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380AEW Article

Photo essay: KC-10 maintainers conquer the night shift

  • Published
  • By Master Sgt. Scott T. Sturkol
  • 380th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
KC-10 Extender maintenance Airmen assigned to the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work shifts around the clock keeping the Air Force's largest air refueling tanker flying every day.

From a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia, KC-10s fly combat air refueling missions in support of Operations Enduring Freedom, the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In the chain of Air Force aircraft maintenance professionals, there are maintenance officers, production supervisors, flight chiefs, expediters, crew chiefs, engine mechanics and more who operate every day meeting the deployed mission for the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
In this photo essay, see how some of KC-10 maintenance Airmen are conquering the night shift to deliver that combat air refueling capability for the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing. Overall, the 380th AEW is comprised of four groups and 12 squadrons and the wing's deployed mission includes air refueling, surveillance and reconnaissance in support of overseas contingency operations in Southwest Asia.