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Osan Airmen Innovate Loading Operations

A 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team prepare to load munitions onto an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew loaded munitions onto the aircraft while the engines were running in an attempt to create a quick turnaround time for the aircraft to return to its flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

A 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team prepare to load munitions onto an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew loaded munitions onto the aircraft while the engines were running in an attempt to create a quick turnaround time for the aircraft to return to its flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, ensures that a munitions loader is secured to begin loading at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. Awrey led his team in the completion of a weapons load during a new loading operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, ensures that a munitions loader is secured to begin loading at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. Awrey led his team in the completion of a weapons load during a new loading operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Alquetra, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team member, moves a munitions loader into place before loading an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. Alquetra was able to ensure the munitions stayed in place as they loaded onto the aircraft through the conveyor system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Alquetra, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team member, moves a munitions loader into place before loading an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. Alquetra was able to ensure the munitions stayed in place as they loaded onto the aircraft through the conveyor system. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, signals U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Alquetra, 51st MXG standardized load crew team member, to lift munitions to load onto an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew was able to load munitions onto the aircraft and send it off in under an hour by performing the loading operation while the aircraft engines were still running after hot refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, signals U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ryan Alquetra, 51st MXG standardized load crew team member, to lift munitions to load onto an aircraft at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew was able to load munitions onto the aircraft and send it off in under an hour by performing the loading operation while the aircraft engines were still running after hot refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, secures munitions onto a jammer during a loading operation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew was able to load munitions onto the aircraft in record timing after performing a new loading operation method. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Nathaniel Awrey, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team lead, secures munitions onto a jammer during a loading operation at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. The crew was able to load munitions onto the aircraft in record timing after performing a new loading operation method. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Shane Harkness, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team member, prepares an aircraft for loading munitions at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. To minimize the down time of  aircraft during exercises and real world contingencies, the crew performed a loading operation with the aircraft engines running after hot refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Shane Harkness, 51st Maintenance Group standardized load crew team member, prepares an aircraft for loading munitions at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Nov. 2, 2018. To minimize the down time of aircraft during exercises and real world contingencies, the crew performed a loading operation with the aircraft engines running after hot refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 51st Maintenance Group developed a new approach to weapon loading operations expanding innovation Nov. 2.

In order to minimize the down time of an A-10 Thunderbolt II during exercise and real-world contingencies, crews performed loading operations after refueling while aircraft engines were running.

“This is the first of its kind here,” said Master Sgt. Brian Marchand, 51st MXG A-10 loading standardization team chief. “The quicker we load the aircraft while it’s on the ground, the faster we can get it back into the fight.”

Under this new method, the crew loaded more munitions in less time than the average time allotted to perform standard operations.

“This was a much faster process than the method we use now,” said Master Sgt. Paul Livaudais, 51st MXG weapons standardization superintendent. “With this new way we did it in about an hour and loaded six bombs along with 1,150 rounds of ammo and previously we would only load four bombs.”

After collecting data from this new method, the group plans to continue working toward new operations.

“With the data we ended up collecting today, we will be talking to other A-10 units within the Air Force and see if they’re doing similar tactics,” said Marchand. “Next, we will see if we can compare notes and maybe fine-tune our operations and make this process better for our Airmen.”