The following Evaluations 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.
TYPE I PLANT DIVISION (ASSEMBLY DIVISION I) - EVALUATION
(1 Jan - 30 June 1956)
The ability of the Division to perform its operational duties is considered very good. On the basis of past operations and studies it is the opinion of the Division Supervisor that it is possible to schedule a production rate only with minor variations between the final outcome and the original prediction.
The morale of the enlisted men in the Mechanical Bay has improved steadily over the past six months. The improvement can be seen in the desire of several of the "first hitch" airmen, who in the past had no intention of remaining in the service, to make the Air Force their career. This change in attitude can be credited at the least partly to the fact that in the past six months an actual production line has been in effect in the Mechanical Bay. This production line as contrasted to continual training and repeated operations such as storage inspections, has shown the men that they are not only capable of performing tasks, but that they can produce at an impressive rate if actually given the opportunity. It is imperative that this positive outlook be preserved in order that these personnel may be retained by the Air Force. Their ability and desire to produce, when directed in the right channels as has been the case in the past six months, will benefit the men, the Air Force, and the Nation. If this ability were stifled, it could well produce a neutral if not a negative effect on the personnel.
Overall appearance of the plant has been improved through the dual beautification plan which was accomplished on both plant interior and exterior. Future plant improvements are an office enclosure for the Mechanical Section, storage cabinets in M-Bay, and enclosed and insulated walls in the tunnels connecting the two main portions of the plant. The Division Supervisor considers the improvement in the past six months to be of a permanent nature. He is further confident that the Division can demonstrate its high proficiency in production any time it is called upon to do so.
(1 July - 31 December 1956)
The period covered in this historical report has seen numerous charges and improvements. At present, the Division is approximately forty percent (40%) overmanned according to the November UMD. This condition is rapidly changing through reassignment and normal attritional losses.
Weapon Production rates have improved considerably over the past six (6) month period. This has been due to the vigilance and efforts of all personnel in the Division to improve themselves and their methods of completing the task at hand. The appearance of the plant has improved with the addition of storage bins, tool boards, and new office space. This has been responsible for an uncluttered, clean look in the working area. With the extensive training program which is continually being conducted, it is felt that this division will maintain its high degree of proficiency.
(1 Jan - 30 June 1957)
During the six month period ending with this report, Plant personnel benefited considerably from the extensive training program instituted and carried on in the Plant. Fast indoctrination and thorough evaluation of newly assigned personnel helped to take up the slack caused by the continued loss of many valuable technical personnel to private industry. The most prominent problem concerning plant personnel is the uncertain future of the 332X1 career field (Nuclear) personnel. Their AFSC has been deleted and no official information has been received authorizing them a new AFSC, although they are undergoing informal OJT into the Weapons Fuzing Systems (331XX) field.
A change in the alert system has enabled Plant I to become operational well within the time required by EWP commitments. Personnel have also maintained a high degree of morale in the face of a steady heavy work load.
Informational policies on these work commitments and other operational necessities have been disseminated in an able and efficient manner by the Plant Supervisor. Plant I continued to maintain a high degree of proficiency throughout this past reporting period. .......................... (2 lines redacted by DOE.).........
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