Global Sustainment Vision Overhauls I-level Maintenance Training by Standardizing ASM

Global Sustainment Vision and Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers (COMFRC) have standardized intermediate level (I-level) maintenance qualification, certification and licensing (Q/C/L) processes within the Advanced Skills Management (ASM) system.

Qualifications for Sailors are now recognized across all Fleet Readiness Centers (FRCs), detachments and Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Departments (AIMDs) ashore and afloat, eliminating the need for remediation with a change in duty station and enabling quicker delivery of maintenance, repair and overhaul services to the fleet.

ASM was first introduced to the FRCs and detachments in 2010, followed by the AIMDs. The system changed the qualification, certification and licensing processes for I-level maintainers. It provided real-time access to training records that are critical for assigning qualified personnel to repair and maintain aircraft.

“ASM changed the way business was done. It gave us the ability to see the current qualifications of a Sailor in real-time allowing them to get to work more quickly,” said Mike Walter, the standardization team lead for the Global Sustainment Vision program.

Prior to the recent standardization, each individual unit was responsible for the development and upkeep of all qualifications. The unintended consequence of this was the need to retrain military maintainers due to variations in naming and methodologies between similar units. ASM couldn’t translate the variances and there was no central authority controlling the naming and descriptions of each Q/C/L. 

During Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class (AT2) Logan Watts’ first change of command, he lost two of his qualifications.

“It took me two to three months at my second command to get back up to speed. I thought a lot of that training was repetitious,” Watts said.

The Global Sustainment Vision team recognized the need for maintainers to be able to transfer their qualifications from one site to another and made ASM standardization a priority.

Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd class (AT2) Logan Watts, left, setting up calibration for De-Ice Test set at Fleet Readiness Center West (FRCW) DET Fallon, Nev. Right, Aviation Ordnanceman 2nd class (AO2) Ian Courtney and AO2 Tristan Rice complete a ready for issue inspection and move a SUU-79B/A to K-pool for issue. U.S. Navy photos by AZ2 Frederick Klink
AD2 Adam Sack, left, performs oil analysis checks on the spectrometer. Center, Aviation Machinist’s Mate Airman, (ADAN) Juvonni Headd disassembles a LAU-17F/A for inspection at FRCW DET Fallon. AT2 Zachary Smith, right, performs calibration checks on a De-Ice Test set. U.S. Navy photos by AZ2 Frederick Klink

“The first wave migrated 20 percent of Q/C/Ls into similar and already active Q/C/Ls. Another 20 percent were deleted because they were unnecessary,” Walter said. “We went on to review the remaining 60 percent and found more work could be done.”

By standardizing the requirements for certain qualifications the team was able to delete 40 percent of the listed requirements because they were repetitive. All qualifications are now under the sole control and responsibility of the I-level model manager at COMFRC and the fleet administrators at each site to maintain consistency and standardization moving forward.

A reduction in time required to requalify translates to an increase in time on task which can directly increase readiness.

Watts changed commands again in February, checking in at the Fleet Readiness Center West detachment in Fallon, Nevada. The ASM standardization allowed him to start work right away.

“I’m already set to take my exams for Collateral Duty Inspector. All I needed this time was a little on-the-job training,” he said.

“With this standardization initiative completed, Sailors and Marines reporting to a new I-level unit with previously held qualifications will have those reinstated. Removing the variance of training processes between units will have an average 90-percent reduction in time required to requalify,” Walter said.

“While we’re not done yet, I am encouraged by the improvements people are already seeing. When this is complete, it’ll be a game changer.”

Written by Kaitlin Wicker, a communications specialist for the Global Sustainment Vision. 

New Name, Same Commitment:
Global Sustainment Vision

To better align its focus with the Naval Sustainment System-Aviation (NSS-A), the Sustainment Vision 2020 program is now called the Global Sustainment Vision.

Global Sustainment Vision continues the program’s reforms at the Fleet Readiness Centers, engineering and maintenance, organizational-level and surge areas to complement NSS-A initiatives.

“The program has not changed its mission nor its focus, only its name. Our teams are still creating products and processes to equip military members and civilians to sustain Naval Aviation readiness,” said Keith Johnson, Global Sustainment Vision director.

“NSS-A really brought to light much of what we were already working on. It was great to have another program come alongside us and say, ‘yes, we need to fix this system,’” Johnson said.

In addition to the efforts spearheaded by NSS-A, Global Sustainment Vision continues refining and improving initiatives such as the Aircraft on Ground Cell and Maintenance Operations Center, total resource visibility, the capacity model, a web-enabled capabilities database, depot-level certification of military personnel, standardization of the Advanced Skills Management software, training gap closure, readiness modeling and parts forecasting, and logistics and engineering sustainment.

Each of these threads is interwoven with those of NSS-A to fill the seams and produce sustained readiness for Naval Aviation.

—Kaitlin Wicker