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76th EDMX trains to repair aircraft battle damage

Two men working on wing of airplane

Members of the 76th Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight repair simulated wiring, hydraulic line and sheet metal damage caused by a projectile during a training exercise conducted March 25, 2021 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Airmen only use tools they would have available to them in a deployed location to repair the simulated damage. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isiah Martinez)

Two men repairing airplane

Tech. Sgt. Greg Schneider, and Staff Sgt. Anthony Orsini, 76th AMXG Expeditionary Depot Maintenance craftsmen, install a sheet metal patch onto a B-1 nacelle as part of a training exercise conducted March 25, 2021 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The training validates the Airmen’s ability to repair aircraft battle damage under austere conditions. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isiah Martinez)

Airmen assisting injured person

Exercise participants perform self-aid buddy care procedures on an EDMX member given an “inject” card during a training exercise conducted March 23, 2021 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Inject cards describe elaborate scenarios members must correctly react to in order to continue the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isiah Martinez

Airmen standing in front of equipment

Members of the 76th Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight conduct rapid repairs on B-52 and KC-135 aircraft during training conducted March 22, 2021 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. During the exercise, Airmen spend the first two days in Mission Oriented Protective Posture gear, or MOPP gear. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isiah Martinez)

Equipment on a table

A table is laid out with repair components to be used by 76th Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight during an exercise conducted March 24, 2021 at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Aircraft Battle Damage Repair technicians are expected to be able to perform repairs on pulleys, push-pull rods, wire splices, hydraulic line and sheet metal using only materials made available to them in the War Wagon exercise. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isiah Martinez)

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As sounds of explosions rang out, members of the 76th Expeditionary Depot Maintenance Flight scrambled to take cover. They seamlessly affixed their gas masks onto their faces in response and quickly ran to the nearest shelter.

Upon arrival at the shelter, Staff Sgt. Harrison Mishler, Expeditionary Depot Maintenance craftsman, discovered he had been exposed to a “chemical agent.” Without hesitation, Tech. Sgt. Greg Schneider, also a maintenance craftsman, jumped into action.  He assessed the situation and treated the described symptoms with self-aid buddy care techniques, demonstrating flawless execution.

Of course, all of this an exercise, however it highlights the Aircraft Battle Damage Repair members’ ability to perform their wartime mission.

EDMX, a flight within the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group, recently conducted its quarterly exercise to evaluate its members’ ability to not only perform rapid repairs, but also their ability to survive and operate in a hostile environment.

Prior to the exercise, axes and sledgehammers were used on the unit’s KC-135 and B-52 trainer assets, located on the training pad at Bldg. 860, to simulate real-world damage. EDMX members are trained to perform a full gambit of repairs, including wire splicing, hydraulic lines, push-pull rods, pulleys, substructure and sheet metal to ensure full spectrum maintenance repair readiness.

“ABDR bolsters a super maintainer mindset that aligns with [Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q.] Brown’s vision of Accelerate Change or Lose with multifaceted Airmen,” Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Taylor, EDMX superintendent, explained. “Exercises give us the chance to continually hone our abilities and evolve to meet current and future wartime requirements.”

The EDMX Flight is responsible for maintaining combat readiness and ensuring that any damage received in battle will not hinder the tanker and bomber fleets.  To meet this goal, Airmen simulate a variety of attacks and scenarios, testing their skills and ability to operate in a contested environment.

The 26 members of the unit take this obligation seriously, and their professionalism and proficiency are easily conveyed as they conduct exercises.