F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE – The first batch of 90th Missile Maintenance Group maintainers from the facility maintenance section and electrical mechanical section recently graduated the newly created course at the Field Training Detachment here on April 22 and 28.
The training that is conducted on base by the 373rd Training Squadron, detachment 21, prepares the 90th MXG Airmen to perform their job in the missile field. The current electrical mechanical technician course is six months long and requires Airmen to get signed off on 250 training tasks in order to graduate.
The new training course highlights the importance of the 373rd TRS and how it prepares Airmen in the missile maintenance career field.
“Our mission is to build the very brightest maintenance technician’s for the 90th Maintenance Group,” said Master Sgt. Jeremy Spranger, 373rd TRS det. 21 chief. “We are given the job of training these young Airmen and getting them ready to do the job out in the missile field safely and effectively.”
The FTD stood up in October. The team has a lot to learn, but are making good strides in the right direction. Spranger explained, they are all very excited for the future and where it will take them.
“The course was fantastic. It was very in depth, the training was long, but well worth the wait,” said Airman 1st Class Luke Young, 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron EMT.
The training was changed to standardize it amongst the three missile wings and set a standard on how missile maintainers should be trained for the future.
Young added that he feels the maintainers are more prepared for doing the maintenance that is required of them. He hopes he and his fellow graduates can set the example for future trainees.
“We have high expectations of you. When you are out there doing your job you’re building our credibility,” Buckner said. “You’re showing our enemies that they need to think twice about doing anything to the United States. Be proud of how you are defending our nation, providing deterrence and assurance to our allies with what you do every day.”
Top: Field training detachment graduates stand up in front of the audience during the electronic maintenance technician graduation. The course is taught by the 373rd Training Squadron, Detachment 21 on base and prepares the 90th Maintenance Group Airmen to perform their missile maintenance duties out in the missile field. Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Ruano