The Air Force’s vaunted combat search and rescue forces wouldn’t get very far without the constant behind-the-scenes work of the HH-60 Pave Hawk maintainers. The Red Tail Flyer reports that even though they are few in number, the airmen of the 64th Expeditionary Helicopter Maintenance Unit in Southwest Asia perform vital checks of each aircraft every 72 hours, breaking the helos down into six section to inspect. The unit’s helicopters fly a total of 250 hours a month, which TSgt. Michael Montagno, says, “does wear on the airframe, and things such as cracks and body damage must be fixed on a regular basis.”
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.