Multitask-capable flying crew chiefs are key to keeping the highly used C-130s flying in Southwest Asia. “We need to know everything, including engines, navigation, electrical, hydraulics, and fuels,” SrA. Christopher Sutton, an Air Force Reserve Command crew chief from Pennsylvania, told Air Force journalist Maj. Ann Knabe. Another AFRC maintainer, SMSgt. Edward Rife, said, “Fortunately, C-130s are extremely reliable,” but, he added, when they do break, the flying chiefs “come to the rescue.”
Top lawmakers on Capitol Hill announced Dec. 2 that they have reached a deal to extend the continuing resolution funding the government into February. Now, the House and Senate will have to scramble to pass the legislation by 11:59 p.m. Dec. 3 to avoid a temporary shutdown.