JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. --
The Air Force Global Strike Command Missile Maintenance Supervision and Production Course (AFGSC Missile MSPC) began its very first day of class June 4, 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 course will prepare future production superintendents in the missile maintenance career field to lead a team of 10-70 people in a shop, or a flight of up to 125 people in various missile maintenance career fields.
“Most production superintendents are put into that position without any formal training,” said Senior Master Sgt. Scott Malgieri, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron Missile MSPC instructor. “Our goal is to make this course a requirement for all future maintenance leaders to attend prior to fulfilling the production superintendent role.”
AFGSC Missile MSPC is a Community College of the Air Force accredited seven-day course that will be conducted eight times a year at the USAF EOS.
The course took five months to build with a team of two missile maintainers and help from the staff at the USAF EOS.
According to Malgieri, the USAF EOS staff handled all the legwork to get this course up and running so he and his partner, Master Sgt. Sharod Delaney, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron Missile MSPC instructor, could focus on building the course material that would be taught to the students.
“We combed through instruction, developed the teaching points and reached out to different sections and wings and asked them to send us guidance they had on those teaching points,” said Malgieri.
F.E. Warren Air Force Base (AFB), Wyoming has already beta tested out the production element in the missile maintenance career field.
“F.E. Warren has already seen great results in the production element,” said Master Sgt. Shawn Allen, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron Missile Communications Maintenance NCO in charge. “Air Force Global Strike Command is currently working on requirements and guidance to stand this up at Malmstrom (AFB) and Minot (AFB).”
Allen has experience working in production and recommends this course to those selected to become production superintendents.
“I think this is extremely valuable,” said Allen. “It’s going to prepare a much broader range of NCOs and SNCOs on specific areas we want to target.”
Once the students complete the course, they will have the opportunity to give feedback to the instructors on how it went.
“We are looking forward to the feedback from the students,” said Malgieri. “We really won’t know what the students got out of it until they reach back in about six months and tell us what they used at their bases or tell us on the spot what we could add or change to the lessons.”
Lt. Col. Nicholas Rowe, 423rd Mobility Training Squadron commander, knows his instructors will do everything in their power to make this a successful course.
“When you bring the world’s best instructors in this school, you can easily achieve outstanding results even in the first class,” said Rowe.
The 423rd Mobility Training Squadron is aligned under the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School. The mission of the 423rd MTS is to train and educate professional expeditionary Airmen, develop combat support tactics, techniques, and procedures, and enable warfighters to operate effectively in multiple environments.