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 TSgt. Israel "Izzy" Aguila (Ret.)

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Name TSgt. Israel Aguila (Ret.)
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats"
Crewing F-16s from 1992 until 2001
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Live by the Air Force Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in all we do

Learned from both the awesome supervisors as well as the not so awesome ones--Thank you Both!

Always thought and fought for the morale and welfare of my troops.


Current or Favourite assignment

I spent a lot of years in Viper working both sides Agressors and Test, and I was lucky enough to have been able to leave my signature on this unit.

When I became the Consolidated Tool Kits (CTK) Custodian, I made it my mission to replace the low quality-old tools and tool boxes that were used on the flightline not only by the Crew Chiefs, but the Specialists and Weapons Troops as well. I put together the plan and executed the purchase of close to $1 Mil worth of laser etched Snap On tools and Lista Roll Away Cabinets for the Crew Chiefs and the other flights.

With the help of my troops we were able to get the Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Team LSET Honor Role in 2004 for the CTK Program. My plan and efforts were geared towards "Pride in Ownership"--Each aircraft was assignd a Crew Chief CTK and Weapons Crews were issued their Load CTKs as well. This established "Pride in Ownership" so intensly that it pushed our CTK Program through the roof, bringing Quality Assurance write ups to a grinding hault and establishing a benchmark that contagiously moved up and down the entire flightline and gained admiration during deployments.

I must mention that I couldn't have done it without the help and dedication of my troops. Viper was a really challenging and rewarding tour. Thank you guys!!! You know who you are!!!



My Jets & Assignments

87305 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1992 - 1995
Current: 87305  USAF 82 TRW F-16C Block 32 [i/a]
This jet was my first F-16. I was assigned to it as Assistant Dedicated Crew Chief around February 1992 when I was assigned to my first base "Nellis AFB, NV" and my first active duty unit "Viper". After months of working, shining and wiping it, the T-Birds took it from me :(. It has been a proud T-Bird for years. I was really proud that my jet was good enough to be a T-Bird!
90839 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [Unit History]
Period 1992 - 1995
Current: 90839  USAF 16 WS F-16D Block 52 [act]
I was the First Dedicated Crew Chief on this aircraft. It was assigned to Viper in December 1992 with only 2.5 flight hours, directly from Fort Worth. This aircraft is the first Block 52 D-Model Aircraft the USAF has ever owned. On the same date 90-0839 was delivered, 90-0809 came in as well. I was so exited when the aircraft were taxiing into Row 43 spot 1 at Nellis AFB, that since I normally worked on Row 44 I forgot where I was and I was telling the pilot to turn right instead of left and into the parking spot. Of course, there were hundreds of people out there and many of them noticed my mistake and laughed! Of course, I laughed as well, when I realized how silly I must have looked! It was ok, though, I got me a new jet for Christmas!!!!
86335 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 80th Fighter Squadron "Juvats" [Unit History]
Period 1995 - 1996
Current: 86335  USAF 18 AGRS F-16C Block 30 [act]
F-16 Phase
Unit 57 Equipment Maintenance Squadron (EMS) Wheel & Tire Shop
Period 1997 - 1999
During this tour, I was selected to go TDY to Washington DC in support of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Project Dominant Chronicle-Counterdrug Division, and also the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Unit 57 Logistic Support Squadron (LSS) Quality Assurance & Product Improvement Section
Period 1999 - 2000
91470 [Detailed history of this F-16]
Unit 414th Combat Training Squadron "Aggressors" [Unit History]
Period 2000 - 2001
Current: 91470  USAF 16 WS F-16D Block 52 [act]
I also was the Dedicated Crew Chief on this aircraft. It was initially a Test Side jet, painted the traditional gray colors, however, it was then turned into an Aggressor and painted in the light blues colors of the Migs. It was the first of several Block 52 D-Model Aggressor. I believe that it was in 2000 when we launched all of our Flagships to fly over the Hoover Dam in Nevada. During that launch a combat photographer flew in the aft cockpit and photographed all the Flagships flying over the Dam.
Unit 414th Combat Training Squadron "Aggressors" [History]
Period 2001 - 2002
Viper Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) Aircrew Debrief Section
Unit 422nd Test & Evaluation Squadron "Green Bats" [History]
Period 2002 - 2004
Viper AMU Support & Programs Section
Unit 57 Maintenance Group (MXG)
Period 2004 - 2005
Technical Order Distribution Office Non Commisioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC)
Unit 57 MXG Programs Section
Period 2005 - 2007
Ground Safety Non Commissioned Officer In Charge (NCOIC) & Programs Manager
Other aircraft/assignments I've also worked on P-51 Mustangs, H-60s, F-4s, F-15 Eagles, F-15 Strikes, F-111s, and A-10s

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