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Senior Airman Daniel Phillis and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Slepsky, both aerospace propulsion technicians from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, apply safety wire to a C-130H propeller assembly here July 15, 2019.

(From left) Senior Airman Daniel Phillis and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Slepsky, both aerospace propulsion technicians from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, apply safety wire to a C-130H propeller assembly here July 15, 2019. The safety wire ensures the propeller’s hardware is able to resist vibrations and stay in place during flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi)

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, rebuilds a C-130H propeller assembly here, July 15, 2019.

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, rebuilds a C-130H propeller assembly here, July 15, 2019. Aerospace propulsion technicians play a critical part in keeping the 910th’s aircraft and its Airmen safe in the air. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi)

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses a speed handle wrench to rebuild a C-130H propeller assembly here, July 15, 2019.

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses a speed handle wrench to rebuild a C-130H propeller assembly here, July 15, 2019. Aerospace propulsion technicians play a critical part in keeping the 910th’s planes and its Airmen safe in the air. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi)

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses 400-grit sandpaper on a C-130H’s deicer assembly to ensure it is free of corrosion July 15, 2019.

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, uses 400-grit sandpaper on a C-130H’s deicer assembly to ensure it is free of corrosion July 15, 2019. Electrical power from the aircraft’s electrical system is transmitted through the four slip rings to the spinner assembly anti-icing and deicing elements and to the contact brush housing assemblies. Each contact brush housing assembly touches contact rings on a blade to form an electrical circuit for the blade heater element, ensuring the propellers remain unfrozen during flight. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi)

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, rebuilds a C-130H propeller assembly  July 15, 2019.

Senior Airman Daniel Phillis, an aerospace propulsion technician from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, rebuilds a C-130H propeller assembly July 15, 2019. Aerospace propulsion technicians play a critical part in keeping the 910th’s planes and its Airmen safe in the air. (U.S. Air Force Photo/ Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi)

YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio --

Aerospace propulsion technicians from the 910th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron built up a propeller assembly here, July 15, 2019. 910th Reserve Citizen Airmen in the aerospace propulsion career field are responsible for ensuring all C-130H Hercules engines are in first-rate operational conditions by testing, maintaining and repairing all parts of the engine. This knowledge and skill set is essential to the YARS flightline making these Reserve Citizen Airmen essential in providing a current, qualified, mission-ready force.