TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. —
When he was within the Air Drive Reserve Officer Coaching Corps at Loyola Marymount College, a younger Jeff King by no means dreamed of turning into a significant basic in the USA Air Drive.
“After I was a teenager, I simply needed to fly jets,” mentioned King. When that didn’t pan out, he turned to plane upkeep.
“I noticed I needed to be as near the mission as potential,” he mentioned. “I shortly bonded with the [aircraft maintenance] profession subject and the individuals doing the work. And, frankly, I’ve by no means regarded again.”
Now, he has a entrance row seat to look at the women and men of the Oklahoma Metropolis Air Logistics Advanced “carry out minor miracles every day” that translate into operational success for the Air Drive.
On a latest episode of Tinker Talks, King mentioned his profession, the OC-ALC mission and the greater than 10,500 navy and civilian professionals who do their half to ship fight energy for America.
King describes the OC-ALC workforce as “devoted, disciplined, revolutionary and tenacious.”
“These are just some phrases that come to thoughts once I take into consideration the OC-ALC workforce,” he mentioned. “These individuals know there are little children, moms and dads on the market relying on what we do.”
In reality, the Air Drive is powered by the work executed by the ALC workforce. The advanced performs programmed depot upkeep and modifications on KC-46, KC-135, B-1B, B-52, E-3 and Navy E-6 plane, in addition to upkeep, restore and overhaul for F100, F101, F108, F110, F117, F118, F119, F135 and TF33 engines, and all kinds of commodities for the Air Drive, Navy, Marine Corps and overseas navy gross sales companions.
“I assure the OC-ALC and the affect we’ve on readiness retains our enemies up at night time,” King mentioned. “For us, that’s job one. That is an extremely proud group of People. Whereas it isn’t at all times simple, we’re at all times centered on the mission.”
King took command of the ALC within the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, which has had an affect on the manufacturing.
“COVID has been an unbelievable disrupter,” the final mentioned. “I’m so happy with our individuals and their capability to combat by COVID, regardless of the various challenges we’ve skilled.”
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