Day one of the Combat Air Forces Maintenance Supervision and Production Course (CAF MSPC) began Oct. 22, 2019, at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School (EOS) in the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.
This eight-day course is specifically designed to prepare future maintenance production superintendents and section chiefs who work with fighter aircraft and equipment, to run an aircraft maintenance unit (AMU) or supporting agency with Airmen in various career fields.
“What’s really nice about this course, is that it’s the first time an advanced course has been offered for current and future maintenance supervisors across the CAF,” said Master Sgt. Maria Carlson, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron CAF MSPC instructor.
EOS instructors gathered surveys from a variety of ongoing courses to create CAF MSPC.
“Through student and instructor feedback, we were able to create a course tailored to meet the needs of maintenance personnel who work on fighter aircraft,” said Master Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, 423rd MTS CAF MSPC instructor. “Prior to the creation of the CAF MSPC, select few CAF students were taught the Mobility Air Forces (MAF) MSPC curriculum and gave feedback that it would be a good course to start up specifically for combat maintenance personnel.”
The lessons are created to show particular requirements and capabilities that fighter major commands bring to accomplishing the Air Force mission.
“The mission sets between fighter aircraft and mobility aircraft are significantly different,” said Senior Master Sgt. Martin Noel, 423rd MTS CAF MSPC director. “We have a specific lesson geared towards generation of aircraft for a combat environment, whether it’s for a Global Response Force mission, or a normal AEF [air expeditionary force] tasking.”
CAF MSPC is designed to prepare the students for their supervisory roles in maintenance where they are in charge of tasks they haven’t been formally trained in.
“This course is more than just a production superintendent course,” said Noel. “The students will learn how to manage a flight and lead a section. We show them which AFIs [Air Force Instructions] they need to worry about, personnel scheduling and manpower.”
The course is open to technical sergeants and master sergeants in Air Combat Command, Pacific Air Forces, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, Air Force Reserve Command, and the Air National Guard.