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Metals tech keeps Moody aircraft going

A photo of an Airman hitting a bushing with a rubber mallet.

Airman Scout Peterson, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, hits a bushing with a rubber mallet Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman using sandpaper to smooth a bushing while it's rotating.

Tech. Sgt. Justin Morris, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology craftsman, smoothes the edges on a bushing Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of Airmen preparing to drill a bushing

Tech. Sgt. Justin Morris, right, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology craftsman, and Airman Scout Peterson, 23d MXS metals technology apprentice, prepare to drill a bushing Dec. 10, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman measuring a bushing

Tech. Sgt. Justin Morris, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology craftsman, takes measurements of a bushing Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of Airmen drilling into a bushing

Airman Scout Peterson, left, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, and Staff Sgt. Kyle Austin, 23d MXS metals technology journeyman, drill into a bushing Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman putting on a protective mask

Airman 1st Class Juan Contreras, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, puts on safety gear Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman sawing at metal

Airman 1st Class Juan Contreras, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, removes an old weld from a B-5 stand Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an airman welding while sparks fly.

Airman 1st Class Juan Contreras, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, welds a B-5 stand Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman turning a knob on a gas welder.

Airman 1st Class Juan Contreras, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology apprentice, turns off a gas welder Dec. 16, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

A photo of an Airman taking tools out of a toolbox.
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Staff Sgt. Drake Anderson, 23d Maintenance Squadron metals technology craftsman, takes tools out of a tool box Dec. 10, 2019, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Aircraft Metals Technology specialists are responsible for repairing and creating essential aircraft parts. From troubleshooting to final fitting, machinists and welders weld, fabricate and custom-make the metal components critical to the functionality of an aircraft. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman Elijah M. Dority)

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