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909th AMU powers refueling capabilities across Pacific

An Airman talks on a headset.

A U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker flies over Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. KC-135s can be used to transport patients during aeromedical evacuations as well as their normal duty of aerial refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Aircrew stand in front of a KC-135.

U.S. Airmen from the 909th Air Refueling Squadron and 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit conduct a pre-flight briefing in front of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Pre-flight briefings are an opportunity for aircrew and technicians to go over any maintenance done to the aircraft before a flying operation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

An Airman talks on a headset.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, powers on a generator connected to a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. The generator provides power to the KC-135 while parked, which utilizes four turbofans mounted under the wings to power itself during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

An Airman talks on a headset.

U.S. Airman Patrick Cox, left, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems apprentice, and Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, right, 909th AMU aerospace propulsion journeyman, run through the pre-flight checks for a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. The 909th AMU maintains KC-135’s and provides support to the 909th Air Refueling Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

An Airman talks on a headset.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, communicates with the pilot during the pre-flight checks for a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Communication is paramount to safely and efficiently resolving issues, ensuring the mission is accomplished at the end of the day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

An Airman hands the communication cord to another Airman.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, left, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, and Airman Patrick Cox, right, 909th AMU instrument and flight control systems apprentice, exchange the communication cord connected to a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Pre-flight checks ensure smooth flying operations and are an essential step for the safety of both the pilot and the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

An Airman squats while talking on a headset.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, communicates with the pilot during pre-flight checks for a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. The KC-135 Stratotanker supplies core aerial refueling capabilities for the Department of Defense, supporting U.S. military and allied nation aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Close up of a hand disconnecting a communication cord from an aircraft.

Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit aerospace propulsion journeyman, disconnects a communication cord from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. The 909th Air Refueling Squadron provides air-to-air refueling capabilities for aircraft, and the Airmen from the 909th AMU are a vital part of ensuring the mission is accomplished. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

Two Airmen walk next to a KC-135 aircraft.

U.S. Airman Patrick Cox, left, 909th Aircraft Maintenance Unit instrument and flight control systems apprentice, and Airman 1st Class Jacob Moore, right, 909th AMU aerospace propulsion journeyman, finish launching procedures for a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker at Kadena Air Base, Japan, Sept. 22, 2021. Airmen from the 909th AMU work around the clock to ensure refueling operations can be carried out, day or night. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Anna Nolte)

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