June 2006 
Volume 05, Issue 2  
Main Feature

Mission possible

Mission possibleAs diverse as Boeing Integrated Defense Systems' Support Systems is, its aim is razor-sharp: Warfighter readiness. Support Systems prepares military customers for their missions today and in the future, providing the men and women in uniform with the best support for their equipment and systems.

Support Systems, one of IDS' three business centers, delivers cost-effective mission readiness to the warfighter while preparing the customer for the network-centric battle space of the future. The customer relationship doesn't end once an aircraft is delivered or customers task themselves with managing older fleets: Aircraft require maintenance, repairs, upgrades and testing to ensure readiness and to extend their life span. To manage this complex and long-term task, Boeing offers aerospace and military customers in the United States and abroad the full spectrum of cost-effective services needed for mission readiness and aircraft sustainment.


'Greatest job in the world'

'Greatest job in the world'Embedded with a U.S. Army unit in Iraq, Boeing Aerospace Operations' David Hosea and Bruce Lowell both said they have "the greatest job in the world."

As members of an organization that's part of Integrated Defense Systems' Support Systems unit, Hosea and Lowell support the Army customer in Iraq on the AH-64D Apache Longbow Crew Trainer, a high-fidelity simulator used for individual pilot training and, when networked with other simulators, used for multiship-operations training and mission rehearsal. This device helps prepare the U.S. Army for combat.


'Boeing is our first call'

'Boeing is our first call'The F/A-18E/F Integrated Readiness Support Teaming (FIRST) is a logistics program that integrates support elements, such as integrated information systems and supply chain management, to cost-effectively improve fleet support and aircraft readiness for military customers. Under FIRST, Boeing's responsibilities include providing on-site support at U.S. Navy aircraft bases in California and Virginia and managing equipment manufacturers' repairs. The program is projected to provide approximately $1 billion in cost savings over the more than 30-year life cycle of the Super Hornet.

Capt. C. J. Jaynes is F/A-18 deputy program manager–Fleet Support for Naval Air Systems Command. Based in Patuxent River, Md., Jaynes shared with Boeing Frontiers why Boeing's F/A-18 support is important to fulfilling her fleet's missions.


Honor-worthy tasks

An F-15 field service rep talks about his duties

Tim Monoc, a member of Integrated Defense Systems' Support Systems unit, is an F-15 field service representative for Airframe Systems at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. Monoc explained to Boeing Frontiers his responsibilities as a liaison between Boeing and the U.S. Air Force customer.


'A hidden gem'

'A hidden gem'There's a letter on display at the Williams Gateway site in Mesa, Ariz. It's from Lt. Cmdr. Albert Medford of the U.S. Navy, and it reads in part: "Your phenomenal efforts … directly contributed to the high levels of success the United States achieved … in the war against terrorism in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom."

That letter, along with an American flag encased in glass, is a gift to the Structural Repair Facility Team at Williams Gateway. For the past eight years, the Structural Repair Team, part of the Boeing IDS Support Systems group, has created better, faster, and more innovative ways to repair thousands of aircraft components for the U.S. Navy's F/A-18 fleet.



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