No Airpower without Groundpower

06 December 2013


The Strategic Airlift Capability (SAC) fleet consists not only of three C-17 Globemaster III strategic transportation aircraft, but also of a multitude of vehicles and Material Handling Equipment that is crucial for successful conduct of the strategic airlift mission.

For the second time since the beginning of this year, members of the NATO Airlift Management (NAM) Programme Office (PO) and the Heavy Airlift Wing (HAW), jointly conducted the bi-annual Vehicle and Material Handling Equipment fleet inspection.

The inspection was performed on the 6th of November and focused on identifying and correcting potential future grounding issues of the vehicles and equipment in order to mitigate possible impact on operational missions. The check ensured that the ground equipment meets the readiness standards of the flying fleet and emphasized the importance of properly maintaining, safeguarding and operating critical equipment. Based on the results of the inspections different corrective actions are taken, like establishing a contract for fire extinguishers services, changing lights, charging batteries and replacing broken plastic covers.

The SAC fleet consists of 12 vehicles and 20 Material Handling Equipment items and is still growing. Currently the NAM Procurement Cell started procurement for additional vehicles and material handling equipment, such as a 40-ton K-Loader, a mobile maintenance crane, six forklifts and a new staff car for the HAW Commander.

The high serviceability rates were achieved by great teamwork from all involved, but special thanks and appreciation went to SAC’s Vehicle Management Office, Staff Sargeant Ryan Reese and Warrant Officer George Gligor of the HAW, and Mr Gabor Salla of the NAM Logistics Office. They were crucial in managing and overseeing the vehicle fleet and guaranteeing the required serviceability rates. The successful outcome of this inspection is another example of great cooperation between the HAW and the NAM PO.

With handing over the “Well Done! You Did a Superb Job” recognition certificates the NAM Programme Manager, Mr. Wiek Noldus and the Commander of the HAW, Colonel Frank Rombouts demonstrated their appreciation for the team’s work, engagement and professionalism. “We are confident that with this cooperation in place serviceability is kept at a high level, which is critical to the execution of SAC’s mission, to deliver strategic airlift capability required for national operations of the participating nations, including those in support of NATO, UN and EU commitment.” concluded Mr. Noldus.