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Crew chiefs welcome home deployed aircraft

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

With the return of four C-130H Hercules from deployment, the crew chiefs of the 910th Maintenance Squadron are busy providing tender love and care to Youngstown Air Reserve Station's aircraft, July 7, 2020. Crew chiefs are responsible for diagnosing malfunctions, replacing components, and performing detailed inspections to identify potential trends in the wing’s aircraft in order to stay Reserve Ready.

Reserve Citizen Airmen who elect to become crew chiefs receive approximately eight to nine months of technical training, four of which focus specifically on their duty station's assigned aircraft. This sets up-and-coming crew chiefs on a path to earn an Associate’s degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology through the Community College of the Air Force.

Members of the 910th MXS are responsible for managing, maintaining and supervising aircraft structure, engines, electrical and avionics systems and the on-board and off-board equipment of eight C-130H aircraft. The 910th MXS supports a program logging more than 2,800 flight hours annually while providing deployment-ready tactical airlift, support equipment and aerial spray capability for contingencies and exercises around the globe.

Whether it’s an F-16 Fighting Falcon, a U-2 reconnaissance plane or a variant of the mighty C-130, USAF crew chiefs are diligent in keeping aircraft fighting fit and flying high.