14 Air Maintenance Squadron

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With the advent of the Wing organizational concept at all Air Command Bases in 1993, the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Greenwood BAMEO Branch became 14 Air Maintenance Squadron (14 AMS). Although the role has not changed, the Squadron’s identity has evolved into a distinctive entity within 14 Wing and the Long Range Patrol (LRP) community.

The most visible manifestation of the Squadron’s identity is its unique heraldic badge and individual motto. Airmen and airwomen of bygone days rallied around their squadron crest with a sense of honour and pride. Time has not altered this and 14 AMS has adopted a crest design that best symbolizes the industrious nature of the Squadron. The apple blossom represents the Annapolis Valley and the Squadron’s close ties to the community, while the worker bee represents the officers, airmen and airwomen of 14 AMS. The motto – Dedicated, Driven, Ready, reflects the Squadron’s commitment to excellence and perfection.

The mission of 14 AMS is “to generate airworthy, mission-capable aircraft and provide support services to meet the operational requirements of 14 Wing.” As such, 14 AMS provides mission-ready Aurora (CP-140) and Arcturus (CP-140A) aircraft for 404 Long Range Patrol and Training Squadron, 405 Long Range Patrol Squadron, LRPSET, and MP&EU. Aircraft maintenance activities include on-aircraft servicing, periodic inspections and the repair of armament, avionics, aviation life support equipment and components - all of which are supported by a variety of labs and shops.

Additionally, 14 AMS provides select maintenance support services to 413 (T&R) Squadron and maintains mission support equipment such as the Integrated Avionics Trainer (IAT), Miniature Systems Integration Laboratory (Mini-SIL), and Program Generation Centre, which are all located in the Hornell Centre. On behalf of the Wing, the Squadron also performs a number of other functions such as transient servicing, support for gliders and tow aircraft used each summer in the Air Cadet Glider Program, Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) response, weapons and explosives storage, Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and Imaging Services.

Instilling quality and pride in workmanship, 14 AMS is at the forefront of CP-140/A operations. In the recent past, major maintenance support accomplishments have included OP APOLLO (Dec 01 – Jul 03), OP SIRIUS (Oct – Dec 04), and Airborne Mapping in support of OP ATHENA (May – Jun 09). As a reflection of the current Canadian Forces operations tempo, 14 AMS also provides personnel for international operations, in particular the CH-147 Chinook, CH-146 Griffin, CU-170 Heron and C-IED operations in the Afghanistan theatre of operations. 14 AMS – Wing Imaging is also tasked to provide support for current domestic and international operations. In anticipation of the 2010 Olympics, 14 AMS successfully modified the CP-140 with the Overland Equipment Mission Suite (OEMS), a modification normally carried out at a contractor facility, which has greatly enhanced CP-140 mission flexibility and capability.

14 AMS is the largest unit of 14 Wing with an establishment of 491 personnel, including 14 officers, 471 non-commissioned members (including 38 reservists) and six civilians. The Squadron is organized into five sections that work out of various locations – 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 Hangars, the Hornell Centre, and the Explosive Storage Area (ESA).

Deputy Commanding Officer (DCO) Sections

The DCO organization, led by an AERE Major, employs approximately 45 personnel. This section is divided into three diverse sub-sections: the Aircraft Maintenance Control and Records Organization (AMCRO), the Squadron Development Organization (SDO), and the Squadron Safety Organization (SSO). The varied functions of the DCO organization are vital to maintaining the quality and standard of maintenance at 14 AMS and DCO personnel provide essential support to all areas of the Squadron.

The AMCRO sub-section is divided into two separate entities – the Engineering Projects Organization (EPO) and the Records Section. EPO is the centre of expertise for the management of all CP-140/A and equipment-related projects, overseeing UCRs, PDRs, Maintenance Alerts, Local Surveys, Special Inspections and Modifications. EPO is the point of contact with external agencies such as 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters and National Defence Headquarters/DGAEPM. The Records Section manages log control, the Aircraft Maintenance Management Information System (AMMIS), the Automated Data for Aircraft Maintenance (ADAM) system, the 14 Wing Tool Control Centre, and the 14 AMS Technical Library.

The SDO is responsible for elements of the Squadron’s resource management as well as managing key milestones such as management Review Meetings, Miscellaneous Request (MR) submissions, Professional Development (PD) days, and strategic planning. The SDO sub-section is comprised of Quality Management (QM) and Continuous Improvement Management (CIM). The QM administers the Squadron’s quality system in accordance with the Commanding Officer’s Quality Policy and AF9000 Plus standards. Responsibilities include approving, revising, and promulgating documented procedures used within the quality system, conducting audits of sections to ensure compliance with the documented procedures, and reviewing corrective actions when necessary. The CIM oversees the administration of the Squadron’s Continuous Improvement Program and the Infomation Technology Helpdesk.

The SSO is responsible for all aspects of the Squadron’s Flight Safety, General Safety and Environmental Programs. In the event of a safety related occurrence, the SSO is responsible for coordinating the investigation and disseminating the results and preventive measures.

Aircraft Maintenance Services Organization (AMSO)

The AMSO, led by an AERE Major and consisting of 230 personnel, is responsible for all second-line and limited third-line repair activities. AMSO is organized into three sub-sections; Aircraft Repair Organization (ARO), Armament, Photo, Avionics Organization (ARMPAVO), and Mechanical Support Organization (MSO), which together provide Aviation, Avionics, and Aircraft Structures maintenance support.

