(The following information is abstracted from the declassified Historical Reports of the 3084th Aviation Depot Group from 1 Jan 1956 to 31 Dec 1959.)

NUCLEAR DIVISION

(1 Jan - 30 June 1956)

Mission Statement

            The mission of the Nuclear Division is to assure and maintain the high quality and security of the nuclear components in stockpile at this site.

            To accomplish this mission, specific procedures and standards are followed.  This division assures the high quality of all  nuclear components in stockpile by periodically inspecting each one, insuring that it meets the required standards for use in a weapon.  It maintains the high quality by replacing component parts as necessary.  The Division further assures that all nuclear components and all information concerning these components is secure, and that all personnel who enter the nuclear structure are well versed in the established safety and security programs and observe the requirements of these programs.

Training

            During the six month period, January to July 1956, the Nuclear Division conducted an extensive training program through which the Division was able to maintain a high level of proficiency in carrying out its mission.

            All Nuclear Officers and Salvage Appraisal and Recovery Officers (SARC's) from Type I & II Divisions have undergone a training program consisting of periodic briefings and inspections  of B-36 and B-47 type aircraft under the supervision of Nuclear personnel.  All personnel utilized as couriers and drivers in the transporting of nuclear components have been thoroughly briefed and indoctrinated.

            All officer personnel, presently assigned to the Division have received cross-training in other fields at this site by being assigned additional duties and actually performing the required tasks.  Nuclear officers have trained in the fields of training (group, squadron, and division level), personnel administration, food service, security, Operation Squadron adjutant, and Special Weapons Supply.  The officers involved have benefited greatly from the experience gained in this training program.

            For the personnel assigned full time to the Division, a proficiency training program has been conducted, consisting of daily classes in mathematics, electronics, English, and special weapons types and utilization.   The objective of this program was to improve the required educational level of personnel involved.  Division personnel also participated in extensive surveillance work in the laboratory, which was required because of the influx of new personnel in the Division and new equipment installed in the laboratory.  This training was conducted in addition to the technical training programs of the Squadron.

(1 July - 31 December 1956)

Mission Statement

            The mission of the Nuclear Division is to assure and maintain the high quality and security of the nuclear components in stockpile at this site.

            To accomplish this mission, specific procedures and standards are followed.  This division assures the high quality of all  nuclear components in stockpile by periodically inspecting each unit, insuring that it meets the required standards for use in a weapon.  It maintains the high quality by replacing component parts as necessary.  The Division further assures that all nuclear components and all information concerning these components is secure, and that all personnel who enter the nuclear structure are well versed in the established safety and security programs and observe the requirements of these programs.  The above standards were adhered to through proper personnel utilization was indicated in the Organizational-Functional Chart (view PDF)

Training

            During the period of this report, the Nuclear Division conducted an extensive training program.  Through this training, the Division was able to maintain a high level of proficiency in carrying out its mission.

            All Nuclear officers and salvage appraisal and recovery officers (SARO's) have kept current on new weapons and aircraft.  All personnel utilized as couriers and drivers in the transportation of nuclear components have been thoroughly briefed and indoctrinated.  All officer personnel presently assigned to the division have cross-trained in other career fields as shown in the "Personnel" section.  The officers involved have benefited greatly from the experience gained in this training.

            For the personnel assigned full time to the division, a proficiency training program has been conducted consisting of daily classes in mathematics, electronics, and special weapon types and utilization.  The objective of the program was to maintain and improve the educational level of personnel involved.  In addition to division training, A/1C K. S. Randall, Jr. attended Radiac Instrument F&O Maintenance School in September at Lowry AFB, Colorado.

            The main activity of the division was to conduct a comprehensive training program for all officers on the station, and 331XX enlisted personnel in the nuclear field.  In accordance with instructions received, this division conducted a formal school for approximately 60 officers and airmen to cross-train in nuclear duties.  This was accomplished in a series of two-week schools with approximately 15 officers and airmen in each class.  Subject matter included nuclear physics, radioactivity, nuclear safety, and electronics.  One-half of the time was devoted to actual laboratory activities.  (view PDF of training schedule)

            All division personnel were utilized as instructors. Nuclear proficiency within the division has improved as a result of the research involved in preparing lesson plans for the school.