Challenges to United States Tactical Air Force Aircraft Maintenance Personnel: Past, Present and Future
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSONAFB OH
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This study assessed the challenges Tactical Air Force TAF aircraft maintenance personnel face as a result of the TAF reorganization. The goal was to provide aircraft maintenance managers a basis for evaluating and meeting those challenges. To accomplish this, emphasis was placed on documenting the concepts, events, and conditions which led to changes in military aircraft maintenance from the birth of aviation to the present. Current issues such as the proposed move to two-level maintenance and the formation of the TAF composite and Objective Wings were also addressed. Research was conducted through the review of available historical documents, complemented by current literature and personal interviews. The TAF reorganization results in a more centralized maintenance organization with a generalized workforce. History shows that when faced with comparable conditions--reduced threat and loss of defense dollars, the Air Force took similar action. The on-equipment aircraft maintenance technician will experience the least negative impact from the reorganization. Those most likely to experience the greatest changes are the off-equipment aircraft avionics maintenance technicians. The TAF reorganization also eliminates many of the overhead supervisory positions held by intermediate- level officer and enlisted aircraft maintenance managers.
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