Load crew completes monthly qualification
By Senior Airman Christopher Maldonado, 20th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 14, 2019
SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. -- U.S. Airmen assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 79th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, participated in a monthly munition qualification, Jan. 10.
The qualification provides load crews with a means to train on numerous munitions and remain proficient in their craft.
These loads are used as a way to practice and strengthen skills, said Master Sgt. Elliceyoes Grayson, 20th Maintenance Group loading standardization crew chief.
“It is important that we train monthly,” said Grayson. “We can’t allow complacency or mission failure.”
Each team member serves a vital role in the loading and unloading F-16CM Fighting Falcon munitions. Load crews are comprised of three-person teams with specific sets of skills.
Each load crew has a team lead, or one-man, who ensures all technical orders are being followed and holds team members accountable for their tasks.
Tasked with performing the hands-on maintenance on munitions, is the two-man. This Airmen supports the loading of munitions and technical work on the aircraft.
The three-man allows for smooth transportation of munitions. This member utilizes a bomb loader and assists the two-man if additional maintenance is required.
“We come down here every month to ensure we stay certified and mission ready,” said Airman 1st Class Naomi Sosa, 20th AMXS, 79th AMU load crew team member.
With these continued trainings occurring periodically, load crews across the 20th Fighter Wing can continue to accomplish the mission anytime, anywhere.