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PMEL/METROLOGY Training  There is a back story to the “Official” USAF version describing the implementation of PMEL (Metrology) training at Lowry AFB, CO that’s not often been shared over the years. These stories come from recollections of those who were present and on-scene at the time of its inception and creation.  From Russia with Love? In 1958 after returning from a friendly inspection of Russian military training facilities, General Doolittle recommended that a calibration course similar to one he saw in Russia would be of great benefit to the U.S.  The Pentagon, thru ATC HQ, asked for bids from ATC bases where a similar school could be established.  Henry May, then assigned to the Photo school, drafted a course outline, syllabus and other documents that were submitted by Lowry for consideration. Lowry was awarded the course.  Creating Training Ten specialists in several technical specialties were selected by ATC to initiate the course. MSgt. Manweiler was the NCOIC. These ten men were sent to Gentile Air Depot in Dayton, Ohio where, during six weeks of training, they were introduced to the theory and practical application of basic standards of precision measurement, primarily of electronic instrumentation.
Given    none    was    available,    upon    their    return    to    Lowry    their assignment     was     to     write     the     training     material.     Additional instructors   were   selected   and   assigned   to   the   school   where   they were also trained. Suggested   starting   dates   for   the   course   had   to   be   changed   for lack   of   equipment   and   anticipated   space   needs.      Finally   on   April 1,   1959   the   first   class   started.   For   several   months   the   top   floor   of the   Photo   school   (Bldg.   380)   was   the   home   of   the   PMEL   course until building 375A became available. The   original   students   selected   for   PMEL/Metrology   training   had to   be   first   three   graders   and   must   have   at   least   three   years   left on their current enlistments.  As     the     need     for     training     in     other     technical     phases     was recognized   by   the   Air   Force   they   were   added   as   were   additional weeks   of   training   along   with   more   instructors.      Eventually   the course expanded to 35 weeks. The   PMEL   course   was   originally   set   up   for   AF   personnel   only.     Not    long    after    the    course    was    established,    other    military branches   recognized   the   importance   of   having   men   trained   in this   specialty.      The   Navy   was   the   first   to   send   men   to   Lowry.      And then came selected military members of allied nations.  One (Continued)  
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PMEL/METROLOGY Training

There   is   a   back   story   to   the   “Official”   USAF   version   describing   the implementation   of   PMEL   (Metrology)   training   at   Lowry   AFB,   CO that’s   not   often   been   shared   over   the   years.   These   stories   come from   recollections   of   those   who   were   present   and   on-scene   at the time of its inception and creation.

From Russia with Love?

In   1958   after   returning   from   a   friendly   inspection   of   Russian military   training   facilities,   General   Doolittle   recommended   that   a calibration   course   similar   to   one   he   saw   in   Russia   would   be   of great   benefit   to   the   U.S.      The   Pentagon,   thru   ATC   HQ,   asked   for bids     from     ATC     bases     where     a     similar     school     could     be established.        Henry    May,    then    assigned    to    the    Photo    school, drafted    a    course    outline,    syllabus    and    other    documents    that were   submitted   by   Lowry   for   consideration.   Lowry   was   awarded the course.

Creating Training

Ten  

specialists  

in  

several  

technical  

specialties  

were  

selected  

by

ATC   

to   

initiate   

the   

course.   

MSgt.   

Manweiler   

was   

the   

NCOIC.

These  

ten  

men  

were  

sent  

to  

Gentile  

Air  

Depot  

in  

Dayton,  

Ohio

where,  

during  

six  

weeks  

of  

training,  

they  

were  

introduced  

to  

the

theory  

and  

practical  

application  

of  

basic  

standards  

of  

precision

measurement, primarily of electronic instrumentation.

Given    none    was    available,    upon    their    return    to    Lowry    their assignment     was     to     write     the     training     material.     Additional instructors   were   selected   and   assigned   to   the   school   where   they were also trained. Suggested   starting   dates   for   the   course   had   to   be   changed   for lack   of   equipment   and   anticipated   space   needs.      Finally   on   April 1,   1959   the   first   class   started.   For   several   months   the   top   floor   of the   Photo   school   (Bldg.   380)   was   the   home   of   the   PMEL   course until building 375A became available. The   original   students   selected   for   PMEL/Metrology   training   had to   be   first   three   graders   and   must   have   at   least   three   years   left on their current enlistments.  As     the     need     for     training     in     other     technical     phases     was recognized   by   the   Air   Force   they   were   added   as   were   additional weeks   of   training   along   with   more   instructors.      Eventually   the course expanded to 35 weeks. The   PMEL   course   was   originally   set   up   for   AF   personnel   only.     Not    long    after    the    course    was    established,    other    military branches   recognized   the   importance   of   having   men   trained   in this   specialty.      The   Navy   was   the   first   to   send   men   to   Lowry.      And then came selected military members of allied nations.  One
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