19 MXG conducts “Combat Isochronal Inspection” on C-130J

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  • By Airman 1st Class Saisha Cornett
  • 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 19th Maintenance Group conducted the first Combat Isochronal Inspection on a C-130J Super Hercules at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, March 26-29, 2024.

The Combat Isochronal Inspection, a modified version of the traditional "B" letter check, typically requires around 10 days to complete with a sizable team. However, the 19 MXG has streamlined the process, completing the inspection in just five days with a team of 40 members working in two 12-hour shifts. The primary objective of this inspection is to underscore the Air Force's dedication to ensuring aircraft readiness in the face of potential conflict.

“We would have a scheduled inspection of seven to 10 days and then another two days to fly back, so we lose 14 days rather than doing it out here where it only took us five days,” said Tech. Sgt. Garrett Kester, 19th Maintenance Squadron isochronal production supervisor. This condensed timeframe focuses on safety of flight inspections and addressing high-priority items, ensuring that the aircraft can remain in operation for extended periods without compromising safety.

Despite encountering challenges such as equipment limitations, the dedication and teamwork exhibited by the maintenance team have been instrumental in overcoming obstacles and achieving success.

“We’re going to have to be proficient by ourselves,” said Senior Airman Timothy Ruiz, 19th MXS aerospace maintenance journeyman. “We were able to figure out situations and solve them with all our knowledge combined.”

As the 19 MXG concludes its inspection, it sets a new standard for maintenance excellence and operational readiness. With a commitment to innovation, efficiency, and military proficiency, the Air Force stands prepared to meet any challenges that lie ahead, reaffirming its status as a global leader in airpower.