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Airman 1st Class Conner Scott, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman with the 3rd Operations Support Squadron, ensures a personal locator beacon is operable at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Jan. 5, 2018. A PLB will send out an emergency distress signal alerting nearby search and rescue when activated. AFE Airmen maintain pilot safety
For every pilot in the air, there are Airmen on the ground ensuring their equipment is well-maintained and operable.
0 1/09
2018
U.S. Air Force Capt. Scott Pippin, a 13th Fighter Squadron F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot, explains the 35th Fighter Wing’s mission and their heritage as “Wild Weasels” while talking with Wenatchee Valley delegates visiting Misawa City during their annual cultural exchange tour at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 24, 2017. Washington to Misawa first transpacific flight
Delegates from Wenatchee Valley, Washington, visited Misawa Air Base and City during an annual cultural exchange tour Aug. 22-27, following in the footsteps of their ancestors who made the first non-stop transpacific flight from Misawa City, Japan, to Wenatchee, Washington, in 1931.
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2017
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Michels, 31st Rescue Squadron aircrew flight equipment assistant NCO in charge, straightens parachute chords while parachute packing June 20, 2016, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Michels ensures 31st RQS pararescuemen can don safe parachute packs that have passed intensive safety checks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft) Rigger up: 31st RQS AFE Airmen preserve pararescumen lives
Beads of sweat run down his forehead as he squeezes out every last cubic millimeter of air from a parachute and folds it into a bag no larger than a basic tool box, checking each step to ensure strict compliance to safety standards. After several hours of assembly and safety checks, pararescuemen of the 31st Rescue Squadron will don the parachute pack, trusting their lives to the dedication and attention to detail Senior Airman Erik Merrill, and other 31st RQS aircrew flight equipment members, execute daily.
0 6/22
2016
Tech. Sgt. Luis Reyes, 36th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment craftsman, was selected March 2016 to commission through the Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program – Active Duty Scholarship. Through the program, Reyes plans to complete his bachelor’s degree and commission in the Air Force through Officer Training School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jacob Skovo) Always aiming higher: Andersen NCO earns chance to commission
One step at a time and fueled by his drive to succeed, an Andersen Airman recently earned a place in line to commission. Tech. Sgt. Luis Reyes, an aircrew flight equipment craftsman, is slated to commission through Officer Training School by way of the Senior Leader Enlisted Commissioning Program – Active Duty Scholarship.Pushing past the troubles
0 4/27
2016
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