Airmen work behind the scenes to ensure MacDill’s mission pushes forward

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  • By Airman 1st Class Rito Smith
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs

Airmen across the Air Force use different types of transportation to fulfill their missions; ranging from refueling trucks to fire trucks, and even ambulances. Behind the scenes, there is a group of Airmen making sure those vehicles are ready at all times.

Vehicle maintenance Airmen work in a variety of shops, each having their own unique skills they contribute to the MacDill mission.

“We have the general purpose, or main shop, the fire truck shop and the material handling equipment shop that the Airmen rotate through based on manning and demand,” said Staff Sgt. Xavier Torres, a vehicle maintenance technician assigned to the 6th Logistics Readiness Squadron. “Anytime a vehicle breaks or needs routine maintenance, the section assigned to them will try to meet or exceed a deadline on the maintenance.”

Torres explained that there are a lot of little details they have to pay attention to whenever repairing a vehicle.

“I just changed out and rotated all of the tires on one of the refueling trucks because the air valves have to be offset from each other by exactly 180 degrees,” said Torres. “We have to do this so if the tire pressure gets low the operator can reach both sides without going underneath the vehicle and creating a safety hazard.”

Although vehicle maintenance Airmen focus on the smallest details, they know how much of an impact their career field has on MacDill.

“I try to tell my Airmen that no matter what happens or where it happens, it doesn’t happen without a vehicle,” said Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Campbell, a vehicle management flight chief assigned to the 6th LRS. “Whether it’s the vehicles taking flight crews to the aircraft, refueling trucks making sure the aircraft can fly, or our fire trucks and ambulances needing to respond to an emergency, it doesn’t happen without us working every day behind the scenes.”