An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home : Media : News : News Article View
NEWS | July 29, 2022

15th Operational Support Squadron Airfield Management Supports RIMPAC

By Staff Sgt. Alan Ricker 15th Wing Public Affairs

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii -- With an estimated 25,000 personnel participating in the world's largest international maritime exercise this summer, the 15th Operational Support Squadron (OSS) Airfield Management Flight’s workload surged.

The 15th OSS Airfield Management Flight provides 24-hour operational support to all the aircraft assigned here and transient military aircraft, enabling more than 6,000 flights quarterly.

“We have a hand in every mission set that comes out of [Hickam airfield], whether local, transient, distinguished visitors, or in this case RIMPAC, a major flying exercise,” said Tech. Sgt. Andrei Albiar, 15th OSS airfield deputy airfield manager.

The start of RIMPAC increased the amount of aircraft, aircrew, parking plans and essential services that are necessary for an operational airfield.

“We have 68 parking spots on Hickam,” said Tech. Sgt. Samantha Vining, 15th OSS airfield manager. “We’ve supported 17 of those for a month and a half with RIMPAC aircraft.”

Vining and Albiar described the challenges that the team worked to overcome with the additional RIMPAC aircraft while continuing everyday operations, which can include transient aircraft, Air Mobility Command missions, mail delivery, commissary stock deliveries and Base Exchange deliveries.

“This showed them what a deployment can look like with the amount of flight plans we were filing,” said Vining. “We didn’t only file for aircraft here at Hickam to take off; we were also filing flight plans for all the aircraft taking off from the [naval aircraft] carriers.”

Even with increased hours, the airfield management flight continues to provide 24-hour support for all participating aircraft until the exercise ends on Aug. 4, 2022.

“We had to adjust everybody’s schedule,” said Vining. “Nobody batted an eye or made one complaint. Every mission we’ve had has gone off without a hitch.”
CONNECT WITH USINDOPACOM

ENGAGE & CONNECT MORE WITH PACOM

                                                 

IN THE USINDOPACOM NEWS
US and Philippine Army Soldiers Establish a Joint Operations Center for the First Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable in the Philippines
U.S. and Philippines Army soldiers monitor personnel actions in the Joint Operations Center during the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center-Exportable (JPMRC-X) exercise on Fort Magsaysay, Philippines, 31 May 2024. This iteration of JPMRC-X marks the first deployment to the Philippines, which will enable and assist the Philippines Army and the Armed Forces of the Philippines in building combat training center locations within the Philippines.
 
The JPMRC-X is a Department of the Army initiative consisting of a deployable package of personnel and equipment designed to support training exercises across the Pacific. 
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Tommie Berry)
June 7, 2024 - U.S. and Philippine Army Soldiers establish a Joint Operations Center (JOC) as part of Exercise Salaknib 2024. The establishment of a JOC marks a pivotal moment in fostering collaboration among multinationals during the Joint...

317 AW 'Explodes into Theater' with maximum endurance operation for Valiant Shield 24
A C-130J Super Hercules assigned to Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, gets refueled at Travis Air Force Base, California, during an extended Maximum Endurance Operation, June 4, 2024. Two aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks completed the MEO to Guam in support of Valiant Shield 2024. Exercises such as Valiant Shield allow the Indo-Pacific Command Joint Forces the opportunity to integrate forces from all branches of service and with our allies to conduct precise, lethal, and overwhelming multi-axis, multi-domain effects that demonstrate the strength and versatility of the Joint Force and our commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific.. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emma Anderson)
June 7, 2024 - The 317th Airlift Wing successfully completed an expanded Maximum Endurance Operation to Guam with two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft equipped with external fuel tanks, June 4, 2024...

Allies Come Together in the Indo-Pacific: Valiant Shield 24
COMPACFLT SEAL
June 5, 2024 - U.S. Indo-Pacific Command joint forces, along with allied and partner forces, are scheduled to participate in exercise Valiant Shield (VS) 2024, June 7-18, on Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Palau,...

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III Concludes Tenth Visit to the Indo-Pacific
June 5, 2024 - Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III concluded his tenth official visit to the Indo-Pacific region today...

Malaysia, U.S. Continue to Strengthen Ties at Bersama Warrior 2024 Exercise
Washington National Guard and Malaysian Armed Forces members participate in the Bersama Warrior 2024 opening ceremonies June 1, 2024, at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Washington Guard and Malaysia have been partners under the State Partnership Program since 2017.
June 5, 2024 - The 10th annual Bersama Warrior exercise began June 1 with an opening ceremony led by Malaysian Armed Forces leaders and U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Borchers, director of the Joint Staff for the Washington National...