Sirens and alarms assaulted the senses inside the claustrophobic stairwell of the 13-floor tower as firefighters raced to the top, donning 60 pounds of protective gear in addition to hoses, chairs , axes, and tools. With the deep hiss of each breath from respirator masks, every laborious heave of their boots was one step closer to saving the lives of victims trapped in smoke and flames.
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan—Walt Disney’s frozen head and the X-Files are just a few of the things thought of in relation to cryogenics. However, on Kadena, as well as bases throughout the Air Force, cryogenics technicians help get aircraft off the ground.
Cryogenics technicians support 33 different agencies here, from maintenance squadrons to the hospital.