HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --
It is common for individuals to picture pilots or aircraft when they think of the United States Air Force. The mission of the USAF is to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.
However, pilots would not be able to do their job if it was not for all the support functions, including the members of Squadron Aviation Resource Management.
“Making sure pilots are clear to step is the most important part of my job,” said Staff Sgt. Joshua Lima, 311th Fighter Squadron aviation resource management noncommissioned officer in charge. “If we are not maintaining records, then they’re not meeting regulations and they’re not legal to fly. If we do not (stay diligent at work), we would have pilots stepping illegally.”
The SARM is in charge of maintaining all the records for pilots in the squadron. Because of their importance to the squadron, they work the same hours as the pilots, morning and night shifts.
“Typically there is one NCO and three Airmen, we work shifts because the flying schedule can range from the morning all the way to the night,” said Lima. “We have a data base where we track flying training, ground training, flying hours and make sure people are legal to fly. We work the operations desk and basically anytime someone comes to us for something, we’re tracking it.”
There are different sections or jobs available to these individuals due to the technical training they are provided. For instance, Host Aviation Resource Management services every flier on base with any problems they may have, such as incorrect flight pay or providing aeronautical orders. Being SARM for different aircraft types, such as remotely piloted aircraft, offers new opportunities to the Airmen in this career field.
“My favorite part is seeing all the aspects of our job,” said Senior Airman Krystal Gray, 311th FS aviation resource manager. “We are SARM and HARM, but we can also be scheduling, which I got a little taste of at the 704th Test Group. It’s just really cool seeing everything that we do.”
Typically the only enlisted personnel assigned to fighter squadrons work in the SARM office. Of the four assigned to the 311th FS, they have an array of additional duties including facility manager, information technology assurance manager and emergency management.
Lima and Gray both agree that there is not specifically a hard part to their job and they both enjoy being SARM because it makes them feel close to the Air Force mission.
“Being assigned to the fighter squadron makes me feel like I’m really a part of the mission,” said Lima. “If 12 pilots step at the same time it can get kind of hectic and crazy, because everyone’s calling in stuff at the same time, but I really like it.”
The diligence of the Airmen in the 311th FS aviation resource management shop ensure that the pilots are signed off on training and legal to fly. This means as an Air Force we are ready to complete the mission at a moment’s notice.