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    Airfield management keeps Nellis pilots flying high

    Airfield management keeps Nellis flying high

    Photo By Airman 1st Class Bailee Darbasie | Airman 1st Class Allyson Estrada, 57th Operations Support Squadron airfield management...... read more read more



    Story by Airman 1st Class Bailee Darbasie 

    Nellis AFB Public Affairs

    NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. – Airfield management Airmen assigned to the 57th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) here are required to work faster and harder to keep up with the high rate of sorties carried out on the Nellis flightline.

    The attention to detail and urgency demonstrated by airfield management on a daily basis are what keep Nellis a step above the rest. The main responsibility of the shift leads is ensuring the flightline’s safety through preparation, coordination and communication.

    “Throughout our shifts, we’re constantly assisting pilots coming through Base Operations,” said Senior Airman Alexander Bills, 57th OSS airfield management shift lead. “Pilots wouldn’t be able to fly without a flight plan. They come from all over the world, and we help them prepare by putting their flight plans into the system and giving them the information they need for the mission.”

    Flightline operations are at risk of delays, stops and mishaps without the careful preparation of airfield management shift leads, said Bills.

    “Every task in airfield management has a butterfly effect,” said Senior Airman Sierra Rodwick, 57th OSS airfield management shift lead. “If one thing goes wrong on our end, the whole flightline is affected until we can resolve it.”

    Day-to-day operations for airfield management require constant coordination with numerous agencies across the Nellis flightline.

    “Throughout the day, we’re coordinating with the air traffic control tower, transient alert, the command post and any other necessary flightline agencies,” said Rodwick. “The coordination allows the flightline to have smooth and secure operations.”

    Shift leads must effectively communicate across the base regarding flight plans and statuses, and closing down or opening a runway.

    “The majority of our day is spent communicating to agencies around the flightline to make sure aircraft, vehicles and Airmen are where they need to be when they need to be there,” said Bills. “Communication is the key to preventing accidents and injuries.”

    From tasks as minor as putting flight plans into systems to flightline emergencies, Nellis’ Airfield Management Airmen are on the scene doing what they can to keep the flightline safe and the mission moving forward.

    The Feature Story was originally posted to the Nellis AFB website Nov. 9, 2018, and may be found at https://www.nellis.af.mil/News/Article/1688081/airfield-management-keeps-nellis-flying-high. This story differs from the article originally published Nov. 9, 2018, on the Nellis AFB website in that the word "pilots" was added to the headline for clarity.



    Date Taken: 11.09.2018
    Date Posted: 11.09.2018 18:49
    Story ID: 299489

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