Moving the wing
By Senior Airman Whitney Stanfield, 4th Fighter Wing
/ Published September 29, 2011
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. --
Moving equipment from place to place keeps the 4th Fighter Wing mission ready, the 4th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight keeps the base moving.
"We touch every mission on this base, we support the wing's mission," said Master Sgt. Charles Self, 4 LRS vehicle management foreman.
The 4 LRS vehicle management facility maintains 550 government vehicles on-base including all of the 4th Civil Engineer Squadron's equipment. If a vehicle or piece equipment breaks down on location, mobile maintenance will arrive. Mobile maintenance is on call 24/7 and provides an in-field diagnostic and if a problem cannot be fixed on-site the vehicle or piece of equipment is towed to the vehicle management shop.
"I love it [my job]," said Master Sgt. Marty Stanton, 4 LRS vehicle management superintendent.
Vehicle management is broken down into five sections: vehicle maintenance and analysis, mechanic shop, customer service element, fire truck maintenance and refueling maintenance. The vehicle maintenance and analysis section handles paperwork, the mechanical shop makes repairs on vehicles, customer service is the first element notified about vehicle issues and refueling maintenance works on the chassis of a refueling truck. No issue is too small to be reported, as the smallest thing ignored today can lead to an even bigger problem in the future.
"Most people fail to notice that the vehicles are paid by our tax dollars so we need to take care of them," said Self. "With the budget cuts our vehicles need to last longer."
Along with new vehicles come new manuals and technical orders. Each manual must be read and fully understood before Airmen can work on the new vehicle. While the new manuals may take longer to learn, the technicians follow all technical orders to ensure proper maintenance of all vehicles.
"We work a little longer then what we used to due to how advanced these newer vehicles are, we have to learn all the manuals before working on vehicles or equipment to ensure proper maintenance," said Stanton.
The 4 LRS vehicle management Airmen are ready to work at any given time. For any further information call 919-722-1225.