HANDLING DIVISION - MISSION STATEMENTS

            The Handling Division's mission remained essentially the same over the operational periods of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group.  The mission statements shown below are abstracted from the declassified Historical Reports of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group, 1956 - 1959.


(1 Jan - 30 June 1956)

            The mission of the Handling Division is to breakout, deliver to the assembly plants, disperse, convoy to the WCP (Ed. note:  WCP = weapon control point) or loading aircraft, and return to storage, the weapons and components utilized by this station. 

            The personnel currently authorized in this Division are 2 officers and 48 airmen.  These airmen are in the 463xx, 551xx, and 603xx career fields.  Currently there are 13 airmen in the Automotive Maintenance career field (471xx) still remaining in this Division.  Although the 471xx career field was not authorized on the Unit Manning Document for this Division, these individuals have performed exceedingly well in their assigned duties and responsibilities and much of the success of this Division in fulfilling its primary mission was directly attributed to their efforts.  Many of them wish to convert from their 471xx AFSC to the 463xx career field in the near future.

(1 July - 31 December 1956)

            (Ed. note:  The mission statement for this Division remained exactly the same as the previous period's statement.)

            The personnel authorized by the UMD (Ed. note - Unit Manning Document) dated 1 Nov 56 were 2 officers and 17 airmen.  The authorized AFSC's are in the 463xx, 551xx and 702xx career fields.  During the period of this report, 32 airmen were received direct from school with the AFSC 463xx, resulting in an overage of personnel according to the UMD strength. The personnel considered overage in this division, as well as those authorized, have been organized into handling teams and are thus being utilized at all times and maintaining their proficiency by so doing.  Some of the overages have been absorbed through the plants or by discharges or loss through PCS (Ed. note - Permanent Change of Station) transfers.  It is estimated that all overages will be diminished in the near future through these methods, thus bringing the division to its authorized strength.
            A problem had existed within this division, during the previous reporting period, concerning 13 471xx personnel utilized by this division.  These airmen were transferred to Support Squadron in September 1956.  Five of these airmen were still being utilized in Handling Division and were reclassified to the 463xx field due to their extensive knowledge and work in the 463xx field.

(1 Jan - 30 June 1957)

MISSION

            The mission of the Handling Division is to breakout, deliver to the assembly plants, disperse, convoy to WCP or loading aircraft and return to storage the weapons and components utilized by this Station.

ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL

            Personnel authorized this Division by the UMD, dated 1 November 1956, were two officers and seventeen airmen. The authorized AFSC's are in the 463XX, 551XX, and 702XX career fields.

            Lt. V. J. Scuderi, assigned as Deputy Chief, Handling Division, has acted as Chief, Handling Division during the Period of this report.  Captain Diffendale, Chief, Handling Division, has been utilized as Acting Operations and Plans Officer in the Headquarters Section of the 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron.

            Overage of personnel within this Division was slowly diminished by Plant absorption, discharges and PCS transfers.  At the end of the reporting period, the duty strength was one officer and thirty airmen.

            Since the time of the last history, the problem of converting the 471XX airmen assigned to this Division to the 463XX field has been alleviated.  Four of these airmen were converted to the 463XX field at the 30 level.  Since their conversion, these airmen have accomplished training in both Assembly Plants and have achieved the 50 level in their new career field.

            The Station EWP has placed a greater demand on Handling Division, especially in the reduced time allowed for breakout and delivery.  Consequently, a new alert system was established which made equipment and personnel available on an instantaneous "around-the-clock" basis.  This new alert system has proved effective during operations, and participation in joint training exercises with Westover.  The composition of this alert system was as follows: Division strength was divided into three shifts, with each shift composed of two NCO's and approximately eight airmen.  These shifts worked the following alternating schedule: one shift on continuous duty for 24 hours, second shift on a 12 hour alert and the third shift on a four hour stand-by, rotating every 24 hours.  In the event of a continuous operation, the shift on four hour alert will be divided between the shift on duty and shift on 12 hour alert, thus reverting to a two shift system.

TRAINING

            The training of augmentation personnel assigned to this Division from other activities has been continued during this report.  These personnel were utilized in past operations and will be utilized to a much greater extent in the future. This Division has trained a total of 21 augmentation personnel, all of whom have been utilized during operations at various times.

            Training of personnel for upgrading has taken great strides in this Division during the period of this report. A total of 24 airmen have attained proficiency and been upgraded to the 46350 level.  These men were trained in assembly procedures as well as in handling duties.  The training of personnel has shown positive results in the effective accomplishment of the mission and normal activities.

            An aggressive safety program has been established by this Division with all personnel showing a high degree of cooperation.  The safety program has been accomplished by a systematic follow-up program and has been made an essential part of our training.

