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F-15 maintainers keep exercise going in Portugal

A final salute is rendered, signaling that the aircraft is cleared for takeoff, during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, facing day and night operations in a high intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

A final salute is rendered, signaling that the aircraft is cleared for takeoff, during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, facing day and night operations in a high intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Senior Airman Noah Fuller and Airman 1st Class Edward McGroder, 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, transport simulated munitions on an MJ-1 Lift Truck during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, to include day and night operations in a high-intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

Senior Airman Noah Fuller and Airman 1st Class Edward McGroder, 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew members, transport simulated munitions on an MJ-1 Lift Truck during exercise Real Thaw at Beja Air Base, Portugal, Feb. 25, 2016. Real Thaw was designed to provide joint interoperability training throughout the execution of a vast range of battlefield missions, to include day and night operations in a high-intensity joint setting. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Dawn M. Weber)

BEJA AIR BASE, Portugal (AFNS) -- The 493rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit is playing a major role to keep their F-15C and D Eagles flying high during exercise Real Thaw, a Portuguese-led, large joint and combined forces exercise that trains participating forces on a vast range of battlefield mission sets.

Maintenance Airmen are demonstrating their expertise to an international audience working with numerous NATO allies during Real Thaw.

During the two-week exercise, maintainers are working day and night to keep the 493rd Fighter Squadron aircraft ready for takeoff.

"The Airmen in our unit are hard-working and highly devoted to ensuring our aircraft are mission capable," said 2nd Lt. Connor Maggs, the 493rd AMU assistant officer in charge. "As a part of leadership, we were very confident in their ability to maintain and equip the aircraft, and to foster relations with NATO allies because their professionalism and dedication is what gets the mission here, at Real Thaw, done."

It hasn't been an easy task for the more than 60 maintainers.

"Working away from home station can be difficult," said Senior Airman Russell Habenicht, 493rd AMU avionics specialist. "We are working with limited manpower during exercise Real Thaw. Using the wingman concept is very important here, keeping each other in check is a priority."

Preparation was key in order to success. The maintenance team had to ensure they brought not only the right equipment, but also enough of it. Attention to detail is required all the way down to the nuts and bolts.

During a TDY or deployment, maintainers prove they are quick to adapt. Their priority is to maintain the jets in the most proficient way possible.

"Adaptation is a very important characteristic to have as a maintainer," said Staff Sgt. Del Williams, a 493rd AMU crew chief. "In a TDY location like Portugal, when something goes wrong, we want to figure out the problem as quickly and proficiently as possible."

At Real Thaw, 493rd AMU maintainers are also learning to work with Portuguese and allied forces.

"Working with our NATO partners is a good career experience," Williams said. "We get to watch how the Portuguese and other allies conduct business, and, in return, they learn our way of maintenance."

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