A-10 team garners 2015 Roche Sustainment Excellence Award

The A-10 System Program Office team receives the 2015 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award Aug. 31 during a meeting of AFMC leaders at Hill AFB. The award is presented annually based upon objective criteria to the AFMC program office with the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during the given fiscal year, and is named after Dr. James Roche, a former U.S. Navy officer and the 20th Secretary of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

The A-10 System Program Office team receives the 2015 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award Aug. 31 during a meeting of AFMC leaders at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. The award is presented annually based upon objective criteria to the AFMC program office with the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during the given fiscal year, and is named after Dr. James Roche, a former U.S. Navy officer and the 20th Secretary of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Cromar)

Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, presents the 2015 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award to Dawn Sutton, A-10 System Program Office team leader, Aug. 31 during a meeting of AFMC leaders at Hill AFB.  Also pictured is Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander. The award is presented annually based upon objective criteria to the AFMC program office with the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during the given fiscal year.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Todd Cromar)

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, presents the 2015 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award to Dawn Sutton, A-10 System Program Office team leader, Aug. 31 during a meeting of AFMC leaders at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Also pictured here is Lt. Gen. John Thompson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander. The award is presented annually based upon objective criteria to the AFMC program office with the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during the given fiscal year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Todd Cromar)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah -- The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s A-10 Division at Hill AFB, Utah, has been honored with the 2015 Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award.

Gen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Air Force Materiel Command commander, presented the award Aug. 31, to Dawn Sutton and the A-10 System Program Office during a meeting of AFMC leaders at Hill AFB. Sutton leads the team charged with supporting the Air Force’s fleet of 283 A-10 Thunderbolt II close air support aircraft.

The award is presented annually based upon objective criteria to the AFMC program office with the most improved performance in fleet sustainment during the given fiscal year. Metrics evaluated include aircraft availability, mission capable and cannibalization rates, along with non-mission capable rates for supply and maintenance.

During Fiscal 2015 the A-10 fleet flew nearly 87,000 worldwide flying hours and delivered an aircraft availability rate of 67.9 percent, a 5 percent gain over the previous year. Sutton said the depot maintenance team reduced depot possessed aircraft to the lowest rate in a decade and field maintenance personnel reduced the not mission capable for maintenance rate by nearly 20 percent to 13.9 percent. During the period, the team also reduced the cost per flying hour over $2,000 to $17,138, AFLCMC officials said.

The maintenance, repair and operational improvements were noted to have taken place while executing A-10 combat operations against ISIL, as well as a short-notice Theater Support Package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve to demonstrate U.S. resolve toward security and stability in Eastern Europe.

This fall the venerable A-10 will celebrate nearly 41 years of service. The first production A-10A was delivered to the Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, in October 1975.

The award is named after Dr. James Roche, a former U.S. Navy officer and the 20th Secretary of the Air Force.