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19 AMXS leads C-130J maintenance ops for Hurricane Maria relief

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Airman 1st Class Patrick Dove, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmental systems specialist, prepares an oxygen tank for an aeromedical evacuation mission to Puerto Rico Sept. 25, 2017, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. In addition to the 19th AMXS, members from the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadrons, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., flew to MacDill AFB to support aeromedical evacuations out of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Two people on a maintenance stand work on an airplane prop on a flight line at night.

Two members of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., repair a gear box oil pressure switch on a C-130J Sept. 25, 2017, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. The 19th AMXS came to MacDill AFB to provide maintenance to C-130s conducting aeromedical evacuations out of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

Male monitors liquid oxygen levels while transferring them to a  green portable liquid oxygen unit.

Airman 1st Class Patrick Dove, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron electrical environmental systems specialist, prepares an oxygen tank for an aeromedical evacuation mission to Puerto Rico Sept. 25, 2017, at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla. In addition to the 19th AMXS, members from the 41st and 61st Airlift Squadrons, Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., flew to MacDill AFB to support aeromedical evacuations out of Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mercedes Taylor)

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --

Members of the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, are providing maintenance to C-130J aircraft at MacDill Air Force Base, in the midst of relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Maria.

In addition to the 19th AMXS, the 61st Airlift Squadron and 41st Airlift Squadron aircrews were deployed to MacDill AFB to support aeromedical evacuations from of Puerto Rico in the wake of the hurricane.

Since arriving at MacDill AFB, maintenance operations have been running 24/7.

“We have been conducting inspections on aircraft every 72 hours to ensure they’re ready to go at a moment’s notice,” said Master Sgt. Michael Raver, 19 AMXS aircraft section chief. “Inspections entail looking over tires, fuel, systems and even preparing oxygen tanks for patients during aeromedical evacuation missions.”

Thirty-two members of the 19th AMXS make up approximately 75 percent of the C-130 maintainer workforce at MacDill AFB. Little Rock Airmen work alongside members from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, to provide maintenance to three Little Rock AFB C-130s, two C-130s from Dyess AFB and Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi.

“Contributing to the aeromedical evacuation mission like this is very rewarding,” said Staff Sgt. Matthew Frederick, 19th AMXS integrated avionics system specialist. “We’re making sure people have the resources to bring those affected by Hurricane Maria to safety and get the medical attention they need.”

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