OTIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. - Five members of the Royal Jordanian air force visited Otis Air National Guard Base for three weeks to train with the Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory team here recently.
The main focus of the training, which took place Jan. 25 to Feb. 12, was on measuring and calibrating various bore sight fixtures for the F-16 Fighting Falcon.
“We’re getting hands on training on the calibration of bore sight fixtures which are done for the alignment of the F-16. We had difficulty understanding the complicated measurement procedures for the fixtures so we came over to Otis Air National Guard Base to get training and then we’ll be able to do these complicated measurements by ourselves,” said Royal Jordanian air force Lt. Col. Nalby Lbzo, RJAF calibration laboratories officer in charge.
The Otis PMEL facility supports various airframes, more than 15,000 items, provides calibration, repairs, research and development to the field and it is the only Type II C lab in the Air National Guard, which means the lab has a room maintained at a constant 68 degrees Fahrenheit (plus or minus one degree), but the facility wasn’t the only reason they were selected to train the Royal Jordanian air force.
“We were asked by the Air Force to help train the Jordanians on the F-16 bore sights not only because we are the only Type II C lab in the Air National Guard, but because we have the expertise,” said Todd Morey, PMEL lab supervisor.
Much of that expertise comes in the form of PMEL Technician Timothy Yousey, who used to be an instructor at the U.S. Air Force’s PMEL school house located at Keesler AFB, Miss., and was assigned to teaching the RJAF members how to calibrate the bore sight fixtures.
“When you’re calibrating the bore sights a lot of it is about feel so it helps to have someone with more than 20 years of experience (Yousey) showing you how to approach the measurement rather than just pushing your way to the measurement,” said Morey.
The main goal of the training was to assist the RJAF in becoming self sufficient with bore sight fixture calibration so they can accomplish the work “in house” and eliminate the need to send parts to the United States.
“This will tremendously affect our air force because right now we don’t have the capability of training or the capability to calibrate these fixtures by ourselves so now we should be able to do these measurements by ourselves in Jordan,” said Colonel Lbzo.
As with most military endeavors, detailed coordination, planning and support from senior leadership was imperative to make this training partnership a reality; a fact that was not lost on the participants.
“The support of our leadership and proper funding is imperative to make these types of training partnerships a reality. We would like the spirit of cooperation to continue between the two countries,” said Rick Lawrence, PMEL superintendent.