by Micah Garbarino
72nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
11/26/2013 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The
Air Force Sustainment Center and General Atomics have reached an
enterprise-level, public-private partnership agreement which allows the
two organizations to partner in the maintenance of unmanned aircraft
systems, including the Predator/Reaper and the Army's version of the
aircraft, the Gray Eagle.
The agreement, signed Nov. 9 by Lt. Gen. Bruce Litchfield, AFSC
commander, is the first center-wide UAS partnership agreement
implemented since the stand-up of the Air Force Sustainment Center in
General Atomics is a lead manufacture of UAS platforms and maintenance
work on those platforms may be performed at all three AFSC logistics
complexes in Georgia, Oklahoma and Utah.
Noel Anderson, who works at the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex
Business Office, at Robins AFB, Ga., and a team from across the Air
Force Sustainment Center negotiated the partnership agreement, which is
expected to bring new workloads to all three complexes.
The WR-ALC is expected to begin work on UAS batteries in 2014 and
interim modem assemblies in 2015. The battery workload is estimated to
bring in 5,000 repair hours and grow to 9,600 repair hours by 2016. The
modem workload is estimated to bring in 2,600 repair hours in 2015,
growing to 4,500 in 2016. By the end of fiscal 2016, Warner-Robins will
have more than 15,000 repair hours from the Predator/Reaper/Gray Eagle
workload, Ms. Anderson said.
So far, WR-ALC is the only complex to enter into a local implementation
agreement with General Atomics, but the team anticipates that a future
agreement at the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill AFB, Utah, could
allow work on UAS landing gear, and at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics
Complex at Tinker AFB, Okla., an agreement could allow work on UAS small
"Public-private partnerships allow government organizations and private
industry to work as a team, bringing unique capabilities to the mission
and warfighters, whether that's technology infusion, new innovation to
equipment and processes or advanced skills and knowledge gain to the
workforce," said Earl Williams, an AFSC Logistics Directorate program
Before Air Force Materiel Command implemented its 5-Center construct,
each AFMC air logistics complex would enter into individual partnership
agreements based upon its requirements. These agreements took anywhere
from 12 to 16 months to complete. With the enterprise partnering
agreement in place, each of the three logistics complexes, which are
part of AFSC, can execute implementation agreements with General Atomics
and bring workload into the ALCs in a much shorter amount of time.
"We anticipate the new standard partnering process will shave 8 to 10
months off of the time it has historically taken to put partnering
agreements in place. Now that this standard process has been implemented
across the AFSC enterprise, there will be one team negotiating these
agreements as opposed to three separate negotiation activities," said
Shannon Wagner, AFSC Logistics Directorate program analyst.
This is the second enterprise-level partnership agreement the center has entered.
"Without the collaboration and leadership at Warner Robins Air Logistics
Complex, this partnership wouldn't have come to fruition," said Gilbert
Montoya, Director of Logistics at the Air Force Sustainment Center. "We
are looking forward to additional enterprise level partnerships with
major private industry partners in the future."