            The training of personnel in Handling Division resulted in a better trained airman, qualified in both types of assembly as well as handling duties.

(1 July - 31 December 1957)

MISSION

             The mission of the Handling Division is to breakout, deliver to the assembly plants, disperse, convoy to WCP or loading aircraft and return to storage the weapons and components utilized by this Station.

ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL

            Personnel authorized this Division by the UMD, dated 1 Nov 56, were two officers and seventeen airmen.  The authorized AFSC's are in the 463XX, 551XX, and 702XX career fields.

            Capt William G. Rogers, assigned as Deputy Chief, Handling Division has acted as Chief Handling Division since the discharge of 1st Lt Vincent J. Scuderi, former Deputy Chief, Handling Division on 23 Sep 57.  Capt Frederick H. Diffendale, Chief Handling Division has been utilized as acting Operations and Plans Officer in the Headquarters Section of the 3097th Aviation Depot Squadron.

            Overage of personnel within this Division was slowly diminished by plant absorption, discharges and PCS transfers.  At the end of the reporting period, the duty strength was one officer and twenty-seven airmen.

            The early delivery schedule required by the station EWP necessitated that Handling Division remain on an instantaneous "around-the-clock" alert.  The composition of this alert system was as follows: Division strength was divided into three shifts, with each shift composed on one NCO and approximately eight airmen.  These shifts worked the following alternating schedule: one shift on continuous duty for 24 hours, second shift on a 12 hour alert and a third shift on a four hour stand-by, rotating every 24 hours.  In the event of a continuous operation, the shift on four hour alert was divided between the shift on duty and the shift on 12 hour alert, thus reverting to a two shift system.

TRAINING

            The training of augmentation personnel assigned to this Division from other activities has been continued during this reporting period.  These personnel were utilized in past operations and will continue to be utilized in the future.  This Division has trained a total of 12 augmentation personnel, all of whom have been utilized during operations at various times.

            Training of personnel for upgrading has been stymied in this Division since all personnel, with exception of two NCOs, have reached the highest point they can achieve at their present rank.  One of the two NCOs mentioned above is presently on OJT for a 7 level in the 463XX field, however the other NCO was prevented from OJT because a slot did not exist.

            A continuous program of proficiency training was carried out. This training of personnel has shown positive results in the effective accomplishment of the mission and normal activities of this division.

            An aggressive safety program was established by this Division with all personnel showing a high degree of cooperation. The safety program was accomplished by a systematic follow-up program and has been made an essential part of our training.

            The training of personnel in Handling Division resulted in a better trained airman, qualified in both types of assembly as well as handling duties.

(1 Jan - 30 June 1958)

MISSION

            The mission of the Handling Division is to breakout, deliver to the assembly plants, disperse, convoy to the Weapons Control Point (WCP) or aircraft loading area, and return to storage the weapons and components utilized by this station.

ORGANIZATION AND PERSONNEL

            This division is authorized two officers and seventeen airmen with AFSCs in the 463XX, 551XX, and 702XX career fields. (Uncl)

            Captain William G. Rogers, Deputy Chief Handling Division, acted as Chief Handling Division for the greater portion of this period. At the close of this reporting period the strength of this division is two officers and thirty-five airmen. (Uncl)

            A three shift alert system in use by this Division has made equipment and personnel available for Emergency War Plan exercises on an instantaneous "around-the-clock" basis.  Each shift is composed of one NCO and approximately eight airmen. The shifts work the following schedule - One shift on continuous 24 hour duty on the station, a second shift on 12 hour alert, and a third shift on a 4 hour alert in their quarters.  Each shift rotates after their 24 hour duty.  In the event of an exercise, the shift on 4 hour alert is divided between the shift on duty and the shift on 12 hour alert, thus reverting to a two shift system.

            During the critical opening minutes of all delivery schedules, the first weapons to be delivered were broken out from one igloo and rushed to the "Q" Gate for assembly of the security convoy.  These weapons were then convoyed under route security protection to the WCP on orders from the Operations Center. In this manner, the initial delivery time requirement to SAC was exceeded.

TRAINING

            The training of personnel attached to this division from Plant I and II has been continued during this reporting period.  A total of twelve augmentation personnel have been trained and have gained experience during operations and exercises. (Uncl)

            A continuous proficiency training program has shown positive results in mission accomplishment, resulting in better trained airmen. (Uncl)

            Captain Rogers attended a seven week Jet Qualification Course at Craig AFB, Alabama, beginning 13 May. (Uncl)

            An aggressive safety program has been established by this Division with all personnel displaying a high degree of cooperation.  Accidents have been held to a minimum. (Uncl)