Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A C-5M Super Galaxy takes off from Runway 01-19 Aug. 2, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This is the first Team Dover C-5M to take off after a two-and-a-half-week Air Mobility Command commander-directed stand-down. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A C-5M Super Galaxy undergoes a nose landing gear maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the Air Mobility Command commander-directed stand-down, more than 200 Team Dover maintainers conducted extensive inspections to ensure the safety of Mobility Airmen and equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

Capt. Gabriel Narvaez, 9th Airlift Squadron pilot, goes through preflight procedures prior to takeoff Aug. 2, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB is home to a fleet of 18 C-5Ms that provide Rapid Global Mobility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A C-5M Super Galaxy’s nose landing gear retracts inside during a maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Dover AFB operates a fleet of 18 C-5Ms. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A C-5M Super Galaxy’s landing gear retracts moments after takeoff Aug. 2, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. An Air Mobility Command commander directive halted all C-5M flying operations at Dover AFB following two C-5M nose landing gear malfunctions within a 60-day period during landings at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

Senior Master Sgt. Ralph Ritter, 512th Maintenance Squadron maintenance support flight; Keith Frye, 436th MXS repair and reclamation foreman; and Michael Kealty, 436th MXS work lead 10 crew lead, inspect a C-5M Super Galaxy’s nose landing gear during a maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. During the stand-down, Team Dover maintainers conducted extensive C-5M nose landing gear inspections to ensure that the gears properly extend and retract. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

Master Sgt. Duane Lewis, 512th Maintenance Squadron aero repair craftsman, right, and Staff Sgt. Andrew Kim, 436th MXS aerospace maintenance journeyman, operate a hydraulic pumping unit to jack-up a C-5M Super Galaxy undergoing an operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The C-5M’s nose end was jacked up several inches so that the landing gear could fully extend and retract. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A C-5M Super Galaxy’s nose landing gear undergoes a maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Two C-5M nose landing gear malfunctions within a 60-day period during landings at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain, halted all Dover C-5M flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight

A 9th Airlift Squadron aircrew undergoes preflight procedures Aug. 2, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The 9th AS is Team Dover’s active duty squadron that operates the C-5M. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

Team Dover C-5s return to the fight
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Staff Sgt. Montana Jones, 9th Airlift Squadron flight engineer, undergoes preflight procedures Aug. 2, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. This is the first Team Dover C-5M mission to launch since repairs were made to the nose landing gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Maintainers connect a hydraulic hose to a C-5M Super Galaxy undergoing a nose landing gear maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Maintenance Airmen from the Air Force’s three other C-5 bases travelled to Dover AFB to learn the processes undertaken here at Dover. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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Team Dover maintainers connect an aircraft jack to a C-5M Super Galaxy during a nose landing gear maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. The maintainers were a total force team, comprised of active duty, Reserve and civilian Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

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A C-5M Super Galaxy undergoes a nose landing gear maintenance operations check July 28, 2017, at Dover Air Force Base, Del. Maintenance crews inspected the nose landing gear of Team Dover’s C-5M fleet to ensure that they are operating correctly and safely. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Zachary Cacicia)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. – The first of Team Dover’s C-5M Super Galaxy airlifters took flight early Aug. 2 after a two-and-a-half-week Air Mobility Command commander-directed stand-down.

In a letter dated Aug. 1, Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, AMC commander, released five Dover AFB aircraft for immediate tasking. Those aircraft have had the necessary repairs to ensure the proper extension and retraction of the nose landing gear. The remainder of the Dover C-5 fleet remains on stand-down pending successful testing, repairs, and evaluation of nose landing gear.

"My top priority is safety and readiness of our fleet," said Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander. "Our Airmen are working deliberately and methodically at Dover and across the command to identify and resolve any issues impacting the C-5 fleet. We have put measures in place to ensure aircrew safety and reduce wear-and-tear on the aircraft."

Maintainers at Dover have been critical to quickly assessing and bringing about potential solutions.

"Team Dover has been at the forefront of the investigation, evaluation, and resolution for the C-5M nose gear malfunction, supported by staff, project office, engineers and teammates from total force bases at Scott, Robins, Travis, Westover and many more," said Col. Ethan Griffin, 436th Airlift Wing commander. "Our maintainers, aircrew and safety personnel are absolutely committed to delivering excellence and Dover pride while ensuring the continued viability of the C-5M enterprise and Rapid Global Mobility for our nation's defense."

The AMC commander directive, dated July 17, halted C-5M flying operations at Dover AFB following two C-5M nose landing gear malfunctions within a 60-day period during landings at Naval Air Station Rota, Spain. After careful consideration by Gen. Everhart, the decision was made to ensure the safety of Mobility Airmen.

During the stand-down, Team Dover maintainers conducted extensive C-5M nose landing gear inspections to identify, analyze and repair the issue.

This effort was a true Total Force endeavor. The maintenance crews were comprised of more than 200 active duty, Reserve and civilian Airmen. Additionally, engineers from Robins AFB, Georgia and Ogden Air Logistics Complex, Hill AFB, Utah, were part of the effort.

“When the fleet stood down, most of the maintenance Airmen took it to heart,” said Lt. Col. Shawn Stermer, 436th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander. “They took it very seriously and they wanted to be the ones who figured out a solution to bring us out of this stand-down. Many of them worked extended shifts in order to bring our C-5 enterprise back.”

A large portion of this work was only accomplished because of cooperation between the active duty and Reserve Airmen working side-by-side.

“Our Reserve team worked alongside the active duty in several phases of the stand-down,” said Col. Sherry Teague, 512th Maintenance Group commander. “From research to the actual work and testing, our 512th maintenance personnel stepped up and provided decades of experience to the problem-solving process."

Maintenance Airmen from the Air Force’s three other C-5 bases travelled to Dover AFB to learn the processes undertaken here at Dover. The goal is for them to become proficient at these inspections so they can return to their home bases to complete these inspections on their own C-5 fleets. These bases are Travis AFB, California; Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts; and Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

During the stand-down, Mobility Airmen continued to provide Rapid Global Mobility support for the warfighter. The stand down affected 18 of AMC’s 56 C-5s.

All C-5 ball screw assembly parts fleet-wide will be replaced to ensure compliance with standards of performance and maximize aircrew safety.