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NGB and AMC Generals Tour Pease KC-46

Tech. Sgt. Ashley LaValley, an avionics technician with the 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, briefs Brig. Gen. Russell L. Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations and Brig. Gen. Richard W. Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, on KC-46 avionics systems maintenance procedures, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, N.H. The Wing is temporarily operating it’s KC-46 air refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport undergoes renovations from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Tech. Sgt. Ashley LaValley, an avionics technician with the 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, briefs Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection and Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations, on KC-46 avionics systems maintenance procedures, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, N.H. The Wing is temporarily operating it’s KC-46 air refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport undergoes renovations from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

From right, Tech. Sgt. Josef Notter, 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, demonstrates using a thermal camera to inspect KC-46 systems as part of routine maintenance to Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations and Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, during a KC-46 tour, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Manchester, New Hampshire. The wing is temporarily operating it's KC-46 refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport in Newington is renovated from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

From right, Tech. Sgt. Josef Notter, 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, demonstrates using a thermal camera to inspect KC-46 systems as part of routine maintenance to Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations and Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, during a KC-46 tour, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, Manchester, New Hampshire. The wing is temporarily operating it's KC-46 refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport in Newington is renovated from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Staff Sgt. John Woodward and Tech. Sgt. Andrew Morrison, both 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, demonstrate how in-house designed and 3-D printed plastic tools have the potential to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours in maintaining the KC-46 to Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, and Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 157th Air Refueling Wing is temporarily operating it's KC-46 refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport is renovated from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

Staff Sgt. John Woodward and Tech. Sgt. Andrew Morrison, both 157th Maintenance Group, New Hampshire Air National Guard, demonstrate how in-house designed and 3-D printed plastic tools have the potential to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of man-hours in maintaining the KC-46 to Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Headquarters Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, and Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations, Sept. 9, 2020, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, New Hampshire. The 157th Air Refueling Wing is temporarily operating it's KC-46 refueling mission out of the civilian airport while the runway at the Pease International Airport is renovated from Sept. 8-22. (Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Aaron Vezeau)

MANCHESTER, N.H. --

Brig. Gen. Russell Ponder, National Guard Bureau director of logistics and installations, and Brig. Gen. Richard Gibbs, Air Mobility Command director of logistics, engineering and force protection, visited Airmen of the 157th Maintenance Group, Sept. 9, at the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, New Hampshire.

The generals spoke with Airmen about the maintenance requirements of the new KC-46A.

Ponder also took time to recognize Master Sgt. Jake Dipold and Master Sgt. Aaron Marceau and provided them with his personal challenge coin for the successful execution of the Wing’s KC-135 divestitures from January-March 2019.

Pease crew chiefs and other specialist maintainers provided the generals with a tour of the KC-46A Pegasus air refueling tanker, showcasing a number of the plane’s features and capabilities, including the flight deck, the air refueling operator station and the cargo area.

The tour ended with a presentation by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Morrison and Staff Sgt. John Woodward. They showcased in-house designed and 3-D printed plastic tools that have the potential to save the Air Force hundreds of thousands of dollars and thousands of man hours by preventing damage to the aircraft skin and floor panels.

The generals and Wing support team boarded an Army National Guard HH-60 Black Hawk helicopter to fly to Pease, where Wing leadership concluded the day with a tour of the base.

The Wing is temporarily operating its air refueling mission out of the civilian airport in Manchester while the runway at the Pease International Airport undergoes renovations scheduled from Sept. 8-22.

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