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AGE reservists keep F-35 ready for flight

Staff Sgt. Emmanuel May, an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic in the 419th Maintenance Squadron, unloads a trailer March 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Staff Sgt. Emmanuel May, an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic in the 419th Maintenance Squadron, unloads a trailer March 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. May pulled the trailer out of service to address a safety discrepancy and perform an inspection. Routine inspections and preventative maintenance help the Air Force Reserve save money while continuing to serve the mission during their monthly training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phil Cowen)

Senior Airman Cole Hardman, an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic in the 419th Maintenance Squadron, removes a coalescing filter during an inspection on an electric air cart March 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Senior Airman Cole Hardman, an Aerospace Ground Equipment mechanic in the 419th Maintenance Squadron, removes a coalescing filter during an inspection on an electric air cart March 7, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Hardman was performing a 364-day inspection, which helps to ensure a long lifespan of the cart. Reservists serve one weekend a month and two weekends a year to stay trained and deployable at a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phil Cowen)

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah – Aerospace Ground Equipment personnel from the 419th Maintenance Squadron are trained to maintain and repair the equipment that supplies electricity, hydraulic pressure, and air pressure to the F-35.

From inspecting and troubleshooting to making hands-on repairs, these maintenance professionals ensure Hill’s fleet of F-35s are always ready for flight. In addition to diagnosing malfunctions and repairing AGE, these specialized maintainers perform troubleshooting, inspect, and prepare the equipment for storage and mobility deployment.

The Air Force Reserve 419th Fighter Wing and active duty 388th Fighter Wing fly and maintain the F-35 in a Total Force partnership that capitalizes on the strengths of both components.