Airman 1st Class Keenan Berry
509th Bomb Wing Public Affairs
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — The 509th and 131st Maintenance Squadron egress shop works hand-in-hand, maintaining each B-2’s egress system to ensure they function properly for pilot safety.
“We swap out the emergency equipment, maintain all explosive time changes and ensure there are no defects on the ejection seats,” said Staff Sgt. Paul Blake, 509th MXS egress system supervisor. “If there is a crack or damage, we pull the seats and repair them. It’s important for us to repair the seats because failure to pay attention to detail could result in the seat’s inability to function in the time of need.”
Maintainers at Malmstrom Air Force Base are already gearing up for the 2014 Global Strike Challenge competition, running through technical orders and procedures to try and take home the coveted title of “Best of the Best!”
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III has said repeatedly that every Airman has a story to tell.
Airman 1st Class David Torres of Barksdale AFB, La., uses dance as an outlet. A prior background dancer for performers in New Orleans, Torres now works in the 2nd Maintenance Group as an aircraft analyst. He is quick to say that the Air Force has taught him a lot of lessons that dance couldn’t, but explains how dancing helps him express himself and relieve stress and that he has no plans of giving it up anytime soon.
When entering the 341st Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance shop, one may notice the buzz of pneumatic impact wrenches, the faint shadow of an Airman through mist while he pressure washes a mud-covered Humvee, or the all-to-familiar auto shop smell of oil and gas.
With nearly 600 vehicles in the wing fleet there isn’t a day where these Airmen don’t get a little grease under their fingernails.
On average, the vehicle maintenance shop works on about 12 to 28 vehicles per week, some having hundreds of thousands of miles on the odometer.
Despite the high miles and age of the vehicles, most are in decent condition and only come in for routine maintenance.
Every summer Barksdale Air Force Base hosts the Louisiana Wing of Civil Air Patrol, introducing the cadets to aspects of military life including basic military procedures, customs and courtesies, and drill. Various squadrons around Barksdale taught the cadets fundamental tools of their job. Check out what the cadets learned from squadrons like S.E.R.E. — Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape.
Members of the 90th Munitions Squadron at F.E. Warren Air Force Base recently volunteered their time to help the staff of the Warren ICBM & Heritage Museum update displays and do maintenance on the current displays.
It takes many different jobs and specialties to help a wing function and contribute to Air Force Global Strike Command’s ability to deter adversaries and assure allies. Watch how Whiteman AFB’s career assistance and legal office support the mission.
“We welcome all our newly trained Airmen from tech school and transition them to an operational environment. I also run the professional development programs to include professional enhancement, which develop our supervisors to help lead those Airmen.”
“We help commanders maintain good order and discipline among their troops. That helps them accomplish their mission as we piece it all together for the Global Strike mission: nuclear deterrence.”
Members of the 341st Missile Wing Security Forces Group at Malmstrom AFB, Mont., try out for Global Strike Challenge 2014. They’re putting their strength, endurance and commitment to the test for the chance to compete on a 5-man team in the security forces portion of GSC.
Retired Col. Steve dePyssler enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the 1940 draft. After four wars and 38 years of active duty service to his country, he retired in 1979. Today, Colonel dePyssler is still dedicated to the Air Force and his fellow Airmen, serving as the Director of Retired Activities at Barksdale AFB, La.