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New AFCEC preventive maintenance program manager visits Travis AFB

Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, briefs the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron's Operations Flight at Travis Air Force Base, California, on the strategic aspects of the preventive maintenance program. This program benefits the Air Force by reducing costs on maintaining the infrastructure at installations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, briefs the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron's Operations Flight at Travis Air Force Base, California, on the strategic aspects of the preventive maintenance program. This program benefits the Air Force by reducing costs on maintaining the infrastructure at installations. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

At right, Senior Airman Gentry, water fuel system maintenance planner at the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, discuss managing the preventive maintenance program using new NexGen IT TRIRIGA software during a recent consulting visit at the base. The software helps develop and manage preventive maintenance schedules and resources for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

At right, Senior Airman Gentry, water fuel system maintenance planner at the 60th Civil Engineer Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, and Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, discuss managing the preventive maintenance program using new NexGen IT TRIRIGA software during a recent consulting visit at the base. The software helps develop and manage preventive maintenance schedules and resources for the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

At left, Steve Miller, the mechanical sub amp manager with 60th Civil Engineer Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, collaborated with Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, during a program manager visit to the base. The two discussed how to evaluate and manage the life cycle management of assets for the Air Force. By conducting this evaluation, proper resources are utilized at the right time with the right frequency for the right assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

At left, Steve Miller, the mechanical sub amp manager with 60th Civil Engineer Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, collaborated with Samuel "Jason" Schmitz, preventive maintenance program manager at the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, during a program manager visit to the base. The two discussed how to evaluate and manage the life cycle management of assets for the Air Force. By conducting this evaluation, proper resources are utilized at the right time with the right frequency for the right assets. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Susan Lawson)

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE - Calif.The Air Force Civil Engineer Center Operations Directorate’s new preventive maintenance program manager hit the road recently to introduce himself to the field.


Samuel “Jason” Schmitz recently visited Travis Air Force Base, California, to collaborate with base civil engineers on preventive maintenance best practices and discuss the TRIRIGA software program implementation. TRIRIGA is NexGen IT software which modernizes the civil engineering career field’s approach to managing CE processes.

“I am impressed and thankful Mr. Schmitz is here and that he cares what we are doing,” said Steve Miller, sub-amp manager for heating, ventilation and air conditioning and interior plumbing with Travis’ 60th Civil Engineer Squadron.

“I appreciate that he took the time to sit down and find out how we are implementing NexGen IT; what specifically we are doing, how we are interpreting playbook requirements, and what we are doing to bring NexGen IT to life; and that he is here sharing means and methods that he has discovered at other bases,” Miller said.

During Schmitz’s visit, he met with team members from the operations engineering element to learn about their successes and challenges when implementing a preventive maintenance program. He also met with technical experts representing each craft within the operations flight to work through the business processes of developing, managing and maturing a sustainable preventive maintenance program. 

“I have known Jason just shy of 20 years,” said Senior Master Sgt. Nathan McNeely, superintendent of infrastructure systems at the 60th CES.

“I know what he has done to develop our force; working directly with Airmen or leading the charge on programs and policies that impact them,” McNeely said.

Like all other bases that have ‘gone live’ with TRIRIGA, the 60th CES has pushed through a series of hurdles and learning curves, McNeely said, with many more to go.

“This week we have tapped into his enterprise-level perspective to advance Travis Air Force Base's position in the CE evolution. We have also reciprocated this effort by highlighting field-level issues for his team to compile and work solutions that may benefit the entire CE community,” he said adding, “A change of this magnitude will not be without hardships, but our team at AFCEC, to include Jason, continue to deliver answers and solutions every day.”

During his visit with the Travis team, Schmitz was able to validate new business processes provided in the newly published Preventive Maintenance Reference Guide. These refined steps have proven to reduce man-hours by managing asset records and building job plans within TRIRIGA.

“Working with the members of the 60th CES was, is and continues to be a phenomenal experience,” Schmitz said. “Each member I had the honor of working with during the visit was a great example of how our engineers take deep pride in what we bring to the mission and how the challenges we encounter make us better.”

The new reference guide is available on the CE Portal’s NexGen IT page. Additional resources on preventive maintenance can be found on the AFCEC/COO SharePoint site.