Alabama National Guard
230908-Z-FG097-2097.JPG Photo By: Staff Sgt. Shelby Thurman

JFHQ - From left, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. David Kennedy, 117th Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion flight chief, is handed a KC-135R Stratotanker CFM56 engine’s fan blade from U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tyler Gearhart, a 117 MXS crew chief, on Sept. 8, 2023, at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base, Alabama. This removal of the 44 fan blades from each of the jet’s four engines are replaced after every 1,500 flight hours, which is about every year and a half. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Shelby Thurman)


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Video by Staff Sgt. William Frye
From Foster Care to Flight
Joint Force Headquarters - Alabama National Guard
March 8, 2022 | 4:36
Sgt. Lisa Arnett, a CH-47 Chinook crew chief with the ALNG’s B Co. 1-169th Aviation Regiment, talks about her life, career, and motivations at Sumpter Smith Joint National Guard Base in Birmingham, Alabama, Feb. 8, 2022. Arnett’s childhood of trauma and abuse in the foster care system led her to service in the Alabama National Guard, which turned her story into a positive force of change for others like her.

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