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March 1, 2012
Air Force Improvement
THE Ground Support Equipment
(GSE) section at 6SQN, RAAF Base
Amberley, has taken up the challenge
of the Air Combat Reform Program
and has had some big wins.
One of the key objectives of the Air
Combat Reform Program is to embed
a culture of continuous improvement.
CO 6SQN WGCDR Terence Deeth
is a strong supporter of continuous
improvement and sees it as fundamen-
tal to making 6SQN effective and effi-
cient in its delivery of air power. He
also encourages his staff to look at
ways to improve their individual sec-
The Senior Non-Commissioned
Officer-in-Charge of GSE, SGT Boyd
McMahon, initiated a continuous
improvement activity in his section.
Assisted by the Air Force
Improvement (AFI) team at Amberley
and the Air Combat Reform Program
Management Office, SGT McMahon
and his team set about improving their
workshop layout and work processes.
They relocated their stores area
from upstairs to the workshop floor,
reducing the distance and time taken to
They also established dedicated
receipt and dispatch areas for service-
able and unserviceable GSE items and
returned more than $20,000 worth of
surplus stock to the supply system.
SGT McMahon said the project
resulted in a very good outcome for the
workshop. "It gave us the opportunity
to address many issues that definitely
required attention but were constant-
ly being deferred due to daily work
requirements," he said.
"We now have a much better layout
in several areas of our workshop, bet-
ter processes and are better equipped
to support 82WG operations.
"It was amazing to see just how
much stuff went back into the supply
system or for disposal."
SGT McMahon said the AFI con-
cept was not going away and would
become a part of daily Air Force life.
"Our experience showed me that
it is not something to be concerned
about. AFI gives you the tools and
techniques required to achieve the
goals for your work area," he said.
"If you have a continuous improve-
ment idea, run it by your CO and if it
is good enough, you will get the sup-
port you need."
WGCDR Deeth said while there
was more to do before the GSE project
was completely finished, the team had
stirred the continuous improvement pot
in the squadron.
"As a result, the whole unit is look-
ing at ways to do things better and the
list of potential projects is growing
fast," he said.
"We are working with the Air
Combat Reform Program Management
Office to set up our next project."
BEST FEET FORWARD: From left, SQNLDR Garry McKee, SGT Boyd
McMahon and WGCDR Terence Deeth at the 6SQN GSE section where
workshop layout and work processes have been improved under the Air
Combat Reform Program.
Photo: LACW Jessica Smith
AS PART of its commitment to
the Strategic Reform Program
and in an effort to reduce its
carbon footprint, Air Force is
about to conduct a 12-month fuel
management trial with its fleet of
This is one of the projects
through which Air Force intends
to reduce its petroleum, oils
and lubricants budget across its
entire fleet by about $150 million
over the remainder of the decade.
Experts from Rolls Royce will
assist with the trial, which will
record how the C-130Js' engines
consume fuel during different
stages of flight and when under-
taking different tasks, so that Air
Force can identify potential areas
to reduce fuel costs.
The aim is that at the end
of the 12 months, Air Force
will have an accurate record
of the fuel consumption of the
During the trial, the Rolls
Royce experts will also advise Air
Force crews on ways to reduce
consumption, so that in the
future Air Force will be able to
carry out its operations and train-
ing in a more fuel-efficient way.
Following the trial, Rolls
Royce will provide suggestions
on how Air Force can manage
fuel costs associated with the
C-130J Hercules fleet.
It is expected that this infor-
mation will also be applied to the
Fuel trial for
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