MXS proves precise with PMEL Published July 28, 2006 By Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Horvath 62nd Maintenance Squadron MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- The 62nd Maintenance Squadron’s Test, Measurement and Diagnostic Equipment flight received an excellent performance rating as it underwent an Air Force-level evaluation July 12 through 19. A team from the Air Force Metrology and Calibration Program Office in Heath, Ohio, came to McChord to perform the audit, which is done every two years to evaluate the flight’s Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory. The assessment covered six critical flight areas. All areas passed inspection and the inspection team recommended the flight’s recertification to calibrate and repair more 7,300 items for Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve, Coast Guard and other Department of Defense work centers throughout Washington and Oregon. During the outbrief, Master Sgt. Mike Sumich, an auditor from AFMETCAL, said there were no problems noted during the inspection, which is a rare occurrence. Master Sgt. Len Sandell, an auditor from AFMETCAL, also praised the PMEL performance during the outbrief and said all personnel displayed a high degree of professionalism and technical competence. The laboratory’s quality program was rated outstanding and auditors said it significantly contributed to the excellent assessment results. The training, production control, scheduling and material control areas of the flight also received excellent ratings. In addition, inspectors coined Airmen 1st Class Gregory Olsen and Thomas Winger, 62nd MXS technicians, for demonstrating a high level of proficiency and self-confidence. Col. James Weber, 62nd Maintenance Group commander, also presented commander’s coins to Airman Basic Justin Offett, Master Sgt. Daniel Dawson, Airman Olsen, Airman Winger and Pamela Best, 62nd MXS, for outstanding performances during the inspection. The inspection team presented the Certificate of Compliance to Colonel Weber, which allows the McChord PMEL to provide support to their customers for another two years. Master Sgt. Thomas Niles, 62nd MXS, said the excellent evaluation is a result of a lot of hard work by the section supervisors. The squadron’s dedication to excellence will continue to pay off in future audits, he said.