the arctic elements.

“To continue the launch, we have to have trained Airmen,” said Carpenter. “It takes a team effort and trained Airmen. What we leave on Earth are our children and the Airmen we have trained. For the launch to continue, those Airmen have to be ready.”

The 168th Wing and the ANG PAT will continue to connect with periodic check-ins to ensure things are trending in the right direction, something Col. Jennifer Casillo, 168th Wing Maintenance Group commander, said she is looking forward to as part of being a team.

“This was the most positive inspection experience in my 26 years in the military,” said Casillo. “I can’t thank the PAT team enough for the useful feedback. The visit was refreshing.”