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AMU readies HC-130 for upgrade

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Horton, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, looks out onto the flightline after removing cargo floor panels during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Horton, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, looks out onto the flightline after removing cargo floor panels during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Horton, right, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) crew chief, speaks with 1st Lt. Derek Mundell, 71st AMU assistant officer in charge, during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Horton, right, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) crew chief, speaks with 1st Lt. Derek Mundell, 71st AMU assistant officer in charge, during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Haskell, left, and Staff Sgt. Zachary Morales, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, transport a cargo floor panel during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. Zachary Haskell, left, and Staff Sgt. Zachary Morales, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs, transport a cargo floor panel during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airmen with the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit remove cargo floor panels during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airmen with the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit remove cargo floor panels during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The panels are removed to allow access to the area inside the aircraft where the SACU will be installed. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Nazario, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, measures the spacing for shorings during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The shorings allow the aircraft to be put into a state of no-loading”, where the pressure and weight of the aircraft will be reduced, allowing the modifications to be implemented without damage to the aircraft’s hull integrity. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. Aaron Nazario, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, measures the spacing for shorings during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The shorings allow the aircraft to be put into a state of no-loading”, where the pressure and weight of the aircraft will be reduced, allowing the modifications to be implemented without damage to the aircraft’s hull integrity. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. George Lorr, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, coordinates the alignment of shorings to associated fuselage stations during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The shorings allow the aircraft to be put into a state of “no-loading”, where the pressure and weight of the aircraft will be reduced, allowing the modifications to be implemented without damage to the aircraft’s hull integrity.  This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Staff Sgt. George Lorr, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, coordinates the alignment of shorings to associated fuselage stations during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. The shorings allow the aircraft to be put into a state of “no-loading”, where the pressure and weight of the aircraft will be reduced, allowing the modifications to be implemented without damage to the aircraft’s hull integrity. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airman 1st Class Pedro Gerena, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, checks a ram lock on an aircraft jack during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airman 1st Class Pedro Gerena, 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, checks a ram lock on an aircraft jack during preparation of an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airmen with the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

Airmen with the 71st Aircraft Maintenance Unit prepare an HC-130J Combat King II for a situational awareness communication upgrade (SACU) modification Sept. 25, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. This SACU will enhance the aircraft’s ability to communicate with personnel on the ground during search and rescue operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Erick Requadt)

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