The Mobility Forum Stories

Lt Gen Mike Minihan

AMC Set to Greet New Commander This Fall

By Staff Writer

In July 2021, Lt Gen Mike Minihan was nominated and confirmed for promotion to general and assignment as the Commander of Air Mobility Command (AMC). He is set to succeed Gen Jacqueline Van Ovost, who has been nominated to serve as Commander of the United States Transportation Command.

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Col Charlie M. Velino

AMC Safety Welcomes New Director

By Staff Writer

The Air Mobility Command Safety Directorate recently welcomed Col Charlie M. Velino as the new Director. Velino entered the Air Force through Officer Training School in March of 1995 and, following Basic Computer Officer School, was assigned duties in systems management and software engineering. In 1998, he was selected to attend pilot training and completed Undergraduate Pilot Training in April of 1999.

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Col Brandon Hileman

So Long, Fellow Mobility Airmen

By COL BRANDON HILEMAN

It has certainly been my honor and privilege to serve with such a phenomenal safety team the past few years. Fortified by outstanding leadership support and advocacy as well as the incredible efforts of safety professionals across the enterprise, the command has achieved a fantastic safety record and received numerous accolades in recognition of its accomplishments. AMC earned the Major General Benjamin D. Foulois Award for best flight safety program three out of the past four years and garnered the Secretary of the Air Force Safety Award for the best program in the Air Force an unprecedented three years in a row! These awards pale in comparison to the amazing mission mobility Airmen safely accomplish every day across the globe. Our business, however, requires steadfast focus on managing risk effectively and making sound decisions every single time.

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AIR MOBILITY COMMAND WELL DONE AWARD

AIR MOBILITY COMMAND WELL DONE AWARD

By Staff Writer

On April 9, 2021, as a C 17 taxied into its parking spot, a fire erupted in the left wheel well area. Fortunately for the crew onboard, SrA Rigel Lockett and A1C Augustine Williams from the 437th Airlift Wing, Joint Base Charleston, SC, noticed the fire, quickly retrieved a flightline fire extinguisher, and attempted to extinguish the fire. The duo thought it had been fully extinguished, but the fire, fed by hydraulic fluid, reignited. Determined to not let the blaze get out of control, Lockett and Williams then retrieved a second extinguisher and continued to fight the fire until the fire department arrived minutes later. Thanks to the actions of Lockett and Williams, the crew onboard egressed safely, and it is likely their efforts saved the aircraft from being a total loss.

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MSgt Danielle Barnette

The Flight Safety NCO: Your Safety Liaison

By MR. LALO MAYNES, HQ AMC FLIGHT SAFETY

Your wing FSNCO is a maintainer, usually from your wing, selected because of his or her knowledge and expertise with AFI 21-101, Aircraft and Equipment Maintenance Management, and the organizational structure of the maintenance complex. The FSNCO is assigned to the Flight Safety Division of the Wing Safety office, typically for two or three years. After completing the Aircraft Mishap Investigation Course and Aviation Safety Program Management course, the newly trained FSNCO will soon become key to continuity within the Flight Safety (SEF) office. He or she reports to, and works with, the Flight Safety Officers, who report to the Chief of Safety for the wing. In addition to conducting aviation mishap investigations, the FSNCO is an invaluable asset to each wing through historical mishap data and analytics, customized training and briefings, robust inspections, safety program oversight, proactive safety advocacy, and expeditionary capabilities for global impact.

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C-130 Hercules

Air Minimum Control Speed—The Ever-Present Assassin

By MR. WARREN THOMAS, HQ AMC C-130J MFOQA ANALYST

First, let me state that I am an old C-130 pilot, a biology major—and not an engineer of any kind. I retired from the USAF in 2011, but I am still hanging on to government employment as the senior C-130J Military Flight Operations Quality Assurance Analyst at Headquarters, Air Mobility Command. I was fortunate to fly four models of the C-130 during my USAF flying career. The order of flight was C-130E, C-130H, C-130E, C-130B, C-130E, and C-130J. My favorite aircraft was the B-model, but that is a story for another day.

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305th Aerial Port Squadron load the COVID-19 vaccine onto a Boeing 757

The 618th Air Operations Center and Commercial Augmentation: Strategic Support

By MS. SOFIA SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

The 618th Air Operations Center (AOC), located at Scott Air For

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Stacked blocks with the letters "R" "I" "S" "K" stamped on them.

The Responsibility of Risk

By MSGT STEWART MITCHELL, WEAPONS SAFETY MANAGER, 92 ARW

In the weapons safety world there cannot be enough emphasis on the involvement of responsible commanders. Commanders at all levels may be responsible for some facet of weapons safety, whether it is an Additional Duty Weapons Safety Representative (ADWSR) program or a commander who owns the assets within a quantity distance (QD) arc. The job of the Weapons Safety Manager (WSM) is to understand and apply weapons safety principles to provide accurate guidance to responsible commanders. At the squadron level, the WSM also ensures ADWSRs are able to communicate the details of their own mission-specific requirements to their respective commanders.

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C-17 Globemaster III aircraft

ASAP 16302: High-Speed Approach Miscommunication

By MS. KATHY ALWARD, STAFF WRITER

Recently, C-17 Instructor Pilot Major Evin Negron, Dover Air Force Base, DE, learned things do not always go as planned when requesting a high-speed approach during routine training. No stranger to the Airman Safety Action Program (ASAP), he knew the miscommunication with air traffic control should be documented and shared with fellow aircrews.

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Search-and-recovery operations on 9/24/01.

AMC During 9/11/01: The 20th Anniversary of the Terrorist Attacks

By MR. GARY ELL, STAFF WRITER

On the morning of September 11, 2001, the Secretary of the Air Force, Public Affairs team from New York City (NYC) had arrived at McGuire Air Force Base (AFB) in New Jersey to have their official photos taken. It was an ordinary day, and I looked forward to networking with our friends from NYC. They used our services for fun assignments, such as when an Air Force officer threw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. The very least I could do in return was to provide them with exceptional studio photography for their official photos.

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C-5M Super Galaxy being loaded with COVID-19 supplies

Travis Air Force Base, CA, Airlifts Emergency Medical Supplies to Combat COVID-19 Surge in India

By MR. GARY ELL, STAFF WRITER

Significant progress has been made against COVID-19, but it is still a pandemic. As part of a whole-of-government effort to slow and eventually end the pandemic, the United States sent medical supplies and equipment to India starting on April 28, 2021, as that country battled a devastating outbreak.

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MSgt Lee Bostson tests a new virtual reality system

MOBILITY GUARDIAN 2021: Advancing Air Mobility Command Capabilities to Prepare for the Future Fight

By MS. LAUREN SCHATZ, STAFF WRITER

In its third year, MOBILITY GUARDIAN 2021 successfully marked a pivotal moment in Air Mobility Command (AMC) history. Conducted biennially, MOBILITY GUARDIAN is AMC’s largest and longest enterprise-wide training event. This year, more than 1,800 mobility, combat, and reserve forces, as well as forces from the U.S. Army, were in attendance.

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