by Airman 1st Class Leah Murray
49th Wing Public Affairs
1/22/2013 - HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. -- The
49th Logistics Readiness Squadron recently installed new automotive
informational modules (version 2.4), better known as "AIM2," at both
fueling stations and in 519 government vehicles at Holloman Air Force
AIM2 is a fossil fuel savings initiative that supports Energy
Independence and Security Act 2007 and Presidential Executive Order
These modules work through the use of radio frequency technology to
track fuel consumption data and process data for vehicles pertaining to
maintenance repairs, which will save both money and manpower - about 1.5
million man hours per year across the Air Force, according to 49th LRS
vehicle management superintendent Senior Master Sgt. Dan Keen.
"This will also prevent human error when refueling vehicles," said Staff
Sgt. Mario Garcia, a 49th LRS vehicle maintainer. The human error
factor will be eliminated because Vehicle Identification Link keys,
which have been the standard method of refueling vehicles. VIL keys are
not attached to specific vehicles the way AIM2 is.
Garcia and a fellow vehicle maintainer, Senior Airman Matthew Aucutt,
have been dedicated to the project along with two visiting contractors
since November 2012, and have now installed the system in more than 90
percent of the fleet. The project is scheduled to be complete by the end
of January 2013, according to Keene.
"Every vehicle has some version of 'OBDs,' or onboard diagnostics," said
Keene, a 21-year veteran of the Air Force. Normally, if someone's
dashboard light goes on, they have to bring it to a maintenance facility
and have a computer plugged into the car in order to read the error
codes and determine what is wrong with the vehicle. AIM2, however,
wirelessly downloads all the necessary data about each vehicle to the
system at the unit any time a vehicle drives within 1,000 feet of the
"This bypasses that whole system," he said. "Instead of exclusively
relying on the user to bring it in, we can see that it has a problem and
we can request that the user bring it in."
Bottom line, AIM2 eliminates the need to find the vehicle and record the
odometer readings, eliminates the need to process VIL key paperwork,
eliminates the need to input odometer readings when refueling, and
provides more concise vehicle fuel consumption data so leadership can
accurately depict vehicle fuel consumption, according to the senior
The vehicles affected by AIM2 at Holloman AFB use approximately 187,200
gallons of gasoline and 86,400 gallons of diesel each year.