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H.!itop Times NEWS Oct. 25, 1991. F16 Fighting Falcon 383th Fighter Wing lifts off the runway. A F-1- 6 State-of-the-a- ... rt J t avionics are the eflinchpin of the A fectiveness. study is beconducted at Hill AFB ing to assess revised maintenance procedures. F-16- 's "VV ? 0 t US B Continued from Page 1 tor of plans, the switch to depot level maintenance unit's ability to deploy. "By eliminating the need for extensive base-levrepair equipment, inventory and resources associated with intermediate-leve- l shops, we can reduce the 'support tail' that must deploy with a unit," Ste. will simplify a el Marie said. "In the case of units, that translates into about six loads." Another advantage is an increase in avionics system reliability by having systems undergo a more F-1- 6 C-14- 1 B Continued from Page 1 man couldn't get his mail in the top slot of the box." The team then sent for their Ferret, a robot that looks similar to No. 5 in the 1980s' movie "Short Circuit." The Ferret comes with a remote video camera that allows the bomb disposal team to get a close look at a bomb or other explosive from a safe distance away. "As soon as the Ferret went in," said, "some of the postal employees looked at our television screen and recognized the boxes right off." The ticking sound was coming from timers in the boxes. The timers are used to monitor the environmental changes in electronic items being Er-mili- o mailed. "They're apparently mailed all the time," Ermilio said, "but they're not normally mailed in the quantity that thorough check at the depot than would be possible by a base unit. "Serviceability will also increase by centrally tracking the types of failures in a system," Ste. Marie said. "This way we can isolate and correct faults, that perhaps in the past have not been identified as a system-wid- e weakness." Lt. Col. Marvin 0. Clark, the Hill Coronet Deuce project officer, said, "It's still too early to comment on the project. We're in the data collection stage of the program and there's a long way to go. We have to. assess the impact of the change system-wide- , was in that mail box. That's why the ticking was so loud." Receiving assurances from the postal workers that they were satisfied there was no bomb in the mailbox, Gleason and one of the postal workers even opened one of the boxes and found that, indeed, it contained timers. Clearfield Police Department inspector Bill Holthaus praised the 2701st team for their rapid response to what could have been a dangerous situation. "They were very impressive, very professional and did a super job," Holthaus said. "These guys are really good." While Friday's adventure ended with a fizzle, Saturday brought another phone call for help this one from the Duchesne County Sheriff's office. A property owner was tearing a shack down on his land when he discovered a case of old dynamite in the Air Force Photo which includes transportation, warehousing and maintenance systems in addition to the line and depot levels. "One of the reasons the test is running as long as it is, is because we want to allow time for the whole system to react so we can identify any deficiencies and come up with fixes that improve the whole process," Clark said. maintenance will If the test is successful, two-levbe considered for application to existing and future el aircraft systems. building. Since the previous owner had died some 30 years ago, the dynamite had to be at least that old. "The date on the box indicated it was manufactured in 1959," Ermilio said. "Dynamite this old can be unstable and dangerous." Since there was no immediate danger to "life and limb," the squadron didn't actually visit the remote site until Tuesday. "In this case it wasn't creating a hazard and was just sitting," said Maj. Ernest Kiehn, commander of the 2701st. "We had time to talk to the owner and the sheriff's department and figure out a good game plan." The owner asked that, if possible, the team move the dynamite out of the shack before destroying it. The shack was next to a shed and a horse corral that he didn't want damaged if it could be helped. "It looked like we could move it," said SMSgt. Jim Leamy, who was the senior 2701st representative on the scene Tuesday. "We had a pretty clear area that we could drag the dynamite down to and blow it up." That's what the team did. After attaching 300 or 400 feet of rope to the box, they pulled it out of the shack and safely away before detonating it. These two instances in the last week make this year busier than normal for the 2701st. Last year, the squadron only responded once to an off base request. This year they've removed am-- munition from someone's garage, munitions from someone's yard and checked out a bomb fuse someone received in the mail. It's all in a day's work for the group, but, "things sure seem to happen on a Friday near quitting time or on Saturday," said MSgt. Rashie Sanderson. "I wonder why that is?" NEWS BRIEFS THE OVERPRICING BEAST EATS EVERYONE'S TAX DOLLARS around Hill AFB next week as the Zero Overpricing Program office starts a drive for suggestions on ways to save money. Last fiscal year, the ZOP office reviewed more than 600 challenges from Hill people and from other bases. These challenges were for overpriced parts or suggestions on ways to save money by using different parts or by designing new ones. Hill people received recognition last Forty-on- e year for submitting their price challenges, and nine of those received cash awards totaling more than $5,700. The office hopes to improve on this during fiscal 1992. Program wants help with monster This money-crunchin- g ,riS fellow will start appearing For more information on the ZOP program or to find out about the money crunching monster, call the ZOP office at Ext. 79999. Quality speaker The final speaker for Quality Month will talk Tuesa.m. and 1:30-2:4day, p.m. at the base theater. Rene Ewing, an internal consultant on quality to the senior management staff, Northwest Region and Hawaii, for the Xerox Corporation, will present "The Xerox Quality Story." Ewing's second session will feature an interpreter for the hearing impaired. The sessions are free and open to all base people. 5 Extended clinic hours Beginning Monday and every Monday thereafter, a.m. and p.m. If you have questions regarding immunizations, call Sgt. William P. Ngayan, Ext. 75209. the immunization clinic will be open 1-- 7:30-11:3- 0 6 Combat Strength Through Logistics Hilltop Times Published by MorMedia. 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