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PMEL calibrates Kadena

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, references a technical order at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. Technical orders are updated as needed and inform technicians on topics ranging from specifications of the equipment to instructions on how to safely calibrate it. Ensuring equipment is calibrated and working precisely allows Kadena to maintain a world-class strategic forward base and superiority in airpower. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, inspects the water trap of a TTU-205J test set at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. A visual inspection is one of the first steps of ensuring the equipment is functioning properly. The technician looks for obvious problems, like disconnected wires, as well as more subtle issues like rust and corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, examines a component of a TTU-205J test set at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. Depending on the piece of equipment, it can take hundreds of steps to calibrate properly. The technical expertise of the Airmen at PMEL allows them to produce accurate, reliable and traceable equipment that support operations across Kadena. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, dons hearing protection at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. PMEL ensures equipment ranging from the torque wrenches used to keep F-15 Eagles flying to the scales used for U.S. Air Force physical fitness tests are performing accurately. With an inventory of over 11 thousand pieces of equipment, PMEL receives equipment in all conditions and returns it once it is repaired and calibrated. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, calibrates a TTU-205J test set at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. The TTU-205J is used to test, troubleshoot and calibrate aircraft systems by simulating in-flight pressure conditions. It provides a known altitude and airspeed to the aircraft and tests the system's response to ensure accuracy, and in order to do so, the TTU-205J itself must be accurate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, calibrates a TTU-205J test set at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. After a preliminary self-test to check the user interface functions correctly, the test set is connected to a calibrator, which completes a pre-check before the calibration. This two-step process takes approximately three hours to complete, but is integral to ensuring the machine functions correctly. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

A precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron calibrates a piece of equipment.

Senior Airman Austin Jackson, a precision measurement equipment laboratory technician from the 18th Component Maintenance Squadron, unplugs the power source of a TTU-205J test set at Kadena Air Base, Japan, April 29, 2021. The 18th CMS PMEL supports not just Kadena, but 135 different work centers. This includes civilian work centers, and Osan, Kunsan, Yokota, and Misawa Air Base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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