Dillon visits asset maintenance team

Dillon visits asset maintenance teamRear Adm. Scott Dillon, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division commander, recently met with members of the Weapons Sustainment Support Branch at China Lake and witnessed the work that puts capability back into the warfighters’ hands quickly.

“Every time you turn around, you become cognizant of work that only we know how to do,” Dillon said. “We have an elite team of folks who have developed a knowledge that nobody else has and it’s really exciting to be a part of. You all have made quite a reputation for yourselves.”

The Sustainment Group of the Weapons Sustainment Support Branch recently completed a joint U.S. Navy-U.S. Air Force Joint Direct Attack Munition/Laser JDAM maintenance detachment at China Lake. The team, composed of members from NAWCWD and Hill Air Force Base, tested 571 unserviceable fleet JDAM tail kits, and returned 184 assets to a serviceable condition.

“The team’s efforts ensured all JDAM kits were properly sentenced, inspected for missing and damaged parts, tested, re-containerized and prepared for fleet delivery,” said Mical Bindschatel, director of the group. “This effort resulted in a cost avoidance of about $4 million, while increasing JDAM asset availability throughout the fleet.”

Dillon’s tour also included meeting and greeting members of the All Weapons Information System, and Weapons Loading Standardization Teams in addition to visiting depot maintenance and engineering investigation facilities.

Pictured: Rear Adm. Scott Dillon tours a depot maintenance and engineering investigation facility — U.S. Navy photo by Paul Kakert

Story First Published: 2019-04-12