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Hangar renovation provides wing with maintenance space for operations

Renovated Maintenance Hangar

920th Maintenance Squadron Airmen work on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a phase maintenance inspection inside the newly renovated hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

Renovated Maintenance Hangar

920th Maintenance Squadron Airmen work on an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter during a phase maintenance inspection inside the newly renovated hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Kelly Goonan)

PATRICK SPACE FORCE BASE, Fla. --

As the result of a $15.1 million project, the refurbishment of a 920th maintenance hangar completed this month has given a new tool to the 920th Maintenance Group for upkeep on the wing’s aircraft.

The hangar allows for elemental protection for maintenance personnel to accomplish their work more effectively as well as provide important corrosion protection for the aircraft.

“It brings the physical space, but also a lot of pride in our place of work and a boost to morale, since we are no longer operating out of dilapidated facilities and cramped work centers. We have two squadrons now working in a hangar that has been completely renovated and refurbished for our exact requirements; something we’ve looked forward to for a long time,” said Lt. Col. George Cole, 920th Maintenance Group commander.

The renovated hanger provides the 920th Maintenance and 720th Aircraft Maintenance Squadrons with the space requirement for much of their maintenance functions to include back-shop avionics, the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter phase inspections and much needed administrative staff office space. Up until now, these operations were being accomplished in shared space and out of temporary trailers.

The project, which started in 2015, provides the 720 AMXS with their own work space, including a command suite, for the first time since it stood up,” said Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Baxley, 720th AMXS superintendent.

The Maintenance Group is anticipating the ability to make great improvements to their processes and their overall efficiency. The outcome is ultimately a gain in productivity that will lower response time for maintenance and supply, resulting in an increase in aircraft availability to squadrons flying both the HH-60 Pave Hawk and HC-130J Combat King II aircraft.

“Sortie generation depends on maintenance processes and tasks. Aircraft are generated more efficiently and with greater ease to the maintainer when we have the exact facilities and equipment we need,” said Lt. Col. Cole.

Maintenance operations are currently taking place inside the newly refurbished hangar and it will have a direct impact on the wing’s maintenance capabilities in support of its mission to plan, lead, and conduct military rescue operations to deny competitors and adversaries exploitation of isolated personnel.