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  • Maintainers' ingenuity saves AF money, time

    Nowhere in the 439th Airlift Wing’s mission statement does it say anything about Yankee ingenuity, but it should because when Westover Air Reserve Base maintainers recently needed a part for a C-5A Galaxy, they made it themselves.Members of the 439th Maintenance Squadron discovered they needed an elevator support bracket as soon as possible for C-5
  • Global Hawk maintainers deliver ISR capability to warfighters

    The maintainers, assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, are responsible for maintaining and ensuring the RQ-4 Global Hawk is able to deliver round-the-clock intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and communication support to ground forces and aerial platforms conducting missions in Operation Inherent Resolve.
  • Maintenance key to combat airpower mission

    Maintainers deployed to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing from their home station at Aviano Air Base, Italy, are always at work maintaining a squadron of combat-ready F-16 Fighting Falcons.
  • Periodic inspection: Just what the ‘tanker doc’ ordered

    For more than 40 years, KC-135 Stratotankers have been flying over the sunflower state, and just like any other crew member, they need their "check-ups" too. Keeping the 60-year-old planes up-to-date and safe to fly takes more than a simple check-up; it takes a team of tanker "docs" ensuring each aircraft undergoes proper treatment.
  • Quality assurance: Making sure it’s done right

    Have you ever watched a movie, or professional wrestling, and find yourself rooting for the villain at the end? Around the flightline, there’s a group of ‘bad guys’ that represent their career field’s most knowledgeable maintainers and make up the office known as quality assurance.
  • Maintainers electrify environments through timely inspections

    When taking an automobile in for preventative or restorative maintenance, trust is generally put in the hands of a specialist. The same can be said for the aircraft that grace the flight line of Ramstein Air Base.
  • ‘Quest for Zero’ debuts with focus on risk management

    Air Force Ground Safety introduces the ‘Quest for Zero’ campaign to focus on risk management and on-duty safety. The campaign is designed for every Airman, in all career fields, to raise awareness of the hazards they face every day, at work and at home.
  • Under pressure: Crew chiefs take mission in stride

    Tools clang and the clock ticks as time narrows, several pairs of grease-stained boots can be seen darting back and forth beneath a lifeless fighter jet as Airmen work relentlessly to repair their bird for flight.
  • For Dyess maintainers, little shop pays big dividends

    For most maintainers, the answer to a broken part is easy: replace the part, continue the mission. For the Air Force Repair Enhancement Program shop, the broken part is the mission. AFREP Airmen are responsible for repairing especially costly pieces of equipment or equipment essential to the mission. Though simple parts or pieces can be fixed within other shops on base, sometimes the project is too complex to be easily resolved within one agency. That's when AFREP Airmen are called in.
  • DOD, AF leaders look to F-35 maintainers for help

    The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said June 12, in a conference call with reporters
  • Air Advisors train Afghan pilots and maintainers

    Afghan pilots and aircraft maintainers are a vital part of the Afghan National Air Force and increase its operational capabilities, and with the aid of a group of U.S. advisors, they are making huge strides in that direction.
  • Maintainers counter cyber threats at Red Flag 14-1

    For the first time, maintainers learn how to counter cyber threats on the flightline through innovation and adaptability during Red Flag 14-1 here.
  • Maintainers ready gunships for retirement

    After more than 40 years of providing close air support, air interdiction and force protection for special operations forces, the preparation for the eventual retirement and phase out of the AC-130H Spectre, recognized as "world's deadliest conventional weapon" by the Military Channel and Fox News, has begun.
  • Maintainers uses multi-national partnerships for success

    A small group of maintainers here use their unique skill set to perform their jobs and maximize combat readiness.
  • Maintainers shine during Israeli Blue Flag exercise

    Maintainers from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, used innovation and flexibility to ensure mission success during the first Israeli Blue Flag exercise. Blue Flag, which took place Nov. 24-28, was a multinational aerial warfare training exercise hosted by the Israeli air force and included forces from the U.S., Israel, Italy and Greece. Its objectives were to improve operational capabilities and combat effectiveness of the participating nations, foster combined relations and cultural understanding, and gain combat experience.
  • $20 solution solves 14K problem

    12th Flying Training Wing T-38C pilots and maintainers will begin using multi-function display, or MFD, covers this month, saving the wing $182,000 a year in broken MFDs all for only $3,600 - just a little more than a quarter of the price for a repaired MFD.
  • Vehicles on the road, iron in the air

    With more than 45 different airframes in the Air Force's inventory totaling more than 5,500 aircraft, each one relies expert teams and equipment to keep them ready to fly at a moment's notice. The maintainers on the ground, on the other hand, also rely on a variety of vehicles and ground equipment to accomplish their mission. "We keep vehicles on
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