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20th AMXS crew chiefs Staff Sgt. Kenneth Holston

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon taxis back to its parking spot as other F-16's take off to perform sorties, June 19, 2012, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C. Flight operations at Shaw AFB are constant as pilots must keep their skills sharp to meet the demands of any global mission at a moment's notice.

SUMTER, S.C. — Crew chiefs and aircraft maintainers assigned to the 20th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron execute 24 hour operations 365 days a year to ensure Shaw’s war fighting aircraft, the F-16 Fighting Falcon is groomed for any global mission at all times.

This set of images shows 20th AMXS airmen maintaining and launching F-16’s giving fighter pilots the opportunity to perform sorties and maintain flight hours thus keeping their skills sharp.


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This work, Keeping them flying: 20th AMXS airmen work around the clock, by SSgt Kenneth Holston, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:06.25.2012

Date Posted:06.26.2012 13:51

Location:SUMTER, SC, USGlobe

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