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JBSA civilian’s ingenuity saves the Air Force money

By 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs | Sept. 15, 2018

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO–LACKLAND, Texas —

Driver visibility is already limited when driving on a dark road on a rainy night, but it is worse if the lenses on your vehicle's headlights have begun to oxidize, turning hazy and becoming clouded over.

According to Texas Department of Public Safety, a combination of the heat generated on the inside of your headlight lens, followed by the light itself and the south Texas heat and humidity that makes this an issue for Texas drivers.

Thanks to Brian Spalinger, an employee at the 502nd Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle management flight at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, approximately 60 headlight assembly sets have been refurbished instead of replaced since May 2018, saving the Air Force an estimated $28,000.

It takes Spalinger about an hour to refurbish damaged headlights. Instead of ordering new headlights assemblies that cost the Air Force approximately $418 each, Spalinger refurbishes the damaged headlights which not only saves the Air Force money, but it allows the vehicle to be returned to customer at a faster rate.

Spalinger was one of several employees recognized by the 502nd Installation Support Group commander at a ceremony Sept. 10, 2018 at JBSA-Lackland for his efforts in helping the Air Force save money.