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4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Members of Team Seymour gather for the 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron activation ceremony Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The new squadron was activated in order to divide more than 1,000 Airmen and four aircraft maintenance units that were previously assigned to the 4th AMXS. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Airmen assigned to the newly activated 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron stand at the position of attention as part of the squadron’s activation ceremony Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The 704th AMXS will oversee two aircraft maintenance units previously assigned to the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Demond Mcghee)

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Col. Leah Fry (left), 4th Maintenance Group commander, and Lt. Col. Matthew Apriceno (right), 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, unfurl the guidon as part of the squadron’s activation ceremony Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The 704th will command the 333rd and 334th Aircraft Maintenance Units, while generating F-15Es to meet the Formal Training Unit syllabus requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Col. Leah Fry (left), 4th Maintenance Group commander, passes the 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron guidon to Lt. Col. Matthew Apriceno (right), 704th AMXS commander, as part of the squadron’s activation ceremony Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The squadron was activated to help balance the different mission sets the 4th AMXS previously oversaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Col. Leah Fry (left), 4th Maintenance Group commander, celebrates after the official activation of the 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The new squadron will be responsible for nearly half the group’s personnel and aircraft while executing the Formal Training Unit mission the 4th AMXS previously oversaw. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Demond Mcghee)

4th MXG activates new maintenance squadron

Lt. Col. Matthew Apriceno, 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, delivers his first salute to the 704th AMXS as part of the squadron’s activation ceremony Dec. 7, 2018, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina. The activation of the new squadron allows for both the 704th and the 4th AMXS to better focus on the Airmen assigned to each as well as their respective missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob B. Derry)

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --

The 4th Maintenance Group activated a new maintenance squadron Dec. 7 to help better balance the mission requirements of both operational and training units.

 

The 704th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron will house the 333rd and 334th Aircraft Maintenance Units, which previously fell under the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

 

“Previous to our activation, the 4th AMXS consisted of more than 1,000 Airmen working in four AMUs,” said Lt. Col. Matthew Apriceno, the new 704th AMXS commander. “They were responsible for the maintenance production of 94 F-15Es while balancing two distinct mission sets: operational and training.”

 

The 704th AMXS will oversee the training mission set, generating F-15Es to meet Formal Training Unit requirements, Apriceno said.

 

“FTU sorties are tied to very specific syllabus requirements, which drive overall effectiveness,” Apriceno said. “By continuing to build our operations-maintenance relationship, we will capitalize on the predictability of the syllabus phases to allocate manning expertise to systems we know will be required for effectiveness. This cross flow of education between ops and maintenance will ultimately improve the capabilities and effectiveness of both organizations as we work toward the common goal of providing the Air Force with highly-trained F-15E aircrew.” 

 

The transition of the AMUs also allows for better quality leadership and for each squadron to better focus on their mission, added Col. Leah Fry, 4th Maintenance Group commander.

 

“The former 4th AMXS was enormous,” said Fry. “While many talented commanders have led it with distinction, it’s simply too big to allow commanders time to really get to the heart of caring for people. This split assigns approximately 400 people and 44 jets to the new 704th AMXS and provides a structure where commanders can get focused on their mission sets, care for their people and provide world-class aircraft for aircrew training and warfighting.”

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