New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, February 8, 1991 Page 5
Ingenuity keeping planes in the airArmy dismisses gripes of AWOL Guardsmen
KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — Fort Hood official* have difmisscd claim* of mistreatment by Louisiana National Guard members who went AWOL, saying the troops were subjected to nothing more than tough combat
"I am disappointed that these soldiers sought to solve their problems in this manner,” said Brig. Gen. Gary Whipple. “The training that we’re doing is very intensive, very difficult, very demanding, stressful training. But that’s what combat’s like.’*
in all, 67 soldiers of the 4,387-person 236th Brigade left the Central Texas post for Shreveport, La., the Army said. Of those, 40 were declared AWOL Wednesday and 27 were on 24-hour passes.
Thirty-eight of the Guardsmen returned to Fort Hood Thursday, some saying they had accomplished their goal of drawing attention to conditions at the post.
Army officials said it would be later today before they would have a final count of the number of troops that remained AWOL.
Asked if national attention had made the brigade look like “crybabies,” Whipple, the brigade commander, said, “Only 67 of them.”
But some of the Guardsmen defended their actions.
“ We were just trying to let the public know what was going on,” Sgt. Byron Lloyd, a 20-year-old tank driver, said Thursday after he stepped off a bus from Shreveport.
“The TV seems to always show the smiling faces, the babies, the cameras, the people waving flags. But it’s more to it than that, though. When we tried to voice our opinions about what was wrong, we were being ignored,” Lloyd said.
Army officials, meanwhile, said they had foiled an attempt by some Guardsmen from the 34rd Battalion, 136th Infantry to charter buses and join the exodus from the fort.
Friday, February 8, 1991
By JOC TAYLOR Associated Prass Writer
HAMPTON, Va. — When a $32 million F-1S gets a hole shot in its wing by Iraqi ground fire, somebody on the fighter’s maintenance crew may have to chug-a-lug a can of soda to make a repair.
If a stabilizer bar is damaged and there’s no spare, the ground crew will just forget about sweeping those Saudi Arabian sands out of the hangar and cut off the broom handle for a makeshift rod.
When it comes to war and keeping planes flying. Air Force technicians are taught to use whatever’s handy — even if that means borrowing a part from the general’s jeep, says Capt. Gary Fletcher of Langley Air Force Base.
“The airplane needs to go into combat more than the general needs to get around. It doesn’t do any good on the ground. I think any general would agree with that,” said Fletcher, who heads aircraft maintenance training at Langley, headquarters of the Tactical Air Command.
At Langley, aircraft maintenance specialists in electronics, hydraulics, fuel systems and other areas train for
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TheF-15 Is a singleseat, long-range air-combat fighter. Each F-15C Eagle interceptor is armed with eight air-to-air missiles, including four AIM-7F Sparrows which can be fired at up to 30 miles’ range.
battle damage repair. For two weeks, the technicians are taught the an o( the speedy fix. They get two days of refresher training every six months.
“We’re like medical triage in reverse,” said Fletcher, a 21-year Air Force veteran.
Just as a doctor in combat triage evaluates injuries and sets priorities for treating the wounded, a war zone aircraft assessor looks at damaged planes, consults with pilots and lines up jets for repairs. The reverse pan is that the least damaged planes get fixed first. With people, the most seriously injured are treated first.
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Sparc parts, of course, are the first choice for repairs. Bul in a pinch, mechanics use whatever’s available — even soda cans and broom handles.
“If it comes to the point where we had no sheet metal, they could use a Coke can,” said Master Sgt. George Winklcy, superintendent of aircraft maintenance training at Langley, “lf we’re out of parts, we use whatever we can get our hands on.”
Heavily damaged planes can become like junk cars, targets of quick-fix scavengers looking for parts to get another plane back in the air, Winklcy said.
U S. air-superiority fighters in the Guff include F-15B/C, F U
In case of a hole in the fuselage or wing, a piece of sheet metal — or soda can — can be cut to fit the opening and riveted to the skin. A special tape is put over the front edge to reduce wind resistance, and the repair is complete.
While peacetime aircraft repairs are strictly monitored by inspectors, and maintenance crews must follow detailed technical orders, ingenuity is needed for combat repairs, said Master Sgt. Joe Ramirez, manager of the battle combat training program at Langley.
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