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19th AMXS Airman supports Marine unit

Men wearing a flight suit prepare to put a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion onto a crane.

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, prepare to lower a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor failed during shutdown. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A man wearing the operational camouflage pattern uniform sits in a crane in front of a CH-53E Super Stallion.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Varner, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, assists Marines in the removal of a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor failed during shutdown. The 19th AMXS assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A man wearing a flight suit holds part of a helicopter rotor.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Randy Martin, 366th Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron weapons and tactics instructor, repairs a CH-53E Super Stallion at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor failed during shutdown. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

A man in the operational camouflage uniform in a crane speaks to a man in a flight suit and a headset.

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Varner, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, speaks with a Marine at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor on a CH-53E Super Stallion failed during shutdown. The 19th AMXS assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Men wearing the flight suit holde a rotor blade from a CH-53 E Super Stallion.

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, hold a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor on a CH-53E Super Stallion failed during shutdown. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

Men wearing a flight suit carry a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion.

Marines from Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina, remove a rotor blade from a CH-53E Super Stallion at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20, 2019. During a routine cross-country mission, parts of the rotor failed during shutdown. The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assisted maintenance Marines flown out to repair the aircraft, allowing the crew to continue their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Aaron Irvin)

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. --

The 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was called to assist a joint partner when a U.S. Marine CH-53E Super Stallion stopped for repair at Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Arkansas, March 20-21.

The 366th Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron’s aircraft was grounded during a routine flight for a weapons and tactics instructor course due to the rotor head failing upon shutdown operations.

The flight was cut short, but repair took significantly less time because U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Varner, 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, was sent out to support as a crane operator.

“Without Little Rock Air Force Base’s help in repairing the aircraft, we would have been waiting a much longer period of time for a contracted crane operator,” said U.S. Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 2 Patrick Webb, 366th Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron maintenance material control officer.

Due to the interoperability between the Airmen and the Marines, the aircraft was repaired and the Marines were able to continue with their mission and fly back to their home station, Marine Corps Air Station New River, North Carolina.

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