480th EFS assists with MAAS certification

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  • By Senior Airman Monica Roybal
  • 386th Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs

Members assigned to the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production unit and fire department partnered with the 407th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron and the 386th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron to perform a Mobile Aircraft Arresting System certification for an F-16 Fighting Falcon assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron.

The system is comprised of two units secured on each side of a runway, which utilizes a cable to catch and stop a fighter aircraft in as little as 300-400 feet. The arresting cable weighs more than 550 pounds. Electrical power production unit members are required to perform daily system inspections and must record data to be analyzed after each engagement.

While deployed, the 480th EFS conducts a wide range of missions enhancing the unit's overall readiness and returns to U.S. European Command better prepared to support future operations.