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20th EMS AGE hosts Team Shaw officers

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Airmen assigned to the 20th Fighter Wing participate in a 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight immersion at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, Feb. 4, 2021. The Shaw AFB Company Grade Officers Council plans to organize more unit immersions to better connect officers to the mission and with each other. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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U.S. Air Force Capt. William Douglass, 20th Communication Squadron director of operations, drives an MJ1-B/C Munitions Loader at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Feb. 4, 2021. Douglass participated in a Shaw AFB Company Grade Officers Council tour of the 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment (AGE) facility to connect with fellow officers and to learn about the AGE mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Devin Ferrell, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment (AGE) craftsman, left, briefs 2nd Lt. Hudson Pearce, 20th Logistics Readiness Squadron maintenance support liaison officer, center, and 1st Lt. Paul Hefner, 20th Fighter Wing Staff Agency chaplain, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Feb. 4, 2021. Ferrell led an inspection of a FL-1D light to demonstrate what AGE Airmen do during an immersion tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

Photo of Airmen reading a manual.

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jacquelyn Fortenberry, 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron (EMS) aerospace ground equipment (AGE) craftsman, center, briefs 2nd Lt. Alicia Byrne, 20th Maintenance Group executive officer, right, and Capt. Daphine Lugo, 20th Medical Group clinical psychologist, at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, Feb. 4, 2021. Fortenberry briefed Byrne and Lugo on 20th EMS AGE safety precautions and chemical exposure contingencies to ensure Airmen’s safety during an immersion tour. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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The 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment flight invited Team Shaw company grade officers to tour their facility and to network, Jan. 4.

“We are looking to build interconnectivity,” said 2nd Lt. Alyssa Beyler, 20th EMS AGE flight commander. “We designed this immersion to connect officers in other units to the AGE flight’s mission and with each other.”

Beyler said her team wanted to help increase the knowledge of their capabilities.

AGE specialists maintain equipment used by other maintenance career fields to fix aircraft. The immersion involved a facility tour, operating AGE equipment and a trip around the flightline to see the equipment AGE maintainers deliver in action supporting 20th FW Vipers.

“As the maintenance group chaplain, it was extremely valuable to better understand everything my Airmen are working with on a daily basis,” said 1st Lt. Paul Hefner, 20th Fighter Wing chaplain. “When Airmen talk to me, they speak the language of their shop.”

The AGE immersion was designed to increase officers’ understanding of different 20th FW units and see how the units they lead work together.

“I think the immersion was a success,” said Beyler. “I heard officers sharing how they can better work together and were building relationships. We are also planning on holding an enlisted maintenance immersion in our facility to improve knowledge of our equipment to work more effectively work together.”

Officers from every group in the 20th FW, as well as the 482nd Attack Squadron and Fifteenth Air Force attended the immersion.

“Everyone on base plays a part in someone else’s job,” said Beyler. “It’s important to understand how that works and will help us all accomplish our mission.”