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ARMS doing the legwork: 20th BS flight has excellence in all they do

By Staff Sgt. M. Erick Reynolds 2d Bomb Wing Public Affairs

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Today's Air Force is consistently evolving and Airmen are constantly adapting and overcoming challenges they are asked to perform.
The 20th Bomb Squadron's Aviation Resource Management office is no exception.
Master Sgt. Clayton Miller, 20th BS, ARMS manager and senior enlisted manger for the squadron, along with Airman Kyle Robbins, 20th BS ARMS, apprentice, are making the mission happen.
"We normally have four people working in our office," said Sgt. Miller. "With one member deployed and one coming back from deployment, it's just me and Airman Robbins performing the duties."
If planes are scheduled to fly, Sgt. Miller and Airman Robbins will be hard at work to ensure the mission goes forward without any delays or problems.
"Before crews step to an aircraft, they need to conduct a review of the forms we put in the crew folders before leaving for the aircraft," Sgt. Miller said. "One part of our job is to build the folders that will show all of the training that the crews must accomplish so they can go fly the mission as safe as possible."
"Our basic job duties consist of inputting all of the ground and flight currencies and training for all of the flyers in the squadron," Airman Robbins explains. "We also verify all of the aircrews are up to date on all of their training before they step to the aircraft.
"For example we ensure that all the members of the crew are current on their physicals and have completed their altitude chamber training."
ARMS personnel also prepare flight authorizations for approval, record unit flying hours and schedule training for the aircrew members.
"If we don't do our jobs correctly," Sergeant Miller states, "someone may step to the aircraft who is not qualified to fly."
Some of the other duties that the ARMS personnel perform range from briefing the crews on the correct location of the aircraft to keeping the scheduling board up to date which shows take off and land times to parking locations and crew members.
Due to the manning and the coordination involved in getting crews ready to fly; the ARMS personnel receive help from other aircrew members who are not scheduled to fly that day.
"We are always glad to get the help," Sergeant Miller says, "In order to make sure we are passing the correct information to the crews we have to coordinate with several different agencies such as the Flight Management office, Base Operations, the tower and Flight Medicine.
"When we get the help, it frees us up to talk and work with these other agencies to help the mission get off the ground."
"This is a really good job because I get the opportunity to work with so many different people," Airman Robbins said. "I really like giving the briefings and being able to see the mission come together.
Master Sgt. Miller expanded on Airman Robbins love of the ARMS career field, "This position really gives you the opportunity to see what is going on and get a good sense of mission accomplishment. When you get to see the mission unfold you really don't mind working some of our crazy hours.
"For instance, I may come in today at 4:45 a.m. and then tomorrow, I may have to come in at 1:45 p.m. A person who comes into this career field needs to be flexible."
When the mission is complete for the crews, ARMS Airmen still have work to do.
"Once the crews are back," Sergeant Miller said, "we then process all of their flight time and all of the flying events they accomplished during the mission."
"In the past few months, the 20th BS has refocused ARMS into a role that is a much more significant contributor to the unit's overall combat mission," said Lt. Col. Mark Maryak, 20th BS, commander.
"Making this transformation took a significant amount of focus and leadership from Master Sgt. Miller," Col. Maryak continued, "especially in a shop that is stretched so thin, in terms on manning.
"You can see the fruits of Sergeant Miller's efforts when a young Airman like Airman Robbins stands in front of 12 aircrew members and accomplishes his duties."