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C-17 FIELD SUPPORT GROUP ESTABLISHED AT CHARLESTON AFB

 C-17 FIELD SUPPORT GROUP ESTABLISHED AT CHARLESTON AFB
 CHARLESTON AFB, S.C., Sept. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Support for U.S. Air Force C-17 airlifter operations has shifted into high gear with establishment of a McDonnell Douglas field office here, along with shipment of parts, manuals and support equipment.
 A staff of seven, headed by James Kellim, the company's general manager for Deployment, is now based at Charleston. They are supporting deployment efforts leading up to fielding of the first operational C-17 squadron at Charleston at the end of 1994.
 The first C-17 is scheduled for delivery to Charleston early next year. It will be the sixth production C-17 and currently is in final assembly at McDonnell Douglas' Long Beach, Calif., facility.
 "We will be providing engineering and technical data support during buildup of the first C-17 squadron," Kellim said. McDonnell Douglas also will operate a contractor-operated storage site for parts and equipment at the Air Mobility Command base, Kellim said.
 "Our staff is expected to grow to more than 50 employees when training as well as maintenance and operational capability activities peak in 1993 -- as more C-17s are delivered," Kellim said.
 McDonnell Douglas sent its first shipment of support equipment to Charleston on Aug. 13. The shipment was "the culmination of several years of effort by McDonnell Douglas to complete the design, procure the equipment and complete compatibility testing to ensure the tools and equipment are properly integrated with the aircraft in order to maintain and support it throughout its service life," said Ken Nordstrom, the company's general manager for C-17 Support Equipment.
 Earlier, more than 2,300 line items of spare parts -- including large items such as auxiliary power units (APUs) -- had been shipped to the facility, catalogued by computer and placed in storage.
 Meanwhile, the first U.S. Air Force pilots began training at Charleston AFB in August in the new aircrew training system building. Loadmasters are scheduled to begin training in November.
 McDonnell Douglas Training Systems is managing the aircrew training program for the Air Force. The regimen at Charleston includes a specialized computer-based program, simulator training and static ground training. The 12 flight crew members complete training at Charleston in December and then move to Edwards AFB, Calif., in early January where they will receive flight training conducted by the Combined Test Force.
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