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353rd SOAMXS Airmen swap MC-130J engine, maintain readiness

irmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The Commando II flies clandestine, or low visibility, single or multiship, low-level air refueling missions for special operations helicopters and tiltrotor aircraft, and infiltration, exfiltration, and resupply of special operations forces. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

irmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edgar Luna, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, prepares an AE2100D3 Rolls Royce engine for an engine swap procedure Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The maintenance crews can change MC-130J Commando II engines in a matter of hours, ensuring the aircraft remains ready to support any contingency, disaster response, or humanitarian aid. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

irmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Edgar Luna, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman, prepares an AE2100D3 Rolls Royce engine for an engine swap procedure Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The MC-130J Commando II’s versatility includes the airframe’s ability to undergo entire engine changes performed by a small team of technicians anywhere on the flight line. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

irmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Rousseau, Staff Sgt. James Swetland, both aerospace propulsion craftsmen, and Senior Airman Cordell George, aerospace propulsion journeyman, all assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pull a propeller off an MC-130J Commando II during an engine swap procedure Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 353rd SOAMXS maintainers work around the clock to ensure aircraft are ready to provide combat ready, responsive, specialized airpower and enables the 353rd Special Operations Group to execute the full spectrum of the special operations forces mission throughout the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

irmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron pull a propeller off an MC-130J Commando II during an engine swap procedure Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The 353rd SOAMXS maintainers enable the 1st Special Operations Squadron, which operates the Commando II, to conduct contingency operations in support of special operations forces throughout the Pacific Theater. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Airmen assigned to the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conduct an engine swap procedure on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. As part of the 353rd Special Operations Group, the maintainers enable special operations forces members to maintain a worldwide mobility commitment, participate in Pacific Theater exercises, and support humanitarian and relief operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

Airmen from the 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron perform engine maintenance on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt Brandon Rousseau, 353rd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, guides an AE2100D3 Rolls Royce engine toward its mounting point during an engine swap procedure on an MC-130J Commando II Aug. 6, 2020, at Kadena Air Base, Japan. The versatile airframe, which specializes in special operations forces missions, enables Rousseau and a small team of technicians to swap out an entire engine in a matter of hours, minimizing ground time needed for these types of maintenance projects. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Reft)

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