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Mr. RIEHLMAN. General, the quantity of procurement is decided at Dayton, Ohio?
General VANAMAN. Of the aircraft itself? Yes, sir.
General VANAMAN. The parts are in accordance with the program that is furnished us. That is, furnished on information of the flying hours, etc., and then we compute the requirements for the spares, not for the airplane.
Mr. THOMAS. Who sets the stock levels?
Colonel PACKARD. Stock levels are established by AMC, based upon the amount of money that is made available by Congress. Because we can only afford so much stock levels in our depots and in our bases as a backup stock, we try to keep those down to an absolute minimum to support a minimum distribution pipeline time.
Mr. BALWAN. When you established the criteria for Spring Clean that was a device actually for establishing stock levels.
Colonel PACKARD). That's right, Mr. Balwan. We have several different stock levels. The stock levels for Spring Clean of course would be set much above what we would normally buy on. Because in the case of Spring Clean or, excess, we would retain reserve stocks in case of future uses, in order that we won't have to go out and buy next year, but when we actually buy on a stock level we buy a minimum amount for depot support, base support, and usage.
Mr. THOMAS. That is established here?
Colonel PACKARD. No, that is established by AMC, Air Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Field, Dayton, Ohio.
General VANAMAN. We also, here, negotiate the civil-maintenance contracts. That's for any modification or overhaul of airplanes or any equipment for which we are responsible.
And we, here, procure for the base, for area support-for a part of California, Nevada, and Oregon. And then we procure, here, for the Far East Air Force. That is, they send their local purchase money to us and tell us to buy certain things for them that they can't procure over there. They procure whatever they can on local purchase at the station over in the Far East, but what they can't obtain, they send to us to make local purchase.
The civilian strength in supply is 2,481; in maintenance, 9,629; in procurement, 573, and that includes our districts and our plant representatives. And then the other on the base, for base support, etc., is 2,751. The military at SMAMA is 1,103, with 158 officers. Tenant organizations that we have on the base have 1,405, with 153 officers, making a total of military on the base at 2,508, with a grand total of 17,942.
Mr. Balwan. May I ask a question, General, on that? These are figures as of when?
General VANAMAN. These figures were brought up to date as of the 31st of October.
Mr. BALWAN. And what change has there been over the past 6 months? I mean, has it been about that figure all along—increasing or decreasing?
General VANAMAN. Decreasing.
Colonel WALKER. We have decreased approximately 2,800 people since January 1.
Mr. Balwan. And does your production decrease correspondingly?
Colonel WALKER. Not entirely. We have gained a lot by added efficiency both in maintenance and supply. Our workload, in other words, has not gone down as much as our strength.
Mr. Balwan. Was this an enforced reduction? Was this something that was handed down to you!
Colonel WALKER. We received mandatory reductions but in all instances we have anticipated them and made our own reductions.
General VANAMAN. The facilities, here, in land: We have 2,064 acres; shop, 1,707,458 square feet, inside storage, 2,325,000 square feet, and outside storage 2,423,000 square feet. Our payroll per month is $5,400,000—that is the civilian payroll; that isn't military at all. Are there any questions on this very, very fast briefing of our overall mission?
Mr. RIEHLMAN. I don't think so, General.
General VANAMAN. Colonel Ramme will brief the committee on supply.
STATEMENT OF COL. E. L. RAMME, DIRECTOR OF SUPPLY AND
SERVICES, SACRAMENTO AIR MATERIEL AREA (SMAMA), MCCLELLAN AIR FORCE BASE, CALIF.
Colonel RAMME. Mr. Reihlman, Mr. Holifield, Mr. Moss, Secretary Thomas, and members of the committee staff. I would like to cover the supply directorate overall—first covering the mission of the supply directorate, the organization we have to accomplish the mission, the personnel we have to accomplish the mission, and our facilities—and then get into detail on the Disposal Division itself. The mission part of this is repetition of what the General has told you—logistical support of the Air Force, and specifically for the North American and Lockheed in which we are prime.
In addition, we are prime in auxiliary fuel tanks, which are the tip tanks you see on the airplanes, and bomb-bay tanks; electrical ground generator sets; and printing equipment, class 33-A.
In addition to those prime classes we have the zonal responsibility for support of the 3350 engine, the 4360 engine, electronics and communications equipment, aircraft oxygen and equipment parts, aircraft flight instruments, aircraft engine accessories, marine equipment, lubricants, and ending up in class 62, chaplain's equipment.
MOCLELLAN AIR FORCE BASE EXHIBIT No. 3
Sacramento Air Material Area supply responsibility
Class and description
01-L (Prime) - Parts for Lockheed aircraft (F-80, F-94, F-104, T-33, C-121, C-130, WRAMA. P-2V5, T-6, T-28) common items.
Do. 01-M (Prime). Parts for North American aircraft (F-51, F-82, B-25) (F-100, F-86, B-45) MOAMA. common items.
Aircraft engines (R-3350–34/57/57A-R4360-20/20W) (R-3350-57AM/75/83 MOAMA.
20W A/59). 02-D-2. Reciprocating engine components.
