Manger, GBSD Maintenance (TSgt-MSgt) - Detachment 3, Hill AFB, Utah
Roles & Responsibilities: Represents maintenance perspective across 2M0X1, 2M0X2, and 2M0X3 career fields as a Mission Thread Lead (MTL) and may include coordination with Ops, Cops, and Comm/Cyber. Manages Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) early influence through a Combined Test Force (CTF) effort with contractors and Developmental Test and initial test design activities for GBSD suitability/maintainability measures. Represents AFOTEC in CTF teams to refine requirements and inject OT&E philosophy. Supports OT&E planning, execution, and reporting in multi-service acquisition programs to determine weapon system suitability and to stay informed and relay information/questions that may impact OT&E. Team Chief, training, and/or QA experience is beneficial.
Program Manager, Strategic Deterrence (MSgt) - HQ AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
Roles & Responsibilities: Manages Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) early influence and initial test design activities for ICBM & GBSD programs. Supports OT&E planning, execution, and reporting of AF and multi-service acquisition programs to determine effectiveness, suitability and mission capability. Represents AFOTEC at HAF led high performance teams to refine requirements and inject OT&E philosophy. Directly coordinates with acquisitions and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) leadership. Develops relevant OT&E strategies with multi-service, HAF, MAJCOM and acquisition community participation. Resolves program OT&E issues.
Det 3 Superintendent Position (SMSgt) - Detachment 3, Hill AFB Utah
Provides leadership to 47 military & civilian/contractor personnel within Detachment 3 and two geographically separated locations at Offutt AFB, Nebraska and Vandenberg SFB, CA. Sustains Operational Test & Evaluation (OT&E) for 6 Nuclear replacement and NC3 programs worth $94B. Contributes to operational direction & test policy development. Oversees manning, fitness, & training programs. Apprises commander on duty performance/management issues of diverse force comprised of 14 different AFSCs. Advises leadership on professional military education, performance reporting & career advancement. Manages awards program. Serves as Detachment’s Additional Duty First Sergeant.
The Air Force’s LGM-35A Sentinel (formerly Ground Based Strategic Deterrent or GBSD) weapon system is a complete modernization of the land-based leg of the U.S. nuclear triad. This program stands as a foundational change in Operational Test early involvement. AFOTEC involvement started in 2014, years before the historical OT involvement timeframe. Operational testers have reviewed numerous Preliminary Designs. The most impactful design review recommendation was in the design of the new Sentinel Missile emplacement truck and trailer. The contractor design was far too large for the rural environment the weapon system was to be fielded. Feedback from operational testers that have firsthand experience driving large vehicles in that environment, identified that the truck would not make the tight turns or make it through small bridges. The early operational input steered the contractor to completely redesigned the truck and trailer before it was ever built.
Mk-21A Reentry Vehicle (RV)
The new Reentry Vehicle (RV) replaces Mk12A & will be used on the Sentinel. The program is being run in conjunction with W87-1. AFOTEC Detachment 3 is participating in the first Pathfinder Pad launch July 2022 of the prototype MK21A RV/W87-1 for integrated test under Contractor testing and Developmental testing with Operational observation.
The ICBM Fuze Modernization Program is a form, fit, and functionally equivalent replacement for the existing legacy Mk21 Arming and Fuzing Assembly (AFA), with no planned capability increase. The Fuze determines distance, speed, etc. & calculates when to send firing signals to the W87-0 warhead at a pre-determined point in flight. In 2021, the AFOTEC test team synchronized with Sandia National Labs (SNL) and Air Force Nuclear Weapon Center (AFNWC), to observe the program’s operational effectiveness, suitability, and readiness for Initial Operational Test and Evaluation, in support of the Fuze’s Milestone C decision. The AFOTEC test team observed various ground test events, culminating in Ground Test Unit 3C (GTU 3C) during September/October 2020. GTU 3C represented the most comprehensive and operationally representative performance test to date, and included a “hardware in the loop” test of a pre-production AFA across a full range of normal and abnormal flight profiles with all fuzing modes. The AFOTEC test team observed all test events and collected observations.