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Maintaining Agile Combat Airlift: 19th AMXS Knights keep aircrew safe

A man walks with a tow tractor towing a C-130J.

Staff Sgt. Robert Donlay, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, monitors a C-130J being towed May 1, 2018 on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The MB-4 tow tractor has a drawbar pull rating of 16,000 lbs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

Man bends over holding metal attachment towards front end of tow tractor.

Staff Sgt. Robert Donlay, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, hooks up a C-130J to a tow tractor May 1, 2018 on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. A team of more than five Airmen worked together to safely remove the C-130J from the hangar that it was parked in. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A man unscrews a panel on a C-130J.

Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Stone, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, installs jump platforms on a C-130J May 1, 2018 on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Jump platforms are used by individuals parachuting out of the aircraft by exiting the side doors. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A man puts a large plug into the side of a C-130J.

Airman 1st Class Williams James, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, plugs an AM32A-86A Diesel Engine Generator Set into a C-130J May 1, 2018 on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. James was conducting upgrade training and required the generator to power the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A man looks at an open laptop.

Airman 1st Class Ryan Silverman and Airman 1st Class Jeremiah Stone, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chiefs, look up technical orders during upgrade training May 1, 2018 at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Technical Orders are performance standards used for the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Rhett Isbell)

A male works in the dark at night on a C-130J.

Senior Airman Jason Jones, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit crew chief, performs pre-flight checks on a C-130J May 7, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Preventive and reactive maintenance keeps aircrew from being surprised with an issue, while also fixing a problem when it arises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A male works in the dark at night on a C-130J.

Senior Airman Quincy Brayton, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit crew chief, fills out a pre-flight checklist for a C-130J before a flight May 7, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th AMXS Knights Unit is comprised of six maintenance-related career fields that work around-the-clock to support the Agile Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A male works in the dark at night on a C-130J.

Pre-flight checks are done on a C-130J while a thunderstorm brews in the distance May 7, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit is comprised of six maintenance-related career fields that work around-the-clock to support the Agile Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A male works in the dark at night on a C-130J.

Pre-flight checks are done on a C-130J in the early hours of the morning May 7, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit is comprised of six maintenance-related career fields that work around-the-clock to support the Agile Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A male works in the dark at night on a C-130J.
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Tech. Sgt. Michael Anderson, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit crew chief, inspects a C-130J before a flight, May 7, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Preventive and reactive maintenance keeps aircrew from being surprised with an issue, while also fixing a problem when it arises. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Grace Nichols)

A main who is silhouetted takes a took to the wing of a C-130J with a propeller in the background.
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A maintainer from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron diagnoses an issue with a C-130J wing May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. There are six maintenance-related career fields in the Knights unit assigned to diagnosing and fixing specific components on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A man in the Airman Battle Uniform walks on the wing of a C-130J aircraft.
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Staff Sgt. Jacob Porter, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit aerospace propulsion craftsman, readies C-130J engines for inspection May 8, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The engine section is one of the six maintenance-related career fields in the Knights unit assigned to diagnosing and fixing specific components on the aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Three men in the Airman Battle Uniform stand in a C-130J aircraft.
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Maintainers from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron repair a C-130J May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Six maintenance related career fields make up the 19th AMXS supporting the Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

Two men in the Airman Battle Uniform stand on a platform and clean off the inside of a C-130J aircraft wing.
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Airman 1st Class Bryant Logan, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit crew chief, cleans out the aircraft wing after a flight with another 19th AMXS maintainer May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Six maintenance related career fields make up the 19th AMXS supporting the Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

A man in a tan long sleeve shirt reaches in an aircraft engine.
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A maintainer from the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron repairs a C-130J engine May 4, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. The 19th AMXS supports numerous squadrons, groups and wings around LRAFB to complete the Combat Airlift mission. (U.S. Air Force photos by Airman 1st Class Kristine M. Gruwell)

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The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Knights Unit is comprised of six maintenance-related career fields that work around-the-clock to support the Agile Combat Airlift mission.

The unit is divided into five sections: crew chiefs, engines guidance and control, electrical, hydraulics, and communication and navigation.

All sections support the 19th Airlift Wing and its tenant units, working in sync to maintain the C-130 fleet and assist aircrew.

Some of the units’ responsibilities include humanitarian efforts, moving cargo or personnel and performing scheduled and unscheduled maintenance. The preventive and reactive maintenance keeps aircrew from being surprised with an issue, while also fixing a problem when it arises.

“Each shop within the Knights unit is tasked with a special component of the plane to make sure it’s always good to go,” said Senior Airman Quincy Brayton, 19th AMXS Knights Unit crew chief. “When a plane becomes non-mission capable, specially skilled and trained Airmen diagnose and fix the issue, safeguarding our aircrew while flying around the world.”

From repairing aircraft parts to delivering aid, the diverse Knights unit ensures the C-130 and aircrew are ready for the flight.