Aircrew flight equipment ensures safety and readiness

Ephraim Thomas, right, and James Vanherwaarden, aircrew flight equipment technicians with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, perform 30-day visual inspections on aircrew helmets at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. The helmets are inspected for damages and disinfected every 30 days, while the helmets are completely broken down and rebuilt every 90 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Ephraim Thomas, right, and James Vanherwaarden, aircrew flight equipment technicians with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, perform 30-day visual inspections on aircrew helmets at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. The helmets are inspected for damages and disinfected every 30 days, while the helmets are completely broken down and rebuilt every 90 days. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

SSgt Carmen Lopez-Torres, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, operates a scot tester at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. A scot tester is used to test the seal of an oxygen mask, ensuring the mask is fitted properly and functions correctly in the event aircrew members need to utilize oxygen during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

SSgt Carmen Lopez-Torres, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, operates a scot tester at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. A scot tester is used to test the seal of an oxygen mask, ensuring the mask is fitted properly and functions correctly in the event aircrew members need to utilize oxygen during flight. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Staff Sgt. Carmen Lopez-Torres, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, performs a 30-day visual inspection on aircrew helmets at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. The 30-day visual inspection requires that AFE technicians examine the helmet and mask for any damage or missing components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Staff Sgt. Carmen Lopez-Torres, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, performs a 30-day visual inspection on aircrew helmets at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. The 30-day visual inspection requires that AFE technicians examine the helmet and mask for any damage or missing components. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Rachel Yates)

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Caicedo, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support squadron, packs an LRU-33A 20-man emergency life raft kit for an AC-130J Ghostrider at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. Caicedo inspects the equipment required to complete the LRU-33A to ensure the equipment is not out of date and safe to use in the event of an in-flight emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Tech. Sgt. Phillip Caicedo, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support squadron, packs an LRU-33A 20-man emergency life raft kit for an AC-130J Ghostrider at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. Caicedo inspects the equipment required to complete the LRU-33A to ensure the equipment is not out of date and safe to use in the event of an in-flight emergency. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Airman 1st Class Cody Houston, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, tests an MBU-19/P chemical protection mask at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. Mask are cleaned with soapy water and inflated to test for air leaks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

Airman 1st Class Cody Houston, an aircrew flight equipment technician with the 1st Special Operations Support Squadron, tests an MBU-19/P chemical protection mask at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15, 2017. Mask are cleaned with soapy water and inflated to test for air leaks. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Parkinson)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Aircrew flight equipment personnel at the 4th Special Operations Squadron issue and maintain flight equipment at Hurlburt Field, Fla., June 15. AFE personnel are responsible for ensuring aircrew have the necessary tools for safe flying operations and are prepared for emergency situations.