El Paso, Texas - The Office of Air and Marine’s Assistant Commissioner (AC) Randolph D. Alles visited OAM personnel in El Paso on May 20.
Among the topics discussed were the 2025 strategic plan, in addition to the current discussion on pay reform. AC Alles said he is working diligently to change the current pay structure, which converts AUO-eligible employees to the LEAP Program.
He explained that the hiring of new personnel for OAM is going slow due to the amount of time required to conduct extensive background investigations, but added that the investigations are critical to overall agency accountability. The AC also mentioned the importance of conducting thorough investigations, and how that builds greater efficiency and accountability from within OAM. He explained that OAM is in the process of extending the life of select UH-60A model helicopters to the UH-60L models.
“We are currently under-operationalized due to the lack of resources for aircraft and vessels. We need to make sure that we strike that balance of having enough funding with the necessary parts to effectively operate the OAM fleet,” said AC Alles.
AC Alles has made a point to visit the El Paso Air Branch each year, which is welcomed by personnel in the west Texas corridor.
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