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SARM, HARM track pilot qualifications

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Claudia Fox, 20th Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management (HARM) noncommissioned officer in charge, speaks on the phone while working to out-process aircrew members from Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2018. Fox is responsible for in- and out-processing aircrew members and transferring their flight record folders. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight.

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight. F-16 Fighting Falcon aircrew members must have timely flight physical documents, altitude chamber and other training certificates, and aeronautical orders before they can step to their aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeffrey Williams, 79th Fighter Squadron squadron aviation resource management (SARM) journeyman, tracks flight information at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2018. SARM Airmen help run the operations desk at fighter squadrons, tracking pilots’ training and flying hours. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jeffrey Williams, 79th Fighter Squadron squadron aviation resource management (SARM) journeyman, sends information over the radio at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Jan. 18, 2018. SARMs use the radio to communicate information around the flightline concerning jet maintenance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

Aviation resource managers maintain flight records and ensure safety and training requirements are met prior to an aircrew member’s flight.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Claudia Fox, 20th Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management (HARM) noncommissioned officer in charge, reviews flight record folders at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), S.C., Jan. 18, 2018. The 20th OSS HARM office stores and maintains flight record folders for every aircrew member at Shaw AFB, which contain information about their entire flying career. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Destinee Sweeney)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- It takes an army to get aircraft off the ground -- or rather, an air force. When an F-16CM Fighting Falcon pilot taxis down the flightline in preparation for a sortie, it may seem that the weight of success lies on their shoulders.

Although their knowledge and skills are important, they did not reach this point alone. Before this could happen, individuals from various career fields had to do their part to ensure the aviator is qualified and safe to fly, including one such as Senior Airman Jeffrey Williams, 79th Fighter Squadron squadron aviation resource management (SARM) journeyman.

“Every day we have to check what we call ‘go/no-gos,’ basically a list of events they have to accomplish before they step to the jets,” 
Williams said. “Once they get to the jets, they crank them up and pass us any ‘red balls,’ which is anything that is going wrong with the jet, and we pass it to maintenance and send them out to the pilot’s parking location.”

SARMs are also responsible for logging each pilot’s training and tracking when it needs to be completed.

“If we don’t input the pilot’s training or keep track of it when they come to step to fly, they can’t step,” said Williams.

However, before pilots can get the “good to go” from the SARM, they must first in-process their records with the 20th Operations Support Squadron host aviation resource management (HARM) office.

“We maintain all the records for all the aircrew members on this base -- their flight record folders,” said Staff Sgt. Claudia Fox, 20th OSS HARM noncommissioned officer in charge. “It’s pretty much a folder of their career.”

HARMs are responsible for in- and out-processing aircrew members and maintaining records such as flight physicals, flying hours, training requirements, aeronautical orders and special pay data for the aircrew member’s entire career to ensure pilots are mission-ready and safe to fly.

When the pilot takes off, they put their faith in the competence of their wingmen, who prepare them for whatever they may face in the wild blue yonder.