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shift and space provided by building 375A wasn’t sufficient. Building 1433 along with several others became the next homes for the PMEL school. The school added one shift after another until the course was in session for four six-hour shifts a day.  Lowry was also able to supply special courses for unique equipment and subject matter as well…extending the scope of training beyond that originally established at its inception.  More than 50,000 students graduated from the basic PMEL/Metrology course at Lowry AFB including those from all branches of service as well as from the services of 21 foreign countries under the MAP program.  This was perhaps the only complete school where calibration, adjustment, and repair was taught involving various disciplines including electronics, physical, dimensional, optical, chemical, mechanical, radiac, or combinations of the above. The school was capable of meeting any and all necessary requirements that would keep our military equipment in the most dependable and reliable condition for the defense of this country.  As result of the BRAC decision to close Lowry AFB, Colorado the USAF’s Metrology Program began transitioning to Keesler AFB, Mississippi during the 1992-1993 time-frame where Metrology Training is currently being conducted  The last class graduated from Lowry’s PMEL/Metrology School on 18 March 1994, 35 years after the first class started. This last class included three US Airman and four foreign nationals in attendance.
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In Summary: Original   course   started   1   Apr   1959,   had   7   blocks   and   was 18 weeks long. First Branch Chief was Lt. Col. Lenard Wien. Jul   to   Dec   1960   ALR32470   18   weeks   long,   graduated   379 students. In   1960   or   1961   the   length   was   changed   to   28   weeks.   Near the end of 1962 it was expanded to 35 weeks (ALR32430). First   Navy   personnel   attended   training   for   19   3/5   weeks starting in November 1963. 1st    Lt.    Richard    G.    Taubinger    replaced        Capt.    Howard    R. Shaffer as Branch Chief in the 1965.  (see note 1 below) 451st   SAC   Missile   Wing   expected   to   release   buildings   1432 and   1433   in   FY   2/66.   Long   range   plans   for   buildings   had been   the   commissary   and   base   exchange   complex   at   that time.   The   school   moved   from   building   375A   to   building. 1433 in 1969. Prior    to    1968    a    PMEL    career    field    selectee    had    to    be serving   in   at   least   their   second   enlistment,   have   been   in   an electronics   field,   and   had   answered   correctly   90   or   more   of the 130 questions on the Pre-Entrance Examination. Also   prior   to   1968   there   was   no   5   level   in   the   AFSC   which effected   promotion   to   SSgt   for   some   people.      Hq.   USAF approved a 3/5/7/9 ladder for AFSC 324X0 in 1968. Effective   on   3   Jan   68   the   school   started   accepting   first   term personnel. School length was 46 weeks.  3ABR32430. 3ALR32470 course was discontinued effective 21 Aug 68. On   November   22,   1971   the   name   "PMEL"   was   changed   to "Metrology." (Continued)  
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shift    and    space    provided    by    building    375A    wasn’t    sufficient. Building   1433   along   with   several   others   became   the   next   homes for   the   PMEL   school.   The   school   added   one   shift   after   another until   the   course   was   in   session   for   four   six-hour   shifts   a   day.     Lowry    was    also    able    to    supply    special    courses    for    unique equipment   and   subject   matter   as   well…extending   the   scope   of training beyond that originally established at its inception. More     than     50,000     students     graduated     from     the     basic PMEL/Metrology   course   at   Lowry   AFB   including   those   from   all branches   of   service   as   well   as   from   the   services   of   21   foreign countries under the MAP program. This   was   perhaps   the   only   complete   school   where   calibration, adjustment,   and   repair   was   taught   involving   various   disciplines including    electronics,    physical,    dimensional,    optical,    chemical, mechanical,   radiac,   or   combinations   of   the   above.   The   school was   capable   of   meeting   any   and   all   necessary   requirements   that would   keep   our   military   equipment   in   the   most   dependable   and reliable condition for the defense of this country. As   result   of   the   BRAC   decision   to   close   Lowry   AFB,   Colorado   t he USAF’s   Metrology   Program   began   transitioning   to   Keesler   AFB, Mississippi   during   the   1992-1993   time-frame   where   Metrology Training is currently being conducted. The   last   class   graduated   from   Lowry’s   PMEL/Metrology   School on   18   March   1994,   35   years   after   the   first   class   started.   This   last class   included   three   US   Airman   and   four   foreign   nationals   in attendance. In Summary: Original   course   started   1   Apr   1959,   had   7   blocks   and   was 18 weeks long. First Branch Chief was Lt. Col. Lenard Wien. Jul   to   Dec   1960   ALR32470   18   weeks   long,   graduated   379 students. In   1960   or   1961   the   length   was   changed   to   28   weeks.   Near the end of 1962 it was expanded to 35 weeks (ALR32430). First   Navy   personnel   attended   training   for   19   3/5   weeks starting in November 1963. 1st   Lt.   Richard   G.   Taubinger   replaced      Capt.   Howard   R. Shaffer as Branch Chief in the 1965.  (see note 1 below) 451st   SAC   Missile   Wing   expected   to   release   buildings   1432 and   1433   in   FY   2/66.   Long   range   plans   for   buildings   had been   the   commissary   and   base   exchange   complex   at   that time.   The   school   moved   from   building   375A   to   building. 1433 in 1969. Prior    to    1968    a    PMEL    career    field    selectee    had    to    be serving   in   at   least   their   second   enlistment,   have   been   in an    electronics    field,    and    had    answered    correctly    90    or more     of     the     130     questions     on     the     Pre-Entrance Examination. (Continued)
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