Do. 02-1-2. do
Do. 02-J. do.
MVAFD. 01-B (Prime) PB4Y2 aircraft components 01-G (Prime)-- F6F, F8F aircraft components. 03-J. Miscellaneous aircraft engine accessories and maintenance parts
MOAMA. 03-K Aircraft breathing oxygen equipment and maintenance parts..
Do. 03-L (Prime). Aircraft auxiliary fuel tanks and maintenance parts..
SMOAMA. 05-0. Aircraft flight instruments and maintenance parts.
Fuels, lubricants, gases and related compounds. 06-B. do
Do. 16-B . Ground navigational radio equipment and maintenance parts.
Rome AFD. 16-C Ground radar equipment and maintenance parts.
Do. 16-1 Meteorlogical equipment, supplies and maintenance parts.
Structural and installation parts for ground communication and elec
trical equipment. 16 L. Telegraph, teletypewriter, facsimile equipment and maintenance parts..
Do. 16-M Ground radio communications equipment and maintenance parts.
Do, 16-N Telephone and wired audio equipment and maintenance parts.
Do. 19D Marine equipment and maintenance parts.
MOAMA. 19-F (Prime).- Electrical generator sets
WRAMA. 33-A (Prime) Printing, reproduction, binding, auxiliary equipment.
Wilkins AFD 62 Chaplain equipment and supplies..
MBAFD. SIG. Signal Corps screening..
Mr. MORRIS. What aircraft are those two types of engines used on?
Colonel RAMME. The 3350 goes on the B-29 aircraft; the 4360 works on the C-119, C-124, C-97 and on the B-50.
Mr. Balwan. Does your mission correspond roughly with the one at Warner Robins AFB?
Colonel RAMME. Generally, the missions of the depots are the same except for the assignment of the property classes. Now they will have prime classes as we do, and zonal classes as we do, but those classes will not be the same.
Mr. Balwan. Who is prime for the R-3350 ?
Colonel RAMME. I believe Middletown is right now. It has recently been changed from Mobile to Middletown.
Mr. Thomas. The 4360 is running out pretty soon. What is your position on spares on that? Are they fairly good?
Colonel RIMME. We are in a fair position on spares on the 4360. We are just able to support our overhaul lines in that category. Whether that is true of the Air Force picture, worldwide, I can't tell because we bave recently changed from this being our major maintenance overhaul line to this one, and as a result, it takes a while to build up the stocks necessary to support an increased production. We have done some of this engine right along, but we have now phased out of this and into this.
Mr. RIEHLMAN. Are they discontinuing the 4360 ?
Mr. THOMAS. I was up at Pratt Whitney the other day and the 4360's, they were—I thought they told me that was running out?
General HEFLEY. That is new production but the use of them will go on for many years.
Colonel RAMME. You see, the aircraft which they are used on, Mr. Secretary, are aircraft that are going to be in the system for a long time. The C-124, the C-97—
Mr. THOMAS. That makes the spare parts problem a very major one when you have the engine run out.
Colonel RAMME. We are only zonal now.
Colonel RAMME. Does that answer your question Mr. Balwan? Another part of our mission is administering the disposal and excess programs. We'll get into this in more detail later. This involves the surveillance of the bases in our area, the actual disposal and sale of property, and so forth.
Another portion of our mission which General Vanaman mentioned is to monitor the support of the Far East, the Pacific and Alaska-and one which he did not mention is the monitoring of the support to title III countries—Formosa, Thailand, Philippines, and French Indochina, through the Overseas Monitoring Office.
I might mention briefly what happens in the requisitioning and what this monitoring consists of. It is peculiar to us. The European theater is handled through a monitoring system, however, it is not physically a part of the depot, Newark. Our requisitions from the Far East and from all these theaters; if they are priority they come in to us by teletype and we have 4 hours to determine what depot will supply it in the Western Zone, either prime or zonal, to forward it to that depot and at the same time tell them which port they will ship it through, San Francisco or Seattle-or, if it is going by air, Travis or McChord, and establish the suspense on that. If we don't get an answer back in 15 days, we make a follow-up. Routine is essentially the same except that it's a slower process. We get them by airmail to the other depots and we follow-up in 45 days. That is the monitoring type activity that we also do.
Included in our mission is the operation of the Port Air Materiel Office in San Francisco and the Port Air Materiel Office at Seattle, and Port of Aerial Embarkation at Travis. These are the offices through which we ship this property and the Air Force has representation at each. MATS runs Travis and we maintain the case and item control, and the Army runs the ports, of course, and we maintain the case and item control.
At Medford, Oreg. we have a transient refueling facility only. We also have as part of our mission our support of our local programs of which the support of our maintenance projects represents a major part. We have our tenant organizations on the base which we support, and other base programs; support of our air installations, our staff agencies, staff procurement, and so forth.
The organization which we have to accomplish this mission is my office, the Directorate of Supply and Services, with two major staff agencies. This, the management and procedures, is to control our internal operating procedures, develop plans, control the budget, and to conduct the inventory of property we have on hand.
Mr. RIEHLMAN. How many personnel do you have in the Deputy for Management and Procedures?