FRC West Command History



Overview

Fleet Readiness Center West, established in November 2008, is a major maintenance repair/overhaul facility, primarily supporting off aircraft maintenance for West Coast F/A-18 Legacy and Super Hornets. FRC West has sites in Fallon, Nevada, Fort Worth, Texas and China Lake, California.



Origins

Our origins can be traced back to the 1960's. NAS Lemoore, CA was commissioned to be built in 1961 and the first AIMD structure was building 150, which is our present day Paraloft. By 1968 building 170, which is present day engine maintenance facility, building or hangar 180, present day administrative and aircraft modification facilities and building 179, present day ground support equipment facilities were completed. In 1975 building 160, present day avionics was completed. Airframes, building 188 was added in 1984, the ground support equipment blast facility, building 167 was added in 1999. In 2001 the current ordnance facility, building 165 and the LOX farm, building 153 were added to round out the unit.


Command Structure

For 39 years, from 1961 to 2000 AIMD was a department of the NAS Lemoore command structure. The Maintenance Officer was a department head under the NAS Lemoore Commanding Officer and all support actions to the AIMD were facilitated by the staff of the air station. CDR Shawn Hankins was the last official department head for AIMD, Lemoore, CA.

In 2000, as a result of regionalization, AIMD's were broken off under their respective Type Wings. At that time AIMD Lemoore became Commander, Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department (AIMD), Lemoore, California falling under the Commodore. The department head was elevated to an Officer in Charge (OIC) position, gaining the ability to promote and having limited Non-Judicial Punishment (NJP) authority. During this period the Officer in Charge was also the Maintenance Officer. In addition, the command began to take on various staffing requirements that were previously accommodated by the air stations that could not be performed by the Type Wing Commander. CDR Cynthia L. (CJ) Jaynes was the first OIC of Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department.

As a result of BRAC law 2005, Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department was broken away from the Type Wing Commander. On November 4th of 2008 Fleet Readiness Center West was established as a command reporting directly to Commander, Fleet Readiness Centers. Fleet Readiness Center West also took control of the following activities:

  • Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department (AIMD), Lemoore, California.
  • Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department (AIMD), Fallon, Nevada.
  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department, Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake California.
  • Naval Aviation Depot, North Island California, Detachment Lemoore California.

The current structure is Fleet Readiness Center West, Lemoore CA (to include Depot), Fleet Readiness Center West, Detachment Fallon, NV, Fleet Readiness Center West, Detachment China Lake, and Fleet Readiness Center West, Detachment Fort Worth, TX. During the transformation, the OIC of Commander Strike Fighter Wing, Pacific Fleet Detachment Aircraft Intermediate maintenance Department (AIMD), Lemoore, California became the Commanding Officer of Fleet Readiness Center West with OICs residing at Detachment Fort Worth, Texas and Detachment Fallon, NV. The first Commanding Officer of Fleet Readiness Center, West is CDR Lance E. Massey, the First OIC of Detachment Fort Worth, Texas was CDR Lawrence McCabe and the First OIC of Detachment Fallon, Nevada was CDR John Visosky. Mr. Jameson Montgomery is the First Aircraft Modification Line Supervisor under this concept.


Service to the Fleet

From 1961 to November 2008 Fleet Readiness Center West provided intermediate level support for a wide range of aircraft to include the UH-1N (Huey), A-1 Skyraider, A-4 Skyhawk, A-7 Corsair, and all variations F/A-18 A-G Strike Fighters known as the Hornet, Super Hornet and Growler. This support was provided while ashore and afloat through repair a repair and return program with all west coast Aircraft Carriers and was the Global, Navy producer of the GE-F414-400 Super Hornet Engine in the continental United States.

Today, this superior level of support resides with Fleet Readiness Center West specializing in the world's premier strike fighter platform, the FA-18, including all type/model/series at all locations/detachments. In addition, Detachment Fallon supports EA-6B, E-2, H-60, F-5 and F-16 platforms of various type/model/series; Detachment Fort Worth supports the C-130 platform; and Detachment China Lake supports T-39, H-60, AH-1, EA-6B and the AV-8 platforms. Depot level artisans have been forward deployed to both Lemoore, California and Fort Worth, Texas for extensive component repair on hydraulics, structures and avionics components. The Aircraft Modification Line in Lemoore, California specializes in Phased Maintenance Intervals (PMI) and Aircraft Modifications (MODs) for the FA-18 platform and along with a Depot detachment in Fallon, Nevada perform In Service Repairs (ISR's) on all Navy type/model/series.