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October 13, 2015

USAF begins to test new mobile mission kit

The Air Force Reserve Command team tested the mobile mission kit (MMK) with the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, making the 94th AW the first unit in the Air Force to test out this new system.

By Samseer M

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The Air Force Reserve Command team tested the mobile mission kit (MMK) with the 94th Airlift Wing at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, making the 94th AW the first unit in the Air Force to test out this new system.

The first-of-its-kind MMK is designed to document flight information, saving at least $19m in man hours.

Mobility Operations Division AFRC Chief Colonel Paul Webb said: "Dobbins was chosen, first, because of their proximity to AFRC, and because the leadership of the 22nd Air Force and the 94th AW were very supportive.

"However, the more involved reason is because it is a C-130 base, and the C-130 is a grease-board, analog culture rather than a digital culture."

The new application is installed on a tablet device that allows flight crew to input all of the information they are required to fill out on the Air Force form 781, which is used to track flight times and help with pay.

It will also enable everyone to see the data in real time, allowing crew to make corrections. An added benefit is that Air Force Instructions are plugged into the coding.

"No matter how good you are at your job, you will miss something, the MMK should eliminate all errors."

700th Airlift Squadron aviation resource manager Staff Sergeant Chantel Benjamin said: "One of the biggest changes the MMK will make is eliminating error.

"No matter how good you are at your job, you will miss something, the MMK should eliminate all errors.

"It calculates the time, which is where we make most of our mistakes."

The application will be tested at various bases over the next few months.


Image: Colonel Kevin Webb, Air Force Reserve Command Chief of Mobility Operations Division, demonstrates some of the functions of the Mobile Mission Kit during a test phase of the unit held at Dobbins Air Reserve Base. Photo: courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo / Don Peek.

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