By Senior Airman Quay Drawdy, 18th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 15, 2017
U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Oldham, 18th Mission Support Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Heilman, 18th MSG command chief, cut a ribbon to signify the opening of the Air Force's only operational cryogenic production plant June 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cryogenics technicians work with oxygen and nitrogen in support of more than 30 units on Kadena that utilize cryogenic assets. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Patrick Launey, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, provides opening remarks at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the only operational cryogenic production plant in the Air Force June 16, 2017, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Cryogenic technicians with the 18th LRS provide units with liquid oxygen, which is used primarily for aircraft as a compact oxygen supply for pilots. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Quay Drawdy)
The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron opened the U.S. Air
Force's only operational cryogenic production plant June 16, 2017, at Kadena
Air Base, Japan.
The sole operational cryogenic production plant will
significantly impact the way that cryogenic technicians do their jobs.
“This is going to help us a lot,” said Airman 1st Class
Olavio Bisneto, 18th LRS cryogenics production technician. “With the new plant,
we’ll be self-sufficient and we can provide more material to our customers at a
vastly reduced cost to the Air Force.”
Prior to the opening of the new plant, all of the liquid
oxygen and nitrogen needed across Okinawa had to be procured through off-base
“We would work with contractors and local organizations to
provide material,” said Master Sgt. Donald Scott, 18th LRS NCOIC of cryogenics
production. “Now we can produce more than 1,500 gallons of liquid oxygen and
more than 2,000 gallons of liquid nitrogen every day.”
Cryogenics technicians work with sub-zero temperatures to
convert oxygen and nitrogen into liquids, which can then be used by more than
30 units across Okinawa for operations ranging from maintaining oxygen supply
levels in aircraft to helping maintenance personnel ensure certain nuts and
bolts are securely fastened.