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Pease hosts fifth KC-46 SATAF

Military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise hold a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference, Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise hold a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference, Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Air Field Equipment specialists from McGuire Air Force Base and Seymour Johnston Air Force Base tour a KC-46A during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, 2020, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Air Field Equipment specialists from McGuire Air Force Base and Seymour Johnston Air Force Base tour a KC-46A during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, 2020, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Master Sgt. Michael Kellerman, a hydraulics mechanic with the 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, discusses the KC-46A centerline drogue system with Col. Glenn Stephens and Col. Byron Newell, Air National Guard advisors to Air Mobility Command, during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Master Sgt. Michael Kellerman, a hydraulics mechanic with the 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, discusses the KC-46A centerline drogue system with Col. Glenn Stephens and Col. Byron Newell, Air National Guard advisors to Air Mobility Command, during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Airmen from McGuire Air Force Base, Seymour Johnson AFB and the National Guard Bureau tour a KC-46 during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Airmen from McGuire Air Force Base, Seymour Johnson AFB and the National Guard Bureau tour a KC-46 during a KC-46A Site Activation Task Force conference held Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H. The KC-46A SATAF is composed of military and civilian aviation experts from across the mobility enterprise focused on addressing current issues to successfully field the KC-46A. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. --

Military and civilian aerospace aviation experts gathered for the 157th Air Refueling Wing’s fifth KC-46A Site Activation Task Force held Oct. 20-22, at Pease Air National Guard Base, N.H.

The SATAF allows mobility enterprise experts to collectively identify, address and exchange resolution ideas regarding current issues related to a major weapons system conversion.

“The biggest thing during a SATAF is getting the different people into the same room that are going to have the biggest effect on making everything correct for your unit,” said Maj. Ross Fellenz, National Guard Bureau team lead. “This is to get your unit up as soon as possible so that your [Airmen] are ready to do the mission as soon as you’re called upon.”

In attendance were representatives from Air Mobility Command, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Command, current and future main operating base program implementation offices, end-users and subject matter experts. Attendees participated in person and virtually.

“We were excited to have such a high level of participation for SATAF,” said Col. Jeff Cole, 157th ARW Program Integration Office director. “The relations we are able to form through events like these are critical to the success of this next generation aircraft.”

The 157th ARW was the first Air National Guard unit selected to field the KC-46 concurrently with the active duty Air Force.

The 157th ARW received its first KC-46A, Aug. 8, 2019.

“Since the 2019 SATAF and the acceptance of our first aircraft, we have done great things and resolved many issues across the enterprise,” said Col. John Pogorek, 157th ARW commander. “Everyone’s engagement is critical to achieving the goals of our enterprise and the future of the mobility enterprise across the Total Force.”

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