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Airman 1st Class Austin Maurer, right, and Airman 1st Class Blain Gehrett, 23d Maintenance Squadron (MXS) aerospace propulsion technicians, repair a Turbo-Fan(TF)-34 engine, May 16, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The 23d MXS propulsion flight’s mission is to ensure that the A-10C Thunderbolt II TF-34 engine is in satisfactory condition before it’s even installed on the aircraft. This flight is responsible for the overall upkeep and maintenance of all TF-34 engines for the Air Force’s largest operational A-10 fighter group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Eugene Oliver) Propulsion flight: keeps 'Warthogs' fighting
The A-10C Thunderbolt II has been flying the Air Force’s mission for over 40 years; a feat that would not be possible without the efforts of Moody’s propulsion flight. The 23d Maintenance Squadron (MXS) aerospace propulsion flight is responsible for maintaining all Turbo Fan-34 engines for the Air Force’s largest operational A-10 fighter group.
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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, left, 9th Air Force commander, places a Distinguished Flying Cross medal on Capt. William “Archer” Dana, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilot, during an award ceremony, May 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Dana, along with his wingman, was alerted Aug. 14, 2017, by a Joint Terminal Attack Controller the enemy had breached friend lines in eight locations. In a three-hour period, Dana employed 11,000 pounds of ordnance and destroyed 10 enemy defensive fighting positions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Janiqua P. Robinson) 74th FS pilots receive DFC
Two Airmen received the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) May 23 in recognition of their actions in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Maj. Matthew “Chowder” Cichowski and Capt. William “Archer” Dana both, 74th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II pilots, risked life and limb while deployed to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, to protect Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) from a common enemy.
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A U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II, F-16 Fightning Falcon, F-22 Raptor, A-10C Thunderbolt II  and P-51 Mustang fly in formation during the 2018 Heritage Flight Training and Cerification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., March 4, 2018. During the course, aircrews practice ground and flight training to enable civilian pilots of historic military aircraft and U.S. Air Force pilots of current fighter aircraft to fly safely in formations together. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Michael X. Beyer) Heritage Flight: making a connection
DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz., -- The U.S. Air Force Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course demonstrates the evolution of the USAF's airpower by flying today’s fighter aircraft in formation with World War II, Korean and Vietnam War - era aircraft. The training includes a performance of formations by current USAF fighters such as F-16 Fighting Falcon, F-35 Lightning II, F-22 Raptor and A-10 Thunderbolt II along with historical warbirds like the P-51 Mustang, P-38 Lightning, P-40 Warhawk and F-86 Sabre.
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Families and friends wait for their loved ones to exit a C-17 Globemaster III during a redeployment, Jan. 23, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Airmen from the 74th Fighter Squadron and 23d Maintenance Group returned home after a seven-month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Warfighters return to loved ones
During the seven-month deployment the 74th Fighter Squadron flew more than 1,700 sorties, employed weapons over 4,400 times, destroyed 2,300 targets and killed 2,800 insurgents.
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U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Matt Paetzhold, 76th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, performs preflight checks in an A-10C Thunderbolt II, Sept. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. After graduating the Weapons Instructor Course, Paetzhold joined the Airmen who serve as tactical and operational advisors to military leaders at all levels. Due to the relationship between the 75th FS and 76th FS, Paetzhold is slated to deploy as the 75th FSs weapons officer. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Daniel Snider) Pilot exemplifies Total Force Integration
As part of a Total Force Integration initiative, an Air Force Reserve Citizen Airman attended attended the Weapons Instructor Course (WIC) to deploy with his former active-duty squadron. Captivated by the close-air support and combat-search and rescue missions of the A-10C Thunderbolt II, U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Matt Paetzhold, 76th Fighter Squadron A-10C Thunderbolt II instructor pilot, joined the ranks of those responsible for effectively integrating multiple weapons systems across the land, air, space and cyber domains.
