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35th LRS Airmen shadow crew chiefs for a day

New experience

U.S. Air Force Capt. Gabriel Byrd, left, the 13th Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge, briefs 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron Airmen, right, who participated in the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. The program allows non-maintenance personnel on the flight line to understand what maintainers encounter during their duties. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

On my way

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Colin Wagner, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, heads to the flight line during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. During the program, crew chiefs showed Airmen from different career fields what a workday on the flight line consists of. Tasks ranged from prepping for flights, ensuring jets were ready for launch and recovering the aircraft after a sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Now we wait

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Erica Santo Domingo, left, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment readiness cell, war reserve material officer, Airman 1st Class Kathrine Ancheta, center, and Airman 1st Class David Chairez, right, both 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, perform an inspection while an F-16 Fighting Falcon engine runs during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. During the program, crew chiefs showed other Airmen what a workday on the flight line consists of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

All laughs

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Erica Santo Domingo, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment readiness cell, war reserve material officer, laughs during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. The participants were chosen based upon their assigned 35th LRS jobs in relation to flying operations. Tasks ranged from prepping for flights, ensuring jets are ready for launch and recovering the plane after a sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Everything good?

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kathrine Ancheta, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, talks to a pilot through a muzzle microphone during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. Communication between a crew chief and pilot is vital for ensuring safety. During the program, crew chiefs showed other Airmen what a workday on the flight line consists of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

This is different

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Erica Santo Domingo, a 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron installation deployment readiness cell, war reserve material officer, uses headset equipment for the first time during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. Communication between a crew chief and pilot is vital for ensuring safety. During the program, tasks ranged from prepping for the day's flying, ensuring jets are ready for launch and recovering the plane after a sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Walk around inspection

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kathrine Ancheta, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, performs a walk-around inspection during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. This check is required before the first flight of the day to ensure all the major areas of the jet functions work. During the program, crew chiefs showed other Airmen what a workday on the flight line consists of. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

Go left, now right

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Kathrine Ancheta, a 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, taxis an F-16 Fighting Falcon during the crew chief for a day shadow program at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6, 2018. During the program, crew chiefs showed other Airmen what a workday on the flight line consists of. Tasks ranged from prepping for the day's flying, ensuring jets are ready for launch and recovering the plane after a sortie. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Xiomara M. Martinez)

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- Three Airmen with the 35th Logistics Readiness Squadron shadowed 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs to expand their knowledge in the career field and see a different side of the Air Force at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Sept. 6.

The crew chief for a day program allows non-maintenance personnel on the flight line to understand what maintainers encounter in their duties. Tasks range from prepping for flights, ensuring jets are ready to launch and recovering planes after a sortie.

“The purpose of the program lets Airmen who aren't usually on the flight line to view how their efforts in the workplace directly affect the mission,” said 1st Lt. Ryan Hager the 35th LRS material management flight commander. “Something these Airmen will never forget is seeing directly how crew chiefs operate.”

The participants were chosen based upon their assigned 35th LRS jobs in relation to flying operations.

“A supply Airman, who routinely stocks and issues parts for the F-16 fleet, was able to see where the parts go and how they’re used,” said Hager.

Not only did this event provide new wisdom but also enhanced mission capability.

“By getting first-hand experience of an F-16 sortie process, our Airmen can apply those skills to their job in helping aircraft off the ground,” Hager explained.

Not only did this involvement aid Airmen in comprehending their role in the Misawa mission, but for one Airman in particular, this new wisdom provided her with fresh techniques.

“This was my first time being on the flight line and seeing a jet with all the actions executed right in front of me,” said 2nd Lt. Erica Santo Domingo, a 35th LRS installation deployment readiness cell, war reserve material officer. “The crew chief I followed did an amazing job and made sure I immersed into her field. I enjoyed it so much; I would do this program again anytime.”