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  • E and E: aircraft physicians

    Imagine flying at 15,000 feet and all at once the engines stop, display screens power down, flight controls fail and the air becomes unbreathable. As catastrophic as this may sound, mishaps like these are avoided regularly as a result of the 23d Component Maintenance Squadron’s electrical and environmental specialists. From cabin pressurization to engine control, these experts play a critical role in keeping Moody’s fleet of A-10C Thunderbolt IIs, HH-60G Pave Hawks and HC-130J Combat King IIs and their crews safe.
  • Chaplain gains new perspective

    Deployments often raise thoughts of Airmen in combat zones, operating in foreign communities that may not understand their presence. In some deployed locations Chaplains can provide opportunities for Airmen to get into these communities and give back. One U.S. Air Force Chaplain used a deployment to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras as part of Joint Task Force Bravo to help Airmen take their minds off the stressors of home and engage in humanitarian efforts. “One of the cool things we got to do there that we don’t get to do [stateside] is we had nine orphanages that we were responsible for getting volunteers for,” said U.S. Air Force Capt. Timothy Dahl, 23d Wing Chaplain. “Almost every Saturday and some Sundays we had a group going out.”
  • SERE specialists past, path help others survive

    Growing up in a log cabin in the Michigan wilderness, one young man’s quest for adventure consisted of bushwhacking trails where he’d sometimes end up lost in the middle of nowhere with his survival at stake. While developing a love for finding his way to safety, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Travis Siegwart, 347th Operations Support Squadron NCO in charge of Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape training, pursues this same passion by helping aircrew members find ways to survive some of the most adverse situations.
  • Italian exchange pilot lives thunder standard

    Children dream. Some fantasize about winning the gold or being the best, but one young Italian boy’s childhood dream of becoming a pilot never died and years of hard work turned his dream into reality. Countless hours of hard work and perseverance took Capt. Roberto Manzo, 74th Fighter Squadron training assistant, from watching fighter jets in Italy to earning a spot in the Military Personnel Exchange Program and immersing himself into the world famous Flying Tigers.
  • Airman shares suicide story, raises awareness

    “February seventh, I attempted to commit suicide. “That day I took eight [painkillers],” said U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Kirk Nelson, 23d Force Support Squadron honor guard head trainer. “My body was shaking and I started throwing-up. I was lightheaded, standing outside in 32-degree weather and pouring sweat. People walking by asked if I was alright, but I wasn’t letting anybody know.” After roughly eight months, Nelson is ready to share how loss and stressors of daily military life inevitably brought the 27-year-old Airman to his breaking point with hopes his story will help others understand and prevent suicides.
  • Toastmasters make public speaking easy

    After sweating and stuttering in front of peers, agonizing over every mistake, what felt like forever is finally over. While retreating to their seat, the next person walks to the front and the cycle continues.Many people have memories of public speaking like this, but Moody’s very own Toastmasters Club, Moody Talking Tigers, encourages its members
  • Conventional ammo's firepower ensures Moody's airpower

    What makes Moody’s combat aircraft a force to be reckoned with? Is it their design and capabilities or the pilot’s expertise? Although one could make a case for each – one group of 40 Airmen would argue the answer is ultimately the bullets, bombs and missiles that show adversaries their lethalness. Responsible for this arsenal of damage-inflicting munitions is the 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s munitions flight conventional section.
  • ISO team returns C-130s to 'like new'

    Like cars, aircraft have inspections and tune-ups that are done periodically, but unlike cars, aircraft can’t push the limits and skip maintenance because if an aircraft breaks it can’t simply pull to the side of the road. Responsible for performing these inspections and tune-ups on all of Moody’s HC-130J Combat King II fleet is the 23d Equipment Maintenance Squadron isochronal inspection team.
  • PMEL contractors still 'bleed blue'

    For some, hanging up the uniform doesn’t take away one’s desire to serve. Still embodying this passion is a group of prior enlisted maintainers, who continue to ‘bleed blue.’‘One team, no seam’ is the motto of the 23d Component Maintenance Squadron’s Precision Measurement Equipment Laboratory, where a team of contractors calibrated maintenance
  • MXG Airman's innovation 'triggers' AF-level change

    One maintenance Airman used attention to detail paired with problem solving skills to remove unnecessary and costly stages of maintenance that will save the Air Force money, resources and manpower. U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jacob DelTedsco, 23d Component Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental systems craftsman, triggered a change in maintenance guidelines to A-10C Thunderbolt IIs across the Air Force by identifying a more efficient way to repair slew switches used for navigation and targeting.