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317th AG maintenance units recognized as AMC’s best

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  • By Airman 1st Class Charles V. Rivezzo
  • 7th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
Air Mobility Command recently recognized the 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and 317th Maintenance Squadron with the 2012 AMC Maintenance Effectiveness Award in the medium and small aircraft maintenance squadron category.

The AMC Maintenance Effectiveness Award, the command's premier maintenance award, is presented annually to recognize the most outstanding maintenance units based on unit mission accomplishments, effective use of maintenance resources, innovative management accomplishments and quality of life programs during the past fiscal year.

"Our maintainers are simply the best," said Col. Walter H. Ward, 317th Airlift Group commander. "They do more than fix airplanes, they are winners. They've conquered the toughest challenges of conversion to the C-130J while still deploying and scored the highest LCAP in AMC history. I ask them for maintenance miracles and they deliver. They haven't seen a day when their best effort wasn't left on the flightline. That's why AMC recognized them, that's why I love them."

According to the 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron's award citation, the 317th AMXS generated 8,705 sorties and 14,544 flying hours, while delivering a command-best 84 percent mission capability rate in direct support of combat operations, joint exercises and local training.

Additionally, the squadron's near-perfect performance on the 2012 AMC LCAP inspection propelled the 317th AG to the command's first "Outstanding" rating and secured the group's "Excellent" rating during AMC's 2012 Consolidated Unit Inspection.

According to the 317th Maintenance Squadron's award citation, the squadron contributed to the success of the 317th AG's global reach mission by providing unsurpassed fuel cell, isochronal inspection and engine support through 17 major aircraft inspections and 82,806 maintenance actions.

Furthermore, their efforts supported combat operations, joint exercises and local training operations through the generation of 8,705 sorties and 14,330 flying hours, which directly supported operations Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa. The squadron's commitment to excellence guaranteed the continued success of daily operations as the group transitioned from the C-130H to the C-130J airframe maintaining an above average 83 percent mission capability rate.

The 317th AMXS and MXS will now go on to compete at the Air Force level.