Deputy Operations Group Commander for Maintenance -- DOGM "Bandaid or Solution?"
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL
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There is considerable debate across the Air Force on the best way to functionally organize flight line aircraft maintenance. The latest organizational iteration has placed a lieutenant colonel aircraft maintainer in the Operations Group as the Deputy Operations Group Commander for Maintenance DOGM. The purpose of this research is to determine the unit base level satisfaction with the DOGM concept and to capture suggestions from the field to improve the DOGMs effectiveness. With no formal research on this new duty position, the primary instrument for data collection was a survey drafted by the research author and sent to senior operations and maintenance leaders at fourteen bases in Air Combat Command, United States Air Forces in Europe, and Air Education and Training Command. Satisfaction results showed an overall rating just above neutral as measured using a five-point Likert scale. Survey comments indicated a perceived lack of clearly defined responsibilities in the maintenance instructions and insufficient authority vested in the position were the most important factors detracting from DOGM effectiveness. There were a number of recommendations from survey respondents aimed at improving the positions effectiveness. Some were as simple as including DOGM responsibilities in 21-101 maintenance series instructions. Other suggestions involved significant structural changes to the objective wing organization to increase the formal authority of the DOGM. The paper concludes with some general recommendations based on survey results.
- Military Aircraft Operations