Date of Award


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Master of Science

First Advisor

David K. Vaughan, PhD

Second Advisor

Jacob Simons, PhD


The adoption of the 'Objective Wing' organization in the U.S. Air Force has realigned many base-level maintenance functions. Support equipment is currently maintained and accounted for by several units under the Logistics Group Commander. This research determined the feasibility and consequences of consolidating or realigning maintenance of powered and non-powered AGE, MMHE, engine trailers, and vehicles into one consolidated maintenance shop or unit per base. This study consulted many sources, ranging from occupational survey reports and career field education and training plans to actual field observations of maintenance processes and unstructured interviews of personnel and supervisors. This study determined that maintenance tasks, processes, and required competencies for Support equipment maintenance activities within aircraft maintenance are similar. Enough differences in training, maintenance information management systems, and maintenance philosophies exist between vehicle maintenance and AGE to dismiss the consolidation of these areas.

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Presented to the Faculty of the Graduate School of Logistics and Acquisition Management of the Air Force Institute of Technology