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    The culture of maintenance movement

    The culture of maintenance movement

    Photo By 94th Airlift Wing | A group of eight Airmen with the 901st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance...... read more read more



    Story by Senior Airman Miranda Mahoney 

    1st Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

    “You have way more power than you can imagine to affect positive change, if you choose to, regardless of what rank you are or how long you have been in an organization, so choose to make a difference.”

    Michael Grub, the U.S. Air Force Special Operations School dean of academics, set the tone of the week ahead for eight Airmen with the 901st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

    The Air Commandos gathered in an empty classroom at the Airman and Family Readiness Center, Sept. 20-24, 2021. With rank stripped from their chests, they began discussing the hardships they face within their unit. Instructors from USAFSOS and the AFRC facilitated the conversation and encouraged them to provide solutions to their problems.

    Kenny Cobb, Joint Special Operations University academic chair, taught them how to take what they were describing and turn it into something visual and easy to understand.

    “We all kind of brought what we saw to the table, and then the instructors guided us to piece it together,” said U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Gregory Jones, a 901st SOAMXS hydraulics craftsman. “We found a way to herd everything into one metaphor.”

    The team began drawing, expanding on their original idea.

    “They turned their presentation into a video to play for their leadership and answered questions after,” said Cobb. “Their leadership was to take what they had given them and turn it into something concrete. If that’s not an indicator that what they did was of value and would affect the culture, I don’t know what would be.”

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Murray, a 901st SOAMXS aerospace maintenance craftsman, said he has already seen a difference in the squadron. He explained that higher level leadership is more involved. They are defending their Airmen and letting them know they are always available to talk.

    Murray also said U.S. Air Force Maj. Alexander Pagano, the 901st SOAMXS commander, plans to create more groups dedicated to improving the culture of maintenance.

    “I am filled with pride to be a part of this because I want to make the lives of the people I’m around just a little bit better, and now I am able to do that on a much bigger scale,” said Murray. “It makes me really excited about where maintenance is going in the future.”



    Date Taken: 11.05.2021
    Date Posted: 11.10.2021 09:34
    Story ID: 408782
    Location: HURLBURT FIELD, FL, US 

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