Pease hosts fifth KC-46 SATAF

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau

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.”