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U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Cadwell, an air-crew flight equipment technician assigned to the 509th Operations Support Squadron, inspects a four-line re-lease at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., Aug. 21, 2017. The four-line release is used after the pilot has ejected and needs to steer the parachute to keep it from landing in an unsafe area. Inspection to perfection
At any given moment a pilot may need to eject from an aircraft. The Airmen of the 509th Operations Support Squadron (OSS) inspect and pack parachutes that could save a pilot’s life. These Airmen have an important job requiring them to look at every piece of the parachute before it is packed and ready to go.
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Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Fortney, center, a former 13th Bomb Squadron (BS) commander, and his family tour the B-2 Spirit during their visit with Lt. Col. Matthew Newell, third from right, the current 13th BS commander, and fellow Team Whiteman members at Whiteman Air Force Base (AFB), Mo., July 26, 2016. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, Fortney was chief of the control division at Barksdale AFB, La. He later transferred to Andersen AFB, Guam as the vice commander from June 1966 through July 1968. While at Andersen, he flew numerous B-52 Stratofortress missions over Vietnam. In 1968, he served as base commander of Blytheville AFB, Ark., until his retirement in June 1971. (U.S Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Jazmin Smith) 13 BS upholds legacy: I wanted to fly
Retired Col. Alvin R. Fortney commanded the 13th Bomb Squadron (BS) during the Korean War from December 1951-July 1952. Since he held the rank of major at the time he was selected, Fortney also received a spot promotion to lieutenant colonel as the position was slated. During his command, he was instrumental in bringing about the conversion of the 13th BS to a “hardnosed” squadron.
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