Back in November 2016, DynCorp International (DI) won the Davis-Monthan Contract Field Team (CFT) task order on the U.S.Air Force CFT program at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB) in Tucson, Arizona. With this task order, DI is maintaining the 357th Aircraft Maintenance Unit’s A-10 fighters while the previous active duty maintainers transition to the F-35. By transitioning from Airmen to DI professionals, this ensures the Air Force continues to train its new A-10 pilots while freeing up crucial maintainers for the new fighters.
DI completed a successful first Integrated Training Exercise (ITX) this past May. DI safely and expeditiously took 14 A-10C aircraft, about 20 tons of equipment, and 148 personnel to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California on a temporary duty deployment. The trip also included exercises at Twentynine Palms to conduct landings on austere surfaces. The 357th Fighter Squadron was scheduled to fly 72 training sorties on this task order and completed 69 of those in only four days of flying. Twenty-eight more sorties were completed for the trip there and back.
“We are honored with the opportunity to support such critical national security missions,” said Mark Mirelez, DI’s Aviation Engineering, Logistics and Sustainment (AELS) business unit lead. “The A-10 has a storied history and having the chance to be part of it is truly humbling.”
Photos from the ITX can be found on DI’s Flickr album.