ARO provides second-line aircraft maintenance via the CP-140/A Periodic Inspection Crew, Fuel Cell Repair (FCR) and Aircraft Repair Shops. The periodic Inspection Crew conducts CP-140/A periodic maintenance and pre/post-TLIR inspections. The FCR conducts fuel cell repair and confined space training. Under Aircraft Repair Shops, the Engine Bay provides second line maintenance for CP-140/A engines and propeller systems, the Component Shop and the Aviation Electric shop provide maintenance on a variety of mechanical and electrical components for 14 Wing aircraft fleets.

Within ARMPAVO, the Avionics Organization includes the IAT, Fast Time Analysis System (FTAS) Lab, and second line maintenance for the navigation systems on the CP-140/A. IAT/FTAS Lab provides maintenance and user support for the IAT, Mini-SIL, FTAS and the Program Generation Center (PGC), all ground-based systems that support the CP-140 aircraft mission platform. The 14 AMS/Wing Imaging section provides all digital photographic support and video production services to the Wing, covering all operational, engineering, and Public Affairs imagery activities.

The Mechanical Support Organization (MSO) consists of five sub-sections - Aircraft Structures (ACS), Aircraft Life Support Equipment (ALSE), NDT, EDF, and ESA. The ACS section boasts a full range of Machine, Metal, Welding and Refinishing capabilities, providing repairs to the CP-140/A, CC-130 and CH-149 Aircraft. The ALSE section provides support to all Wing Aircraft safety equipment carrying out repairs, build-ups and inspection of parachutes, life vests, immersion suits, life rafts and liquid oxygen systems. The NDT section performs X-Ray, Ultrasonic, Eddy Current, Liquid Penetrant, and Magnetic Particle Inspections on all Wing aircraft, components, and support equipment. NDT also provides support to the Cadet Glider program in Eastern Canada and to other units as requested. The core task of the EDF section is to retrieve and secure explosive devices found along the South Shore of Nova Scotia. The ESA section is responsible for storage and maintenance of explosive devices and armament equipment repair.

Aircraft Maintenance Organization (AMO)

The AMO, under the guidance of an AERE Major, is responsible for all servicing and first line maintenance functions of the CP-140/A. The organization of 175 personnel is comprised of the Maintenance Operations (Maint Ops), Technical Support Section (TSS), and two Crews that maintain 20/7 scheduled coverage with the ability to surge to support operations around the clock when required.

Maint Ops, which includes the Deputy AMO (Capt/Lt), one Warrant Officer, and one Sergeant, coordinates all scheduled maintenance activities within AMO, and continuously liaises with Wing Operations, the flying squadrons, and other 14 AMS sections to assure the continued success of daily operations and mission support.

Each of the two crews consists of an Aircraft Servicing Officer (Capt/Lt), a manager of Maintenance Operations (MWO), two Warrant Officers (WO), six Sergeants, and approximately sixty-five technicians.

TSS is led by a Sergeant and consists of 10 personnel. TSS provides a wide range of support to AMO, including managing budgeting and procurement, servicing equipment and vehicles, providing specialized avionics support, and processing structural monitoring data downloaded from the aircraft.

AMO is a multi-faceted organization, delivering maintenance operations at home and abroad. Technicians participate in Mobile Repair Parties (MRPs), which can be rapidly deployed to render assistance to unserviceable aircraft anywhere the Aurora deploys in the world. AMO provides the bulk of maintenance operations support for deployed operations, services transient aircraft to the Wing, provides personnel to maintain the Crash Crew, Vanguard, and OP NOBLE EAGLE, and supports Recovery and Salvage (RAS) readiness as part of the 14 Wing Emergency Response Team.

Additionally, AMO directly supports the Aurora Incremental Modernization Program (AIMP) as the majority of the fleet has been upgraded to Block II. As the program moves forward, AMO will also provide servicing functions on the initial Block III aircraft that will undergo testing and evaluation in the spring of 2010.

Squadron Administration Officer (S Admin O)

The S Admin O and staff are responsible for the provision of administrative and financial services to the Squadron. The Section is headed by a Captain Logistics-Human Resources officer who is responsible to the Commanding Officer (CO) for all administrative and financial issues as well as the effective and efficient operation of the Squadron Orderly Room (SOR). The SOR is staffed with seven Resource Management Service (RMS) clerks – a WO, two MCpls, and four Pte/Cpls. The WO is responsible for the effective supervision of the SOR staff and coordination of the Squadron budget. Divided into two sections – Reception/Customer Service and Finance, the SOR provides a variety of services including leave administration, travel arrangements, claims, central registry, security clearances, Annual Readiness Verifications (ARVs), and financial management.

Squadron Chief Warrant Officer (SCWO)

The SCWO is responsible for maintaining standards and advising the CO on matters related to dress, QOL, deportment, and discipline of the Squadron’s personnel. Under the banner of Air Technician Career Development Plan (ATCDP), the 14 AMS SCWO is the fleet CWO and as such, is responsible for succession and progression planning for all CP140 technicians.

The Employment and Training Organization (ETO) reports to the SCWO and is responsible for the coordination of all training and employment of all personnel. ETO is the principal contact with the career managers with respect to career development, postings, and internal rotations within 14 AMS. Being the lead ETO for the entire CP-140 fleet, 14 AMS ETO liaises with 19 Wing and 14 Wing CP-140 units to develop training and employment strategies, which are described in the Fleet Employment Training Plans (FETPs) for the LRP Air Maintenance technicians.