Post Tagged with: "86th Maintenance Squadron"


Airman Drew Thurau, 86th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, sprays water on the wing of a Ramstein C-130J Super Hercules during a pre-isochronal inspection wash Jan. 4 on Ramstein. An ISO inspection is a scheduled, extensive examination of an aircraft to maintain its functionality and perform preventive maintenance.

Maintainers clean before painting, inspecting

Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Timothy Moore 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

“Clean before applying paint” is a direction many people may disregard during a home improvement project, but they are words that are well-heeded by the members of the 86th Maintenance Squadron isochronal inspection section.

January 21, 2016 ×


Photo by Senior Airman Damon KasbergChaplain (Col.) Dwayne R. Peoples, U.S. Air Forces in Europe command chaplain, speaks during the National Prayer Service March 18 at Ramstein. Peoples focused his message on the importance of spiritual maintenance and how it impacts Airmen.

Spiritual maintenance supports Airmen

by Chaplain (Maj.) Mark B. McKellen
86th Airlift Wing chaplain

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Senior Airman Bryan Jordan from the 86th Maintenance Squadron. Jordan’s job is to inspect airframes for structural integrity. During a random inspection, he found a crack in one of the C-130J Super Hercules’ wings.

March 19, 2015 ×


Senior Airman Jacob Osborne, 86th Maintenance Squadron hydraulics systems journeyman, applies electrical power to a C-130J Super Hercules Oct. 21 on Ramstein. In order to check the hydraulic systems before or after a flight, the hydraulics journeymen must turn on the electrical systems and check the hydraulics from the cockpit as well as outside of the aircraft.

Hydraulics Airmen ‘pump brakes’ on aircraft danger

Photos by Airman 1st Class Michael Stuart


October 30, 2014 ×


Senior Master Sgt. Keith Custer, 86th Maintenance Squadron first sergeant, speaks with an Airman Aug. 8 on Ramstein. Custer has 10 years of first sergeant experience between 10 different units.

Airman leaves diamond-hard legacy

Story and photo by Airman Larissa Greatwood
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

It takes a certain kind of person to become an effective first sergeant. Working all hours of the day and always having to carry a phone and answer it, first sergeants put the mission before themselves and exude the Air Force second core value: service before self.

August 21, 2014 ×


Airman 1st Class Desmond Oates, 86th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, removes an air compressor’s fender at the new AGE facility April 22 on Ramstein. The new facility relocated AGE Airmen under one roof to increase efficiency and continuity.

AFSO21 leads to new AGE

Story and photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Ramstein maintenance Airmen opened a new aerospace ground equipment facility recently, designed around Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st century principles to increase the unit’s effectiveness.

May 22, 2014 ×


Senior Airman Isaiah Knorr, 86th Maintenance Squadron aircraft metals technology journeyman, measures the size of a drill prior to shaping a piece of aluminum April 9 on Ramstein.

86th MXS pieces together Air Force mission

Story and photos by Senior Airman Damon Kasberg
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

In the early morning, silence fills the rooms of Bldg. 2224. Machines lay still, and tools are neatly placed where they belong. The calm is quickly broken as members of the 86th Maintenance Squadron enter the metals shop and begin their workday.

May 8, 2014 ×


Airman 1st Class Enoch Wentland (left), 86th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, scrubs the wing of a C-130J Super Hercules Feb. 10 on Ramstein. Airman of the 86th MXS and the 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron work daily to keep the aircraft mobile and in working condition.

Keeping Air Force aircraft healthy

Story and photos by Airman Dymekre Allen
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

What is an Air Force without a mission? What is a mission without aircraft? And what is an aircraft without its maintainers?

February 20, 2014 ×


Senior Airman Jonathan Deguzman, 86th Maintenance Squadron aerospace systems technician, inspects a C-130J Super Hercules propeller engine Dec. 11 on Ramstein.

86th AMXS, MXS Airmen keep birds in the air

Story and photo by Airman Dymekre Allen
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

They come from different walks of life into the Air Force, entrusted with thousands of lives, millions of dollars in cargo and repairing the greatest fleet in the Air Force.

January 9, 2014 ×


Airman 1st Class Jonathan Penata, 86th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment technician, returns a 
generator to its storage area Oct. 10 on Ramstein. The 86th AGE flight maintains all ground equipment for any aircraft coming through Ramstein.

AGE charged with ground equipment upkeep

Story and photo by Senior Airman Aaron-Forrest Wainwright
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 86th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment flight maintains all equipment on the flightline. If it deals with generators powering idle aircraft or heaters and air conditioners, chances are these Airmen are behind it.

October 17, 2013 ×