AMU keeps aerial combat power in air

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, puts a panel back onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during mandatory 30 day gun-load maintenance on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares pilots for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, puts a panel back onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during mandatory 30 day gun-load maintenance on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares pilots for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, puts a panel back onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during mandatory 30 day gun-load maintenance on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares pilots for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Senior Airman Stephen Hoffler, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, puts a panel back onto an F-16 Fighting Falcon during mandatory 30 day gun-load maintenance on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares pilots for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class William Seay, left, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th AMU crew chief, complete a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class William Seay, left, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons load crew member, and Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th AMU crew chief, complete a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, completes a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, completes a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, completes a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, completes a standard aircraft launch procedure for an F-16 Fighting Falcon on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, signals an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot to proceed during a standard aircraft launch procedure on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany – Airman 1st Class Joshua Berard, 480th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, signals an F-16 Fighting Falcon pilot to proceed during a standard aircraft launch procedure on Ramp 4 here June 19. The 480th AMU plays a vital role in supporting the F-16’s combat training mission, which prepares them for regional defense and air superiority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Dillon Davis/Released)