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Egress specialists: Propelling pilots safely

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jozel Ortizpino, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, inspects an F-15 Eagle ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. Egress Airmen ensure pilots can safely eject from aircraft in the event of an emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jozel Ortizpino, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, inspects an F-15 Eagle ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. The egress shop performs maintenance and coordination of seats, hatches and modules to make sure every component of an ejection seat is in working order. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jozel Ortizpino, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, identifies corrosion found on an ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. The egress shop diagnoses and recommends corrective actions when performing inspections. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jozel Ortizpino, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, observes the removal of an oxygen tank from an ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. Egress Airmen handle and maintain explosive devices used to operate escape systems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jozel Ortizpino, left, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems journeyman, and Airman 1st Class Arnaud Yougbare, right, 18th CMS egress systems apprentice, remove an oxygen tank from an F-15 Eagle ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. The oxygen tank found on an ejection seat is portable, which allows pilots to have supplemental oxygen even in the event of an emergency ejection. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Arnaud Yougbare, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems apprentice, uses a screwdriver to remove an oxygen tank from an F-15 Eagle ejection seat at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. Once removed, the oxygen tank will be sent over to the 18th CMS electrical and environmental shop to be serviced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Arnaud Yougbare, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems apprentice, writes on the processing tag of an item sent in for repair at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. Each egress inspection can take up to one month to complete, depending on what repairs are required. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

Egress Airman

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Arnaud Yougbare, 18th Component Maintenance Squadron egress systems apprentice, logs an oxygen tank to be repaired at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 13, 2021. All parts removed from an ejection seat for repair are recorded to ensure accountability of equipment at all times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yosselin Perla)

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