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Team Shaw tests agile equipment

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Tech. Sgt. Lamonte McCoy, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Viper avionics instructor, left, and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rockdaschel, 55th Fighter Generation Squadron avionics noncommissioned officer in charge, perform an F-16 avionics check on an F-16 at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 5, 2021. Modern power and air generation equipment combines the functionality of two pieces of current Air Force equipment in one to create a more mobile platform. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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Tech. Sgt. Lamonte McCoy, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Viper avionics instructor, left, and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rockdaschel, 55th Fighter Generation Squadron avionics noncommissioned officer in charge, test F-16 components at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 5, 2021. McCoy and Rockdaschel performed a demonstration of current 20th Fighter Wing aerospace ground equipment before testing new power and air generation equipment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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Tech. Sgt. Daniel Rockdaschel, 55th Fighter Generation Squadron avionics noncommissioned officer in charge, starts an A/M32A-60A Generator at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, June 5, 2021. The 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron is exploring ways to test aircraft systems without turning on the engine and without needing increased manpower to complete the test. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

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Tech. Sgt. Lamonte McCoy, 372nd Training Squadron F-16 Viper avionics instructor, inserts an A/M32C-10A Air-Conditioner hose into an F-16 at Shaw Air Force Base (AFB), South Carolina, June 5, 2021. Shaw AFB Airmen have been researching and testing new equipment to check F-16 systems in contested environments. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Ingold)

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE S.C. -- The 20th Equipment Maintenance Squadron is serving as a test bed for new aerospace ground equipment to create a more agile force.

Airmen assigned to the 20th EMS aerospace ground equipment flight looked for ways to reduce their equipment footprint while maintaining readiness.

Avionics Airmen need to regularly test aircraft flight systems and currently use two pieces of equipment to power the aircraft and cool down components to prevent overheating. A single modern generator meets both of these requirements.

“With potentially using this new equipment, we would be able to accomplish the mission faster and easier,” said Master Sgt. Matthew Easterling, 20th EMS AGE flight chief. “We would also align ourselves more with our commander’s priorities and with the Agile Combat Employment concept.”

For the mission downrange, Airmen must bring all equipment needed in order to generate sorties from home station, therefore only needing to transport one generator instead of the two current pieces, would save transportation time, space and weight on the plane.

“We’ve already seen interest from other bases for using updated AGE,” said Timmy Dillard, Air Force Engineering and Technical Service technician. “This equipment is easier to maintain and more user friendly.

ACE Airmen are using solutions to modernize the force through technological advancements, helping the Air Force to build and sustain combat operations in dynamic and deployed environments.

“We want to enable our Airmen to operate as effectively as possible in any environment,” said Easterling. “We look forward to seeing how the new equipment performs and how our Airmen can utilize it in the future.”