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Moody Airmen render salutes during the 23d Maintenance Squadron re-designation ceremony, Nov. 9, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Lt. Col. Neal Van Houten took command of Air Combat Command’s second largest squadron, leading the 800 men and women who are responsible for executing safe and reliable maintenance on aircraft systems, ground equipment and munitions to support the 23d Wing's attack and rescue missions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Greg Nash) Re-designated 23d Maintenance Squadron continues legacy
Approximately 800 Airmen from the 23d Component and Equipment Maintenance Squadrons merged to become the 23d Maintenance Squadron, Air Combat Command’s second largest maintenance squadron, during a re-designation ceremony, Nov. 9, here. As these Airmen stood in formation behind unfurled guidons, bearing new names, they now abide by a new motto – ‘MXS!... The Biggest!... The Best!’
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Members of the 23d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron prepare an A-10C Thunderbolt II to be washed, Aug. 28, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Maintenance procedures require that A-10s are washed at least every 180 days to prevent maintenance issues and safety hazards to the pilot. Since strong chemicals are used to clean the aircraft Airmen must wear personal protective equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Daniel Snider) A 23d Wing ‘hawg’ gets a bath
What has roughly 40 teeth, sounds like ‘brrrt,’ and occasionally needs a bath? The 23d Wing’s A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, also known as ‘Hawgs,’ are subject to an assortment of scheduled maintenance appointments to include washes every 180 days or approximately 1,000 flying hours. “It’s extremely important that maintenance keeps the aircraft clean,” said U.S. Air Force Maj. Thomas Harney, 75th Fighter Squadron director of operations and A-10 pilot. “Every time we fire the gun, gases flow up and cover the aircraft with grease which can affect operational components of the aircraft and the pilot’s visibility.”
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II, assigned to the 354th Fighter Squadron and a part of the A-10 West Heritage Flight Team, and a P-38 Lightning fly in formation during the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster, Calif., March 26, 2017. The A-10 WHFT is scheduled to perform in 9 more air shows throughout the U.S. this year after resurging from a 5-year-long inactivation period. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Mya M. Crosby) A-10 West Heritage Flight Team returns to the skies
The A-10 West Heritage Flight Team performed at its first air show after nearly five years of inactivation March 25-26. The demo team out of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., kicked off its resurgence at the Los Angeles County Air Show in Lancaster, Calif., by flying in formation with the World War II-era P-38 Lightning.
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A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTCC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Betty R. Chevalier) 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course
A U.S. Air Force A-10C Thunderbolt II and a P-47 Thunderbolt fly in formation during the 2017 Heritage Flight Training and Certification Course at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., Feb. 10, 2017. The annual aerial demonstration training event has been held at D-M since 2001. The modern aircraft that participated in this year’s HFTC were the F-35 Lightning II, the F-22 Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and the A-10C Thunderbolt II. The historic aircraft included the P-51 and T-51 Mustangs, the P-40 Warhawk, the P-38 Lightning, the P-47 Thunderbolt, the T-33 Shooting Star and the F-86 Sabre
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A TF-34 engine gets cleaned prior to an engine run in the newly upgraded “Hush Hush 1,” Jan. 23, 2017, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Hush House 1’s construction was completed in four months and received $300,000 worth of upgrades such as two new storage rooms, a camera system, new communication system and a modern electrical system brought to standard building codes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Greg Nash)   'Hush Houses' receive operational upgrades
Moody’s 23d Component Maintenance Squadron’s test cell facility “hush houses” underwent upgrades to improve testing operations in support of the A-10C Thunderbolt II flying mission. A hush house is an enclosed environment that suppresses the sound of engines when tested for serviceability. The construction process for Hush House 1 was completed in four months and received $300,000 worth of upgrades. The under construction Hush House 2 will resemble its counterpart, receiving a $500,000 facelift with an estimated completion time of April 2017. The advantages of the upgrades include centralized storage accessibility, modern lighting and a safer work environment for the facility to test serviceable engines. The improvements to the facilities can be credited to civilian contractors who also provided ongoing support by contributing analysis of failures, component redundancy and upgrades for the test cell’s current and future operational capability requirements to the 23d CMS.
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