The following documents were taken from the Historical Reports of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group, recently declassified by the Department of Energy, the Department of Defense, and the United States Air Force.

ASSEMBLY DIVISION - OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Go to 1 Jan - 30 June 1958

(1 July - 31 December 1957)

            In general during this reporting period, emphasis has been placed on "increase in quality" in the Assembly Division production of weapons.

            From July 15 to July 19, the Division was inspected by an Inspector General Proficiency Team furnished by AFSWP (word uncertain) in accordance with 3084th ADG Operations Order 157-58 dated 15 July 1957.  The inspection involved Plants I and II.

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            The Division was given a "Satisfactory rating" by the Inspection Team.  The Division felt the inspectors were very thorough.  Of primary concern to the inspectors was the degree of standardization which the Plants had achieved in working their weapons  As a result, the inspectors were not primarily concerned as much with quantity and proficiency as they were with the accuracy by which personnel followed prescribed procedures and check lists.

            The satisfactory rating was not "accepted" by the Assembly Division Staff.  In reviewing the discrepancies of the inspection with higher command, it was agreed that there was room for improvement in the Plants' operations.

            In August a new program of quality production was started.  With the arrival of new officers during that month, change of supervisory personnel was made and a program of orientation and on-the-job training for officers in their new positions was accomplished.

            Many changes were made in operational procedures and techniques.  These changes involved such items as revisions and additional supervisory check positions on check lists, increased supervision of mechanical and electrical teams and additional check sheets for supervisory personnel to insure quality production prior to inspections by the Control Inspectors.

            Graphs, charts and operational signs were made to assist plant personnel in correct operating procedures and methods.

            Moveable tool boards and roll-around testing stands were constructed to facilitate easy access to equipment, thus allowing more time to perform quality control and yet maintain the required standard rate of production.

            Increased supervision of personnel In the Electrical Branch of Plant I was accomplished by relocating the supervisors so they could better observe the operational activities.  Better power supply management and maintenance reduced discrepancies of power supplies.

            September saw the Mechanical Branch of Plant I re-evaluate all inspection and production procedures.  Check sheets were rewritten.  A new system was devised to have more supervisory inspections of the finished product and has proved very valuable.  In the following months discrepancies found by Military Inspectors were reduced from an average of seven (7) per weapon to an average of one point six (1.6) per weapon. ......................(1 line redacted by DOE.) ........ In addition to lowering discrepancies, production was increased by approximately 25 per cent.

            Plant II underwent an organizational change in September.  The personnel structure was reorganized into three (3) teams of six (6) airmen each, and one (1) officer charge of production with two (2) officers and three (3) airmen in charge of inspection, training and monitoring.   One (1) officer was assigned as over-all Plant Supervisor.

            Continuous revision was made during the remainder of this reporting period.  Production, however, was not compromised at any time.    ...........................................(19 lines redacted by DOE.) ................................................................  This program was complete the last week of August.

            The difficulty encountered with these weapons brought about a major change in the plants procedures.  One change is that all weapons used in an exercise are given visual and an electrical test by Plant personnel immediately upon their return from WCP.

.................................. (3 lines redacted by DOE.) .................................  All covers of weapons in storage were inspected and those units affected were cleaned.  A monthly inspection program was initiated to insure control of this problem.  ............................... (1 sentence redacted by DOE.) ....................  On 26 July a team of one (1) officer and two (2) airmen were sent to Wurtsmith AFB to change a defective X-unit.   ......................................... (16 lines redacted by DOE.) ...........................................

            On 15 November, seven large posters to depict proper painting, marking procedures and packaging materials were completed by personnel in the Electrical Branch for Plant I.  The use of these posters has proved very successful in eliminating discrepancies in operational activities.   ...........................................(20 lines redacted by DOE.)  .......................................................................................

(1 Jan - 30 June 1958)

            ....................... (3.5 lines redacted by DOE) ...........................Weapons were processed through the plants and returned to stockpile following the off-loading.

            All personnel in the Assembly Division were engaged in the 3079th Aviation Depot Wing Inspection, 27-31 January.  A comprehensive evaluation of each phase of operations, including technical phases of special weapons maintenance, was accomplished.  .................... (5.5 lines redacted by DOE) ..........................................  The Nuclear Teams performed two annual capsule inspections on training material in the "C" Structure utilizing Sandia Corporation facilities.  ........................... (3 lines redacted by DOE) .......................................

            A major portion of the Plant personnel worked extra hours in order to complete the unusually high requirements of the inspection.  The additional work afforded an opportunity for a complete evaluation of procedures and techniques. (Uncl)

            A number of minor discrepancies included in the inspection report were due to paper work which was not completed in accordance with existing Technical Orders.  Immediately after the inspection, supervisors and technicians corrected these discrepancies and emphasis was placed on paper work. (Uncl)

Exercise "Team Play" was conducted 12-13 February.   ......................... (4.5 lines redacted by DOE) .................................... Following the visual and final assembly tests, reacceptance inspections were accomplished.  ........................... (10 lines redacted by DOE) ........... Due to the poor condition in which these units were received, a considerable shortage of parts was experienced.  Supplies and parts were ordered on an immediate need basis and the units were gradually completed.  ................... (3.5 lines redacted by DOE) ............  Considerable difficulty was experienced in getting units to pressure check after the ALT had been completed.  The cause of the trouble seemed to come from inserts not properly seating during installation.  Rework of two units was required.

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Three MK 15 Mod 2, two MK 21 Mod 0, and one MK 36 Mod 1 trainer storage inspections were performed.

            Routine maintenance and calibration of test equipment was conducted as scheduled.  Power supplies for Type I weapons were maintained by Plant I personnel.  Plant maintenance was a continuing process.  Both Plants and offices were repainted to brighten the work areas and improve appearance.

            Check sheets on all weapons were revised periodically to bring them up to date and eliminate as many errors as possible. (Uncl)

 

Ed. Note:  From this point, the 3084th Aviation Depot Group Semiannual Historical Reports were reduced to a summary AMC Form 268 (Sep 58) and a few brief comments, etc.  This resulted in a reduction in content, details, and useful historical information.  It is my opinion that this change was directed from higher headquarters in order to reduce the amount of time and effort dedicated to the composition and preparation of these reports.  From an historical perspective, it is regrettable.  These summarized reports are available as PDF files, and are located at the end of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group Mission and Command link.