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    Fleet Readiness Center Southeast artisan honored for keeping Warthogs snorting

    Prepping an A-10 for a sortie

    Photo By Senior Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo | An A-10 Warthog prepares to take off from Al Asad Air Base to provide close air...... read more read more



    Story by Clifford Davis 

    Fleet Readiness Center Southeast

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – U.S. Air Force civilian and military personnel paid a visit to Fleet Readiness Center Southeast on August 15 to personally thank an artisan for his work in keeping the A-10 Thunderbolt II, or “Warthog,” flying.

    Air Force Master Sgt. Sean Wells, and Elliott Mullinax, a project manager with the TF34 engine program, presented pneudraulics systems mechanic Donald Hunnicutt with a 421st Supply Chain Management Squadron coin and a formal letter of appreciation for his work producing seal kits for the Warthog engine’s oil system.

    “We wanted to come thank you in person,” Mullinax said. “Your work producing those crucial oil seals, has been tremendous.”

    Mullinax explained that the work Hunnicutt performed allowed the Air Force to complete about 20 engines that were waiting on the seals. Now the engines can be finished, and added to the supply chain.

    “The engines couldn’t be produced without those seals,” he said. “Once he got the kits, Mr. Hunnicutt worked diligently to produce those carbon seals and get them shipped out.”

    FRCSE is a Navy command, but has been involved with TF34 work for years. The engine that powers the Warthog was the power plant of the now-retired Navy S-3 Viking. In addition to the oil system work, the engines are overhauled at the plant’s Crinkley Engine Facility.

    Though his work earned praise from the Air Force, Hunnicutt eschewed any special effort on his part.

    “That’s what they pay me to do, so I don’t mind doing it,” he said.



    Date Taken: 08.17.2017
    Date Posted: 08.17.2017 10:13
    Story ID: 245134
    Location: US

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