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Some military aviation maintainers have earned their certification in Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Training.

Soldiers from the 1108th Theater Aviation Sustainment Maintenance Group, one of four in the U.S., attended the LSS Yellow Belt Training at the Community Activities Center Feb. 10.

The 1108th attended the class for additional ways to improve efficiency and readiness within its organization. They contacted the Program Executive Office for Aviation to set up the training for key maintenance supervisors and material management personnel.

“Typically, these classes are focused on process improvements within acquisition,” said Tim Franklin, LSS deployment director for PEO Aviation. “This particular class was unique in that it was tailored for aviation maintainers. So whether you’re turning wrenches, buying parts, or doing contracts, these classes offer tools that you need that will help you become more efficient.”

The TASMG provides aviation sustainment maintenance, including limited depot capabilities, to 23 Army aviation support facilities located in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. They conduct major airframe repair, aircraft painting, component repair, national maintenance program repairs, special projects for each of the life cycle maintenance commands, and the identification and classification of aviation receipts and stocks in storage.

With a desired end state of continuous process improvement, the 1108th plans to continue refining and embedding its new processes and increasing its capabilities with tooling and equipment in order to better support the war fighter and remain fiscally responsible as a government organization.

PEO Aviation makes Yellow Belt training classes available a few times a year. “Although the class is tailored for Army aviation, it is always attended by personnel from other organizations,” Franklin said.

Lean Six Sigma is a proven method of improving business efficiency and effectiveness and focuses on business practices that emphasize customer service, removing non-value-added steps and waste, manage and improve the process flow, manage by fact and reduce variation, involve and equip the people in the process, and undertake improvement activity in a systematic way.

The next available class will be in June. For more information, call Franklin at 876-8975.

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