Maintainers to McConnell for Maintenance Training Summit

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  • By Master Sgt. Thomas Johnson
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing
The Pease Program Integration Office is preparing airmen for the arrival of the new refueler, the KC-46A Pegasus.

The fifth KC-46A Pegasus Maintenance Training Summit was held at McConnell Air Force Base last week to establish future training timelines for the KC-46A enterprise, focusing on the aircraft maintainers who will be working directly with the aircraft. Members of Pease Air National Guard Base, McConnell AFB, Altus AFB, Tinker AFB, the Air Education and Training Command, Air Mobility Command, the Special Programs Office and the National Guard Bureau attended the summit.

Master Sgt. Steven M. Warren, A maintainer assigned to the 157th KC-46A PIO, Tech. Sgt. Benjamin S. Wells, the PIO active duty liaison assigned to the 64th Air Refueling Squadron, Chief Master SGT. Erica K. Rhea, squadron chief enlisted manager of the 64th ARS, and Master Sgt. Phil I. Carter, the 157th Maintenance Group training manager, represented the maintainers from Pease. 

Joining the key players together in one place proved essential to establishing the training regimen.  
 “The summit allowed us to give the Pease perspective as it relates to the timeline of the KC-46A, to voice concerns Pease has with the future maintenance training,” said Wells. “These needs included establishing a timeline for the KC-46 maintainers to receive the training needed to help bed down and integrate the new aircraft.”

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