Senior Airman Kyle Shutt, 31st Maintenance Operations Squadron lead crew member, inspects and AIM-9X missile March 2. The 31st MXS is part of the 31st Maintenance Group which is comprised of four squadrons and more than 1,300 Airmen and civilians. During fiscal year 2010 the group generated 8,295 sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Katherine Windish)
Airman 1st Class Christopher Burkhart, 31st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief, releases air from the F-16 pressure system Feb. 28. The 31st MXS is part of the 31st Maintenance Group which is comprised of four squadrons and more than 1,300 Airmen and civilians. During fiscal year 2010 the group generated 8,295 sorties. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Julius Delos Reyes)
by 2nd Lt. Joseph Alonso
31st Fighter Wing Public Affairs
8/10/2011 - AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy -- The 31st Maintenance Group was announced as a Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Award recipient August 9. The award is one of six presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in weapon system and military equipment maintenance.
The 31st MXG competed against units across the Department of Defense in the 'large' category based on its accomplishments in effective use of maintenance resources, innovative management, personnel quality of life and mission accomplishments.
"This award recognizes the tremendous amount of time and effort our maintenance professionals have dedicated to this wing," said Brig. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 31st Fighter Wing commander. "They were faced with seven large deployments and eight major inspections during this timeframe and they never faltered from their commitment to this organization and to their willingness to do whatever it takes to ensure the success of this group and the wing."
The deployments the 31st MXG were tasked with consisted of 16 aircraft or more with an average of 215 maintenance Airmen deploying each time. In fiscal year 2010, 31st MXG Airmen generated 8,295 total sorties and 18,674.2 total hours from Aviano AB and seven deployed locations around the world.
"The professional leadership and dedication to the mission by our Airmen is evident with the accomplishments the group has made over the past year," said Col. Fredrick Plaumann, 31st Maintenance Group commander, "and I am very proud of their service."
Back on the home front, a surge operation made Aviano Air Base history with a record-breaking 398 sorties in four days. During the operation, the group performed 8,000 maintenance actions, serviced 272 aircraft with 218,000 gallons of fuel and ensured safety and reliability measures -- earning the unit a 93.8 percent quality assurance pass rate.
The awards will be presented at the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards banquet on Nov. 16, 2011, during the 2011 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
Additional information about the award can be found at http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=14721. Additional information regarding the 2011 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition can be found at http://www.sae.org/dod.