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Diverse maintenance tasks ensure Bloody Hundredth’s support of global reach mission

Airman inspecting aircraft components

Airman 1st Class Triston Good-Bishop, 100th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection apprentice, washes away penetrant from an aircraft part July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The penetrant is used to identify cracks and imperfections, which ensures a corrupted aircraft component does not impede flight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman working with equipment

Airman 1st Class Miranda Purdie, 100th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, powers off a nitrogen cart after a leak inspection July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Functioning nitrogen carts enable the inflation of KC-135 Stratotanker tires. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman searching for cracked components

Senior Airman Ladalia Smith, 100th Maintenance Squadron non-destructive inspection journeyman, detects cracks in a CV-22 Osprey aircraft drive tube using an eddy current unit July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Non-destructive inspection Airmen detect cracks in components that could cause damage to an aircraft if gone unnoticed. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman working with ground equipment for aircraft.

Senior Airman Nnkeha Streeter, 100th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, assembles a tow bar July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The AGE flight maintains the ground equipment other maintainers utilize to work on aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman inside aircraft compartment

Airman 1st Class Torris Colston, 100th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, looks for foreign object debris in the tail compartment of a KC-135 Stratotanker July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The FOD check improves aircrew safety by confirming unaccounted parts don’t take flight that could impact the operation of the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman repairs wiring on aircraft

Senior Airman David Boyles, 100th Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment journeyman, repairs wiring on a generator July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. Generators supply power to the aircraft when the engines are off, enabling pilots and maintainers to perform pre-flight checks without using fuel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

Airman standing on staircase

Airman 1st Class Torris Colston, 100th Maintenance Squadron crew chief, screws on a KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft panel July 28, 2020, at RAF Mildenhall, England. The 100th MXS crew chiefs support the readiness of KC-135 Stratotankers through their performance of a diverse set of maintenance tasks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Joseph Barron)

RAF Mildenhalll, England --

Maintainers within the 100th Maintenance Squadron Fabrication, Aerospace Ground Equipment and Maintenance flights ensure 100th Air Refueling Wing KC-135 Stratotankers can deliver aerial refueling around-the-clock.

From repairing tow bars to inspecting aircraft components for cracks, Airmen complete a variety of maintenance tasks in support of the Air Force’s global reach mission.