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Sheet metal techs reinforce Kadena's airpower

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice inventories the contents of a toolbox.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Ever Madera-Schelp, right, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, inventories the contents of a toolbox beside, Senior Airman Joseph Dunne, left, 18th EMS aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. At the beginning and end of every shift, aircraft structural maintenance specialists ensure all tools are accounted for and fully operational. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance repair aircraft structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron practice repairing damage to aircraft structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. With Kadena AB being the largest combat wing overseas, Airmen across all four sections of the 18th EMS Fabrication Flight play a vital role in ensuring aircraft are mission ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance repair aircraft structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Traweek, left, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, drills into a simulated aircraft structure while, Staff Sgt. Robert Wood, right, 18th EMS aircraft structural maintenance craftsman, monitors his progress at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. Simulated aircraft structures, mock portions of an airframe made specifically for training, promote hands-on learning essential for aircraft structural maintenance apprentices in becoming masters of their craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists repair structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Matthew Traweek, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, inspects the results of his drill training on a simulated aircraft structure at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. The process of repairing the simulated damage involves chain drilling around it, removing the damaged part with snips and reinforcing it with a metal sheet formed to perfectly fit the airframe’s contour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance repair aircraft structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alec Swirczek, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, feeds a sheet of metal through a slip roller at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. This slip roller is a hand-operated machine used to bend metal sheets, forming a rounded contour that precisely matches the airframe in need of repair. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists repair structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alec Swirczek, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, grinds through a piece of metal at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. The 18th EMS Fabrication Flight further ensures the structural integrity of all repairs by splitting their metal shop into two sections: the north side, specializing in “heavy” aircraft like KC-135 Stratotankers, and the south side, specializing in F-15C Eagles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists repair structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Javier Medina, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, applies an anti-corrosive primer to a repaired KC-135 Stratotanker cowl at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. When the North Side Aircraft Structural Maintenance shop receives a damaged part for repair, they perform a bench test, where the entire structure is visually inspected to ensure there is no hidden damage or corrosion. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance specialists repair structures at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021.

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Alec Swirczek, 18th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance apprentice, inventories the contents of a toolbox at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Aug. 16, 2021. The 18th EMS aircraft structural maintenance specialists make it their mission to ensure the structural integrity of Kadena’s aircraft is steadfast and ready to deliver airpower anytime, anywhere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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