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Hurlburt Field maintainers prepare for Total Force Exercise 17-3

Air Commandos with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron repair an MC-130H Combat Talon II engine malfunction and train fellow maintainers at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircraft maintainers are on-call to tend to aircraft issues ensuring mission readiness and the most capable training opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Air Commandos with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron repair an MC-130H Combat Talon II engine malfunction and train fellow maintainers at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircraft maintainers are on-call to tend to aircraft issues ensuring mission readiness and the most capable training opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

An Air Commando with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, repairs a malfunctioning bleed regulator valve on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. The aircraft's bleed regulator valve can get stuck open, reducing pressure and robbing the engine of the power necessary to perform in some emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

An Air Commando with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, repairs a malfunctioning bleed regulator valve on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. The aircraft's bleed regulator valve can get stuck open, reducing pressure and robbing the engine of the power necessary to perform in some emergency situations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Maj. Jeff Westerman, commander of the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Master Sgt. Carl Snider, superintendent of the 901st SOAMXS, observe their personnel as they repair an MC-130H Combat Talon II engine malfunction at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Commanders and superintendents frequently visit their Airmen on the flight line to enhance readiness and boost morale as they get after the mission in the heat, cold or rain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Maj. Jeff Westerman, commander of the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron, and Senior Master Sgt. Carl Snider, superintendent of the 901st SOAMXS, observe their personnel as they repair an MC-130H Combat Talon II engine malfunction at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Commanders and superintendents frequently visit their Airmen on the flight line to enhance readiness and boost morale as they get after the mission in the heat, cold or rain. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Air Commandos with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron train fellow maintainers during an engine malfunction repair on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircraft maintainers are on-call to tend to aircraft issues, ensuring mission readiness and the most capable training opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Air Commandos with the 901st Special Operations Maintenance Squadron train fellow maintainers during an engine malfunction repair on an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircraft maintainers are on-call to tend to aircraft issues, ensuring mission readiness and the most capable training opportunities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Senior Airman Adam Chudnofsky, right, a loadmaster with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, instructs a forklift driver with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron to lower the forks while loading an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircrew loaded an individual storage unit in preparation for Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Smyrna, Tn. This TFX is a joint forces training exercise that gives members of the 1st Special Operations Wing the opportunity to work in a joint capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Senior Airman Adam Chudnofsky, right, a loadmaster with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, instructs a forklift driver with the 1st Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron to lower the forks while loading an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircrew loaded an individual storage unit in preparation for Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Smyrna, Tn. This TFX is a joint forces training exercise that gives members of the 1st Special Operations Wing the opportunity to work in a joint capacity. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Senior Airman Adam Chudnofsky, right, a loadmaster with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, guides in a K-loader while loading equipment onto an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircrew loaded an individual storage unit and other equipment necessary in preparation for Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Smyrna, Tn. TFX 17-3 is a joint forces training exercise that gives members of the 1st Special Operations Wing the opportunity to work in a joint capacity. MC-130H loadmasters make up less than one percent of the loadmaster career field and attend a specialized school for the aircraft after logging at least 500 hours on base-model C-130 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Senior Airman Adam Chudnofsky, right, a loadmaster with the 15th Special Operations Squadron, guides in a K-loader while loading equipment onto an MC-130H Combat Talon II at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. Aircrew loaded an individual storage unit and other equipment necessary in preparation for Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Smyrna, Tn. This TFX is a joint forces training exercise that gives members of the 1st Special Operations Wing the opportunity to work in a joint capacity. MC-130H loadmasters make up less than one percent of the loadmaster career field and attend a specialized school for the aircraft after logging at least 500 hours on base-model C-130 aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Air Commandos with the 15th Special Operations Squadron prepare an MC-130H Combat Talon II for departure as part of a Hurricane Exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. A HUREX is designed to prepare military units with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect personnel and equipment in the event of a hurricane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

Air Commandos with the 15th Special Operations Squadron prepare an MC-130H Combat Talon II for departure as part of a Hurricane Exercise at Hurlburt Field, Fla., July 7, 2017. A HUREX is designed to prepare military units with the knowledge and skills necessary to protect personnel and equipment in the event of a hurricane. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Curtin)

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. -- Aircrew and maintainers prepared an 15th Special Operations Squadron MC-130H Combat Talon II, loaded an individual storage unit, as well as other equipment necessary in preparation for Total Force Exercise 17-3 at Smyrna, Tn. This TFX is a joint forces training exercise that gives members of the 1st Special Operations Wing the opportunity to work in a joint capacity. MC-130H loadmasters make up less than one percent of the loadmaster career field and attend a specialized school for the aircraft after logging at least 500 hours on base-model C-130 aircraft.