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Robins workers in the F-15 shops reached a milestone.

After more than a year of changing the way they make repairs, they're not only producing more aircraft, but producing them on time.

The F-15 maintenance workers are known as the Eagle Keepers. They are the men and women who tear down, build-up and return to flight the F-15s at Robins.

But for several years, they didn't return enough of them to the Air Force fleet. For 22 months none, as in zero, went back to service on-time.

That's changing, says Air Logistics Complex Commander Brigadier General Walter Lindsley.

He said, "For the first time since 2009, we produced eight F-15s in the month of April. Two of those actually yielded on time. Two were on time start to finish. They made it all the way through the machine for the first time in 22 months."

That matters to the pilots who fly the planes and to the future of Robins.

Just like a business, the workers need to do on-time, quality work to compete.

That's particularly important with legislators predicting a 2017 or 2018 round of Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC.

Lindsley said, "They gotta be really good, really well synchronized."

Brig. Gen. Lindsley says that synchronization is what's producing the results.

Base leaders identified best practices for F-15 repairs and the metrics to measure progress last year.

Then in January, workers started following that path. They meet at the beginning and end of every shift, so every team member knows the game plan.

Lindsley said, "Now, you have not only the management fully understanding what the plan of attack is and synchronizing to that plan, but you have the entire professional workforce, technical team doing so."

Lindsley says the Eagle Keepers set a goal of continuing to produce eight F-15s each month, with each one passing through the cycle in 24 days.

That's ambitious he says, but under the new plan, it's not only attainable, but also, sustainable.

Hear more about the improvements in F-15 work at Robins, as well as many other topics, during a special edition of "Close Up".

That episode with Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley will air Saturday at noon, and Sunday at 6 A.M. and 5:30 P.M. on 13WMAZ.


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