AF Airmen aid in Navy certifications
By Tech. Sgt. Heather Redman , 15th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published March 29, 2017
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii-- --
Two members from the 15th Aeromedical Dental Squadron teamed up with U.S. Navy personnel to perform air quality certifications aboard the USS Preble (DDG-88) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii.
U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Raphy Feolino and Airman 1st Class Derrik Fleton, bioenvironmental engineering technicians, supported the Navy Environmental and Preventative Medicine Unit 6 by conducting ventilation surveys aboard the Preble.
“We had the opportunity to fill in for the Navy due to several members of Unit 6 being tasked on other missions,” said Feolino. “We teamed up with one of the Navy’s industrial hygienists to test the ventilation systems inside the ship.”
The Preble, an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, was docked for regularly scheduled maintenance. As part of its sea trials the ventilation system had to be re-certified.
The Airmen spent two days checking several rooms to ensure there was a proper amount of air circulating in the rooms.
“There are multiple rooms in the Preble that house chemicals that can create an explosive atmosphere if the air is not circulating properly,” added Feolino. “We performed ventilation surveys to measure the supply of airflow into the rooms to ensure proper airflow in order to mitigate any explosive hazards.”
This was not the first time the bioenvironmental engineering flight has stepped up to help out the other services. According to Felton, the 15th ADMS fills support requests from the Navy multiple times per year.
“We are always looking for ways to see how we can support the Navy,” added Felton. “Working alongside one another increases cohesiveness between our units. This mission gave us the opportunity to learn from the Navy and allowed us to see the big picture of how the Air Forces comes into play with other branches.”