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Ground equipment maintainers support flightline missions

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs safety wire on a generator part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs safety wire on a generator part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Matthew Platz, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, references technical orders while working on a defunct hydraulics pressure pump Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Matthew Platz, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, references technical orders while working on a defunct hydraulics pressure pump Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman David Rippberger, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, cleans brake pads on a towable air compressor Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Every two years the maintainers test brake parts for corrosion to ensure safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman David Rippberger, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, cleans brake pads on a towable air compressor Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Every two years the maintainers test brake parts for corrosion to ensure safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman David Rippberger, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, cleans brake pads on a towable air compressor Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The maintainers regularly test brake parts for corrosion to ensure safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman David Rippberger, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, cleans brake pads on a towable air compressor Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The maintainers regularly test brake parts for corrosion to ensure safety. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Antonio Simon, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs an improvised rubber seal to a towable jet fuel container Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.  The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Antonio Simon, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs an improvised rubber seal to a towable jet fuel container Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs safety wire on a generator part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, installs safety wire on a generator part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, threads safety wire on a diesel generator exhaust part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Michael Tallada, aerospace ground equipment apprentice and Guam native assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron, threads safety wire on a diesel generator exhaust part Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Holley, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, repairs wiring on a power generator’s control console Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Holley, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, repairs wiring on a power generator’s control console Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Holley, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, checks indicator lights on a power generator’s control console Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Jacob Holley, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, checks indicator lights on a power generator’s control console Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Dawuud Gibson, and Staff Sgt. Orson Lyttle, both aerospace ground equipment technicians with the 36th Maintenance Squadron, assess screw thread on a damaged bolt Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)
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Senior Airman Dawuud Gibson, and Staff Sgt. Orson Lyttle, both aerospace ground equipment technicians with the 36th Maintenance Squadron, assess screw thread on a damaged bolt Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Airman 1st Class Dawuud Gibson, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, adjusts a screw on an aircraft tripod jack Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)
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Airman 1st Class Dawuud Gibson, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, adjusts a screw on an aircraft tripod jack Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

Senior Airman Sean Matkosky, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, changes a tire on a bomb lift Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)
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Senior Airman Sean Matkosky, aerospace ground equipment journeyman and deployed member of the 36th Maintenance Squadron, changes a tire on a bomb lift Aug. 12, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The AGE maintainers care for a variety of essential equipment used during aircraft maintenance and preflight operations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexander W. Riedel/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- Airmen assigned to the 36th Maintenance Squadron Aerospace Ground Equipment Flight are responsible for a variety of essential equipment that helps keep the B-52 Stratofortress and other aircraft here operational.

From bomb-loading lifts and munitions trailers to generators that provide aircraft and maintenance units with electrical power, each piece of equipment serves a purpose and helps flightline crews complete their mission.